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Ambulatory Care Unit

The Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU) provides assessment, diagnosis and treatment with the aim of getting patients home safely on the same day, without the need for an overnight stay or admission to hospital. The Unit is staffed by our team of Acute Physicians, with input being given by specialist teams.

The Unit provides a mixture of reclining chairs, examination cubicles and procedure rooms.

Suitability for ACU is considered at the point of referral which can be either from your GP or the Emergency Department. Patients suitable for ACU will be directed to the ACU reception area where they will be registered and have their initial observations commenced. Patients attending ACU will be required to wait in a seated area and must be self-caring for activities of daily living (or at least accompanied by someone who can support them with these). Patients may be asked to return to the unit for a follow up appointment, following treatment or a scan.

The ACU is focussed on provident the right care for our patients, in the right place and they treat:

• Patients needing emergency care who are referred by their GP
• Patients redirected from our emergency department
• Patients who have been in hospital, providing support to go home in a safe and timely manner

Once assessed patients will be made aware of a likely discharge time and will be asked to make their own travel arrangements. Where this is not possible, the team can assist in making necessary arrangements.

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


By referral


The Ambulatory Care Unit is located on the ground floor of the main hospital building

The Ambulatory Care Unit

Ground Floor

Manchester Royal Infirmary

Oxford Road


M13 9WL


Reception - 0161 701 7561

Fax - 0161 276 3385

Additional Information:

The Unit is open between 9am and 5pm, five days a week however patients attending ACU should arrive no later than 4.30pm. This is to ensure sufficient time for assessment and treatment.