The new Acute Medical Assessment Unit (AMAU) in Tullamore, which is hoped will benefit patients throughout the region was officially opened last week.
The unit officially opened its doors to patients, last December, as part of the Acute Medicine Programme which was launched by the HSE in early 2011.
A spokesperson for the HSE said that all GP’s can refer parties who meet a pre-defined set of clinical conditions.
The HSE said that the Midland Regional Hospital at Portlaoise is currently implementing the Acute Medicine Programme and a Medical Assessment Unit is an integral part of this programme
The unit contains six assessment beds in a defined area and is supervised by a designated Consultant Physician who is supported by dedicated Nursing, Medical and associated specialist services. A decision regarding discharge/admission should be made within 6 hours. In the event of discharge, the relevant GP will be informed of the decision together with all the relevant clinical details and care plans.
The team at the AMAU work closely with the emergency department and other regional medical specialities at MRH Tullamore to provide immediate treatment for patients and follow-up after assessment.
The opening of the AMAU is part of the ongoing expansion of services at MRH Tullamore.