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Medical investigation unit shortlisted for an award

BJN awards logo The medical investigations unit (MIU) at Poole Hospital has been shortlisted for a national award in recognition of its innovative and unique approach to care.

The unit has been shortlisted in the innovation category at the British Journal of Nursing (BJN) awards, an annual ceremony that recognises excellence in nursing. This year’s ceremony will take place at the Swan Underglobe in London on 21 March.

Originally developed as an alternative to inpatient admissions, allowing patients to come in during the day and avoid staying in overnight, the hospital’s MIU is one of only a handful in the UK.

The unit is led entirely by specialist trained nurses offering patient-focused treatments for a range of conditions including a wide variety of intravenous therapies and procedures, haematological conditions and investigations as well as pacemaker and cardioversion pre-assessment and after care.

On arrival patients are assessed by nurses, who then deliver the clinical care needed, including the prescribing of medications, delivering complex treatment regimens and supporting patients throughout the treatment.

The MIU was among the first places in England where nurses can authorise blood and blood products.

Geoffrey Walker, matron for medicine, cardiology and specialist nursing services, said: “I am immensely proud of the unit and the staff who strive to ensure that patients receive care in a warm and friendly environment.

“The type of care offered in MIU means that patients can go home every day to their families and loved ones.”

The shortlisted entries will be assessed by a judging panel comprising Julie Smith, editor of the BJN, and Ian Peate, the BJN's editor-in-chief, plus judges from relevant societies and professional associations.

Date: 15 March 2014

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