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Medical Assessment Unit Re-Opens to Patients

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 compliant.

 

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 en-suite

 

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 light."

 

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.