Patient Experience

Patient Experience

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The AMAU is comprised of fifty-five medical beds located in Sir William Wilde and St Kevin’s Wards. The unit provides immediate and early specialist care to medical patients who present to the hospital’s Emergency Department and require admission. Through the provision of designated staff (clinical lead, physicians, highly qualified nurses, allied-health professionals) and access to rapid assessment and diagnosis, the unit facilitates timely commencement of appropriate treatment and early effective integrated discharge planning. This concentration of services aims to reduce the prolonged hospital stay and facilitate early discharge. If AMAU patients are identified as requiring a longer than four or five days’ stay they will be transferred to appropriate specialty or general medical beds.

Specialist medical care: We provide effective, timely treatment, ensuring patients receive standardised safe care by utilising guidelines, algorithms and care pathways outlined by the Acute Medicine National Clinical Programme.

Education: AMAU was voted the best clinical learning environmentin 2020 by Nursing Practice Development Unit graduates.

Pressure area care:  We received the Zzero Pressure Ulcer in-house award in 2021 from the Tissue Viability team.

Quality:  We were the pilot site for optimizing patient flow in the hospital, working with the Lean Transformation team on the Visual Hospital initiative. We also piloted a patient medication safety project.

 Patient feedback:

 ‘The nurses are very friendly and helpful’

‘The nurses have been excellent considering very difficult times’

I have acquired a wealth of learning and a great career progression”. (Staff)

“Great exposure, great learning environment, working very closely with medical teams”. (Staff)

“Great team and shared decision-making environment”. (Staff)

  • Clinical exposure to a wide variety of acute medical conditions.
  • Work with specialist teams for early identification of patients’ needs, early screening, timely diagnosis and early intervention.
  • Opportunity to be involved in quality focused initiatives e.g.” Visual hospital”.
  • Become a link nurse and develop an understanding of metrics and audit.
  • - Flexible hours, online self-rostering and internal transfer       
  • Opportunities to work alongside specialist nurses, gaining expertise that will positively impact on your nursing practice and career progression.
  • Clinical leadership course for staff nurses.
  • Medical/ surgical course.
  • Acute life-threatening events recognition and treatment (ALERT) course.
  • Additional study days including; venepuncture and cannulation, male -catheterisation, and 12 lead ECG interpretation.
  • Study day for healthcare assistants, new nurses/new graduates/ staff nurses.
  • Postgraduate programme/ Masters in Acute Medicine.
  • Other courses provided by the hospital’s Centre for Learning and Development.

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