Those who need emergency medical care will sometimes find that they are taken to an acute care centre first before they are transferred to a ward or given necessary medical care. If you’ve been transferred to an AMU, here’s what you should expect while you’re there.
A Medical Gateway
An AMU is essentially a gateway between the Accident and Emergency ward and the rest of the hospital. You’ll be there for a short amount of time, usually about 24-48 hours. This timing may change depending on the availability of beds in the ward you need or your condition. Your doctors will keep you informed of how long they expect you to be there.
Who Works In the AMU
There are a variety of staff who work in the Acute Medical Unit, all who are trained in various areas of medicine. They’ll work to either improve your health enough to send you home, or send you into the care of trained experts, such as those at Guy’s And St. Thomas’ Private Health Care. You can expect to see psychiatric services, cardiologists, general surgeons, and more around the ward. The doctors you see will depend on your specific issue.
What to Bring to the AMU
You may not have everything you need when you get admitted to the AMU, so it’s a good idea to have someone bring a bag for you. Ask them to pack the following:
- Your current medication
- Slippers and shoes
- Any clothes you’ll need
- Walking aids, such as sticks and frames
- Things to read, such as books and magazines
If you need anything else, you can ask the staff on the ward and they’ll do their best to help you during your stay.
Visitors During Your Stay
While you’re at the Acute Medical Unit, you may have visitors. The visiting hours will be different with every ward, so make sure to ask the staff the schedule for when your loved ones may visit you. Ensure that they stick to these hours so staff can best take care of you while you’re there.
Also, you’ll see that your ward has guidance on young children coming to visit. Generally, it’s best for children under 5 not to come and visit you in the unit. Their immune systems aren’t fully developed, so they’ll be much more susceptible to infections and other diseases. Ask them to stay home, so they won’t be able to catch or spread any infections.
On the subject of infection, your unit will try its hardest to stop any potential infections from spreading throughout their patients. All patients will be screened for MRSA and will be given cleaning tools to kill any infection. You may also be placed inside a room with a closed door if you’re dealing with an infection.
The Acute Medical Unit is there to take good care of you and help decide what further care you should receive. Be sure to talk to the staff if you need any help or information.