The ambulatory emergency care service at Scunthorpe hospital assesses, treats and discharges patients on the same day.Patients referred to the unit are seen by a senior clinician so decisions about their care can be made quickly, preventing where possible the need to admit them to an inpatient bed.
Traditionally acute medical patients are admitted to a hospital ward and assessed by a consultant to decide what diagnostics or treatment they need. Ambulatory care is based on the idea that some medical conditions can be managed in an outpatient setting with the appropriate diagnostic and support services to hand.
The unit is based on the clinical decision unit at the hospital.
Patients can be referred to the unit either by their GP or staff in the emergency centre at the hospital. Patients will have to meet a specific set of criteria before they are referred to the service. The types of patients include cellulitis, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), non-cardiac chest pains and people who have suffered first seizures.
Clinical decision unit
Scunthorpe General Hospital