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Putting medicine on the map - hospital staff to mark first ever acute medicine awareness day

This Wednesday (20 June) marks the first ever national acute medicine awareness day. Staff working in the service at Poole Hospital will be giving members of the public the chance to find out more about the work that takes place on the emergency assessment unit, Ansty.

Acute medicine is a specialty which deals with the immediate and early treatment of patients when they are first admitted to hospital. At Poole Hospital, this means early intervention from senior clinicians to ensure patients spend the least amount of time in hospital.

Patients are referred to Ansty, which opened in 2004 and treats a range of conditions ranging from chest pains and shortness of breath to diabetic and other emergencies, by their GP or by the hospital’s emergency department. All referrals between 9am-7pm are taken personally by the consultant on duty.

Around 300 patients are treated on the 23-bed unit each month, with approximately 90 per cent assessed by a consultant within 12 hours. Of these, around half are discharged within 24 hours – avoiding what would traditionally have meant a longer inpatient stay in hospital.

While Ansty has been around for some years, one recent development has been the introduction of a new acute medicine clinic. This facility enables patients, who may previously have been admitted to hospital, to have their condition managed instead as an outpatient where appropriate.

Clinic patients are offered diagnostic tests and investigations in the same timescale as inpatients, ensuring the effective treatment of their condition can begin without delay.

Dr Muhammed Ilyas is a consultant on Ansty, and believes access to senior medical opinion yields enormous benefits to patients.

“Instead of remaining in hospital as an inpatient, with all the extra worry and inconvenience that can bring with it, early specialist medical input cuts down the length of time a patient is in hospital and ensures they can leave feeling better, sooner,” he said.

“The clinic is a great development and means we can offer the same high quality care a patient would receive if they were admitted without requiring a stay in hospital.

“We hope this awareness day will help increase understanding of this growing specialty among the public.”

The awareness day is organised by the Society of Acute Medicine, and aims to highlight the important contribution the specialty makes in improving patient care.

The public can meet staff from Ansty and find out more about their work in the Dome, adjacent to entrances seven and eight, at Poole Hospital, between 10am-2pm. There will also be a chance to buy cakes, baked by consultants on the unit, with proceeds from sales going towards the unit’s equipment fund.

Date: 18 June 2012

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