Royal Bournemouth Hospital announces ‘biggest change’ in acute medicine

Same-day emergency care and the acute medical unit are now co-located at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and a new patient journey is in place in the “biggest change in acute medicine for a decade”.

The pathway, introduced in a bid to reduce hospital admissions, requires patients to be “same day emergency care (SDEC) patients” until proven otherwise when first entering the hospital. acute medical unit (AMU).

They will undergo a rapid assessment by a senior member of AMU in the new assessment area and then either be admitted to AMU or SDEC.

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It is expected that this should result in more patients being treated in SDEC, with a philosophy that “admission is the exception”.

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The wards themselves are linked by a bay on the AMU to the SDEC area, and the new trolley/chair assessment area – accommodating up to five patients – allows for greater flexibility in managing medical patients. treble.

The new pathway will result in less pressure and inpatient bed requirements, and will mean that patients will be assessed earlier in their journey, allowing them to be treated and cared for in the most appropriate environment.

Earlier assessment also means that initial diagnoses can be arranged earlier, which will help reduce length of stay, which in turn will help with the availability of beds in the hospital. Waiting times in the emergency department and waiting times for GP patients will also be reduced.

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Mel Ivory, Matron of the Acute and Ambulatory Care Branch, said: “This is the biggest change in acute medicine at the RBH site in the last 10 years and will have a really positive impact on patients and hopefully -le, on the incoming flow of patients. We are really excited to see the changes take effect.

“A huge thank you to everyone involved in the project who helped build our vision and make it a reality. The contribution of the staff has been incredible and I know that their openness to new ways of working will make this new path a success.”

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