Surgical Ambulatory Care Unit

The Surgical Ambulatory Care Unit (SACU) at Grimsby hospital is based on ward B2.

The service was set up in 2018 with the aim of getting more urgent surgical emergency cases treated and back home in the same day.


The SACU treats surgical emergency patients who are not confined to a trolley and don’t need bed-based treatment. Referrals come directly from GPs, advanced nurse practitioner’s or doctors
in the hospital’s accident and emergency department.

The types of patients accepted include those with non-specific abdominal pain, non-obstructed hernia, abscesses and post-operative wounds. The unit does not see trauma or orthopaedic cases or
patients who are bleeding or septic. The unit is part of the Trust’s SAFER initiative and the objective is to improve patient experience, reduce waiting times and readmissions and ensure only
patients requiring in-patient acute care are admitted to hospital.

Patients who would previously have been admitted as inpatients are seen by a dedicated surgeon who assesses, diagnoses and operatives on them on the same day.

The SACU is open from 9am until 8pm, seven days a week, with the last patient being accepted at 6pm.