Progress So Far
Medical Assessment Unit Re-Opens to
The Medical Assessment Unit has recently
re-opened after a complete refurbishment and the new unit will
offer patients and families care in a same-sex accommodation.
Previously, the unit comprised of three bays which meant the
observation of patients, critical to a unit of this nature, was
challenging. It also meant that space was restricted and this
impacted not only on day-to-day running but the opportunities
available to ensure the unit was same-sex accommodation
After a 16 week period of construction work,
the unit has now reopened and is hardly recognisable to what it
used to be. Greeting patients, staff and visitors now is a warm and
welcoming reception at the entrance to the unit. It will now be
staffed by ward clerks and will act as a 'meet and greet' area. The
unit is now divided into two large 13-bedded areas with four
isolation rooms. This takes the number of beds
to 30, an increase of two which will make a huge difference
to the flow of patients through the unit.
Victoria Entwistle, Modern Matron for MAU
said: "The refurbishment has allowed us to address not only the
general working of the unit but also to take into consideration and
improve same-sex accommodation and infection control issues. We
have an increase in the number of sinks on the unit and the new
central nursing station will allow our staff to monitor and observe
patients. This will help with the privacy and dignity of patients,
especially with those who are vulnerable. We have also included a
number of internal windows and the use of clever decorating helps
the unit feel light and airy as it does not have much external
She continued, "It's not just physical changes
either. The fact that we are moving into a fantastic new unit has
given us the opportunity to look at how best to staff these areas.
We are going to have a focus on education and training for all
staff and have used the opportunity to restructure our internal
methods of team working. This is a really exiting new start for the
team on the medical assessment unit.
To help with the changes, the MAU has
appointed a new Ward Manager and they will also be re-launching
their operational policy to underpin the purpose of the unit.
To see photos of the unit before and after the
redevelopment click here.