Types of acute conditions we treat in AAU
Our Acute Admissions Unit is an instant, clinical referral system for patients who require an urgent, general medical or surgical consultant review. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, this acute service offers access to a rota of consulting physicians and surgeons working on an on call basis.
When we first opened our Acute Admissions Unit in 2012, it was to fill a much needed service for our patients who became ill outside of our standard clinic and surgical hours and needed urgent but not emergency treatment. Our acute patients will stay in the unit on a short term basis for treatment, they will then be discharged after treatment or transferred into the main hospital for further treatment.
Call our dedicated GP line for AAU admissions on 020 7483 5999
What happens during an acute admission?
Becoming ill can be unexpected. Whether you're at home, in a hotel room or staying with a friend, we are ready to care for you at any time of the day, even if it's 3am in the morning! GPs can call our dedicated line - 020 7483 5999
Your GP will make an initial assessment of your condition and contact the unit to admit you to the hospital for investigations.
We can assist with arranging a taxi should you need assistance with getting to the hospital.
On arrival you will be registered by our team in the unit and our resident doctor will make you comfortable and explain what will happen next, arranging for any initial tests or administering any necessary medication.
A rota of physicians, surgeons and specialist nurses are in place to ensure anyone admitted to the unit is seen by the appropriate doctor as soon as they arrive.
For urgent oncology cases, our specialist nurses will assist you in line with your oncologists recommendations.
After investigations, a treatment plan is agreed. From this plan you will either be discharged home or transferred to the appropriate nursing floor for further treatment.
Onsite support services - 020 7483 5999
Due to the complex nature of some acute conditions we may need to perform a range of diagnostic tests or scans to determine a diagnosis. Some areas of the hospital who work closely with the Acute Admissions Unit include
Please be aware
All admissions must be referred by a GMC registered health professional.
Our acute service excludes conditions such as crushing chest pains, chronic renal failure, dialysis, obstetrics, and paediatrics. Out-of-hours urgent care for children is offered by our sister hospital The Portland Hospital for Women & Children
Insurance cover or a deposit covering the patient's care is required on admission
The acute admissions service is part of a wider HCA Healthcare service with an Urgent Care Centre based at The Princess Grace Hospital and similar medical and surgical services in place at The London Bridge Hospital and The Harley Street Clinic.
Our intensive care doctors work together with specialist nurses, to help the patient's and their family adjust and manage the intensive treatment process.
We are open 24/7 and our on-call team can perform, CT, MRI and X-rays at short notice should an urgent acute admission require a diagnostic scan.
How do we investigate?