£70,000 investment in ambulatory care unit means patients are seen quicker

Thursday, 8 November 2018 £70,000 investment in ambulatory care unit means patients are seen quicker

Patients referred by GPs and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary’s Emergency Department (ED) to the site’s Ambulatory Care Unit are being seen in a more timely fashion thanks to the Trust’s investment in three new consulting rooms.

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The Ambulatory Care Unit at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) sees around 500 patients a month who are suffering from conditions such as chest pain, chest infections, potential deep vein thrombosis,

and cellulitis (a bacterial infection of the skin and tissues). It is currently in the top 25% of trusts nationally for same day emergency conditions – seeing patients within 24 hours.

Work started at the end of June 2018 to transform an area of the unit which housed a vending machine into the three consulting rooms and was completed by the 6August 2018, opening to the public shortly after. The vending machine has been relocated to another area of the unit. The revamp includes artwork by one of the unit’s clinicians Dr Melanie Mukherji.

Lynne Lawson, Unit Manager, UHMBT, said: “The three new consulting rooms, along with our three treatment rooms means that patients are now seen in a more timely fashion and we have greater capacity to see more patients.

“GPs and ED refer patients to the Ambulatory Care Unit when they want a medical opinion. Patient safety, care and experience is paramount at the Trust and the new consulting rooms will help to alleviate the amount patients coming into ED or being transferred to an inpatient bed - saving bed days.

“We truly believe the Ambulatory Care Unit is the future of medicine and we are excited for what the future holds.” One of the new consulting rooms at the ACU at the RLI.jpg

The team also works closely with North West Ambulance Service regarding direct admissions and with North West Cancer Service.

Dr David Walker, Medical Director, UHMBT, said: “Ambulatory Care Units  or same day emergency care are a way of managing a significant proportion of emergency patients on the same day without admission to a hospital bed, giving the opportunity to better manage patient flow, improve patient experience and reduce acute hospital admissions.

 “This is a fantastic improvement which has transformed the Ambulatory Care Unit at the RLI. Well done to everyone involved.”


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