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Whiteparish Ward 

Alternative Name:
Whiteparish Acute Medical Unit
Ward Description:
21 bedded medical assessment unit. Patients admitted from the Emergency Department and directly from GPs
Location: Description
Level 4
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Best Place to Park:
Car Parks at front or rear of hospital. Patients can be dropped and collected from the entrance nearest to the Nunton Day Unit.
Ward Layout:
21 bed medical assessment unit. 3 single rooms, 1 with ensuite shower, toilet and basin. 18 beds divided between 3 bays with ensuite shower, toilet and basin. There are 4 additional single sex bathrooms.
Other Information:

Whiteparish AMU is an Acute Medical Unit (AMU) which provides rapid assessment, investigation, diagnosis, and treatment for adult patients (over the age of 16) who have been referred directly to the team by the GP or Accident &  Emergency Department because they have an urgent medical problem that needs specialist assessment.

This is a busy unit which is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year and sees around 9,000 to 10,000 patients every year.

Patients undergo a number of assessments which take place in a private trolley area (please note that in-between these assessments, patients are asked to return to the seating area, but only if they are well enough to do so). The assessments include initial observations such as blood pressure and pulse, and a discussion about symptoms and medical history. A number of tests and investigations are also carried out where these are felt to be appropriate. These could include blood and urine tests, X Rays and scans or an Electro Cardiograph (ECG) to monitor the heart

A consultant will then make a final decision as to whether a patient needs to be admitted to hospital for treatment or further investigations. However, around a quarter of patients do not need any further immediate attention and are able to go home. Some may be given an appointment to be seen again as an outpatient for further tests. For patients who are discharged, urgent appointments are available in case they become unwell again after leaving the hospital

About the Team:

The Medical Assessment Unit is run by a team of dedicated staff. This includes, doctors, nurses, administrators, domestic staff, pharmacists, nursing assistants, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.
The lead doctors for the unit are Dr Nicola Finneran and Dr Stuart Henderson who are both consultants in Acute Medicine. The nurse in charge is Sister Helen Benfield.

Direct Telephone No:
01722 336262 extension 4183
Nurse in Charge:
Sister Helen Benfield
Visiting Hours:
Open Visiting 11am - 8pm.
Max Visitors:
2 per bed
Age Restrictions:
Children under the age of 5 at the discretion of the Nurse-in-Charge
Number of Beds:
Acute Medicine
Clinical Lead
Page Last Updated: 03/07/2014 11:26 
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