Ambulatory Care Unit

Published on Jul 19, 2016

Ambulatory Care Unit

To provide high quality, same-day emergency care in the York Hospital Emergency Department (ED) the CCG and York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust launched an Ambulatory Care Unit pilot in 2015.

The joint initiative was a patient focused service where some conditions could be treated without the need for an overnight stay in hospital. Patients were managed safely and appropriately on the same day before being sent home with on-going clinical follow up as required.

Patients were referred to the Ambulatory Care service via the hospital’s ED or by their GP and received the same medical treatment you they would previously have received as an inpatient including access to a range of medical, nursing and therapy staff.

The aim of the pilot was to provide patients with the care required to treat a wide range of conditions during set opening hours. Patients were able to return home and if they required further treatment on another day, this was arranged for them at the most appropriate time and place.

The service was available seven days a week from 9am to 9pm and located in the front of the ED at York Hospital which allowed the service to integrate and work closely with the ED team.

The Ambulatory Care pilot ran for a successful period until the 31 March 2015. After evaluation of the pilot’s performance it was decided to continue with this service on a permanent basis.

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