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Acute Medical Unit

The acute medical unit (AMU) is the first point of entry for  patients who are referred to hospital as emergencies by their GP or who require admission from the emergency department.

AMU is a busy environment and we receive roughly 50 to 70 admissions every day.

It is not normally a long-term stay area for patients and we expect to send them home or move them to a speciality ward within 24 to 72 hours.

To maintain the highest quality of care and treatment for everyone, we involve a number of professional teams in our work, including the medical, nursing, therapies, pharmacy and administrative teams.

The unit sees patients presenting with a range of acute medical problems, but common problems treated include: heart problems; asthma, chest infection and other respiratory conditions; gastrointestinal bleeding; drug and alcohol problems; and acute illness in the elderly.

Our Services:

  • AMU-1
  • AMU-2
  • AMU-3
  • GP assessment unit
  • Ambulatory Emergency clinic


We will be developing a medical high dependency unit on AMU-1 within the next 12 months.

For more information about working in this speciality or to arrange an informal visit contact:

Matthew Burden (Modern Matron) - [email protected]




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