We’re making transformational changes to our urgent care services and will shortly be opening a brand-new Urgent and Emergency Care Centre for all patients who require urgent and emergency care.
The facility will provide ambulatory care and assessment for emergency patients attending the hospital who need more specialist input than can be provided at our Urgent Treatment Centre or A&E. The AECU (Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit) will be on level 2, adjacent to A&E, and is an ambulatory assessment area which offers emergency care to patients at the hospital. This means that patients are assessed, diagnosed, treated and are able to go home the same day, without being admitted into hospital overnight. The CAU (Clinical Assessment Unit) will be on level 3, which is a rapid patient assessment and treatment unit for a range of specialities including Trauma and Orthopaedics, Medicine, Surgery, and Gynaecology.
From Friday 13th August, all patients attending the hospital for Ambulatory Emergency Care should use the entrance next to the Emergency Department (Rowley Bristow Unit).
The centre has been designed by our clinical teams, patients, and healthcare partners to provide an enhanced, fit for purpose department that ensures patients are treated in the right place, at the right time.