If you’ve got an urgent health problem and you’re referred to hospital by your GP or you’ve visited the A&E department, you may be sent to an Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit.
In the past, a patient referred to hospital with an urgent health problem would attend the A&E department where they would be assessed and then sent to a specialist unit. Following this, they may have been admitted to hospital for further tests or treatment taking unnecessary time.
Recent improvements in care mean that some people access health services in a different way, through the new Ambulatory Emergency Care Units. These units are already providing speedier access to tests and treatment, and the need for a stay in hospital is being reduced.
There are Ambulatory Emergency Care Units at both Dewsbury and Pinderfields Hospitals. They care for patients who need a quick diagnosis and treatment, often without the need for admission to a hospital bed.
Working in practice
Cllr Paul Kane visited his GP in March last year. He had been experiencing some health issues for a while so his GP decided to refer him to the Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit that same day.
Paul was quickly seen at the unit and was given a chest X-ray which identified an enlarged heart. At 4pm that day, he had a procedure to drain the fluid from his heart.
Cllr Kane said: “I am eternally grateful for the care and fast response I received from my GP, for the support of the staff at Dewsbury Hospital Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit. They saved my life, as I was days away from death. Within hours I was receiving the best care possible.”