Acute Assessment Unit (AAU)
The AAU is a clinical area where we can deliver same day emergency care (SDEC) for people with acute medical problems. The Unit is based on Tamar Ward at Derriford Hospital, which increases our capacity to assess people in an efficient and compassionate way, supporting patient choice and offering alternatives to hospital admission.
The AAU is provided by a multidisciplinary team, including GPs, therapists, nurses, doctors, pharmacists, administration and management, who link with community services and work with community GPs, SWAST and other clinicians to make best use of the hospital and to manage people without needing to come to the Emergency Department. We provide space for specialist clinics such as neurology and work to enhance the ways in which hospital specialists can manage patients without requiring admission. The AAU is open Monday to Friday (08.00-20.00).
We now have an enlarged area with space designed to reduce the risks of infection and to provide dignified care. We are grateful for the strategic vision across the urgent care system to deliver quality SDEC services.