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Acute Medicine

The aim of Acute Medicine is to deliver a high quality, evidenced base, patient centered care for patients presenting with acute medical conditions whilst ensuring that all individuals are treated with dignity and respect within the clinical setting.

The departments in Acute Medicine improves the efficiency in the admission process for unplanned patients by providing assessment, care and treatment for a designated period (usually 48 hours) prior to transfer to a medical ward or home where appropriate.

The Acute Medical Team provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary patient-centered care whilst closely working with other specialist teams based in both hospital and community settings.

Acute Medicine is split into two specific areas the Acute Medical Unit & Ambulatory Care Unit


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Acute Medical Unit


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Ambulatory Care Unit


The Acute Medicine Unit (AMU) at Manchester Royal Infirmary is a 55 bedded unit which includes 7 side rooms. The AMU primary role is to provide a rapid definitive assessment, investigations and treatments for patients admitted as an emergency by their GP or who require admission from the emergency department.

AMU is a busy environment and we receive approximately 40 admissions every day. It is not normally a long term stay area for patients and we expect to send patients home or move patients to a speciality ward within 24 to 48 hours. The unit sees patents presenting with a range of acute medical problems, but common problems treated include; heart problems, asthma, chest infection and other respiratory condition; gastrointestinal bleeding; drug and alcohol problems; and acute illness in the elderly.

On admission to the AMU and to maintain the highest quality of care and treatment for everyone, we involve a number of professional teams in our work, including the medical, nursing, therapies, pharmacy and administrative teams.

During admission on the AMU patients will be allocated a named nurse who will take care of you for that shift and each shift change. They will take baseline observations and work through an admission kardex with the patient.

Patients will be reviewed by one of the specialist acute medical doctors who will assess and examine the patients to develop a plan for their care. The junior doctor working within this area will ensure that your treatment plain is reviewed on a regular basis with support from your consultant team and other professionals working on the AMU.

The consultants ward round starts at 08:00 am each morning with a board round at 11:00 am each morning, and patients maybe visited by either an AMU consultants or one of the visiting consultants form the varying specialities. Patients should be aware that these ward rounds may last until 12:00. A second board round is also commenced at 14:45 pm. Patients may not been seen in order of their arrival time but in order of their clinical need. Throughout the day patients may also be visited by members of our pharmacy or therapy teams to ensure that patients are receiving the right treatment to support their recovery.

Following discharge home, a discharge summary is sent to the patients GP, giving details of investigations and treatment on the unit, with details of medication on discharge and any recommendations for aftercare.


By referral


Acute Medicine Unit
Phase 2, 2nd Floor,
Manchester Royal Infirmary
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9WL


AMU Female - 0161 276 4710
AMU Male - 0161 276 5773
Fax - 0161 276 4307

Additional Information:

Visiting Times:

AMU is open to visitors between 09:00 am - 11:00 am, 14:00 pm - 17:00 pm and 18:30 pm - 20:00 pm each day. The ward operates a protected meal time between the hours of 12.00 pm - 1.00 pm and 17:00 pm - 18:00 pm. Only two visitors are permitted at the bedside at any one time.


Urgent Care Management

AMU Medical Team


AMU Nursing Team

Allied Health Professionals

Ward Clerks

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