An emergency care unit at Milton Keynes Hospital has been officially opened today.
Hospital bosses say emergency patients are being seen much more quickly by senior doctors and nurses thanks to the Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit.
The unit takes patients who need a quick diagnosis and treatment, but are not likely to need admission to the hospital. Patients can come from A&E or are referred directly by their GP. The unit was officially opened by Mayor of Milton Keynes, Brian White.
Hopsital bosses say the new unit gives its patients more suitable, rapid care, as well relieving pressure on A&E.
Acute medicine consultant, Chris Lindesay, said: “Our aim is to tell patients why they feel the way they do, and help them get home quickly and safely. We have access to rapid diagnostic tests, so we can get answers quickly.
“Once patients are diagnosed and treated, we can then give them advice on their medication, and arrange for it to be issued. This means patients are able to get everything they need in one place.”