Two new units are being created at Milton Keynes Hospital to improve
care and access for patients who need emergency medical care.
The Acute Medical Unit and the Short Stay Assessment Unit are opening
on Wednesday, December 17.
The units aim to get patients treated more quickly, reduce length of
stay for patients, avoid unnecessary admissions and improve the safety
and experience of patients using the hospital.
The new Acute Medical Unit (in Ward 1) will integrate the existing
Medical Assessment Unit with the Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit. The
new unit will have a mixture of chairs and trolleys, with patients
staying for a maximum of 12 hours before they are admitted to a
specialty ward or discharged.
The Short Stay Unit (in Ward 2) will have patients staying for a
maximum of 72 hours before being discharged or admitted to a specialty
Both units aim to increase the speed at which patients are assessed by
a consultant; and decision made about the care they need, the next
stage in their treatment, or a decision to discharge them home or to
Joe Harrison, chief executive, said: “This is a really positive
development that will help us see and treat emergency medical patients
more efficiently and effectively. We have already introduced similar
rapid assessment and decision-making for emergency surgical patients,
with a dedicated Surgical Assessment Unit.
“It is particularly important that, in a time of rapidly increasing
demand for acute hospital beds, we continually review how we work and
make positive changes to benefit patients.
“This new model of care will enable us to work smarter, meet national
best-practice standards and provide more streamlined and efficient
care for our patients.”
In addition to the new units, the trust has also commissioned 20
external community beds (in partnership with Patients2People) at the
Milton Court Care Centre for those patients who no longer need acute
beds but are not yet ready to go home.
This will enable the trust to discharge patients from acute beds more
effectively and efficiently, allowing for the increasing demand for
acute beds over winter.
Anyone visiting these departments during this time may be subject to
disruption from the building work we need to do to create the new
units. We will work hard to keep this to a minimum and thank all
visitors to their patience.
For more information on the new model of care visit www.mkhospital.nhs.uk/change