Patients and Visitors
The Medical Assessment Unit (MAU) receives acutely ill medical patients from primary care via GP referral and referral from the Emergency Department. The unit is divided into MAU Thrushel and MAU Tavy. The unit is supported by the Acute GP Service and the Rapid Response Team.
To develop a department that works continually to improve patient-centred care, focusing on a professional, multidisciplinary approach, supported by respect, best practice, good communication, and a willingness to change the way we work.
On arrival all patients are assessed by a nurse and doctor with the most seriously ill patients seen first. Initial investigations such as blood tests, X rays and an ECG may be requested and an initial management plan decided. A duty Emergency Consultant will review all emergency admissions regularly. Formal ward rounds take place twice a day. Patients are then transferred to the acute medical ward, a specialist ward, or discharged home.
Thrushel Ward Manager and Charge Nurse: Nigel Booth
Tavy Ward Manager and Sister: Alison Griffiths
Dr Girish Bommayya
Dr Aileen Coupe
Dr Kate Evans
Dr Nirosha Gunatillake
Dr Rebecca Herbert
Dr Austin Hunt
Dr Helen Parker-Bray
Murdina Andrews (01752 438290)
Rebecca Frost (01752 438290)
Sarah Skelton (01752 439289)
The rapid response team consists of an occupational therapist, social worker and administrator, supported by a physiotherapist. They provide support for patients requiring additional help with mobility or social care once they leave hospital and facilitate timely discharge from the unit.
The Medical Assessment Unit is located on Level 6.
Thrushel - 01752 439478
Tavy - 01752 439475
This is a hospital based primary care service designed to facilitate choices for patients and clinicians when a request for an urgent medical admission is made.
The service was launched during October 2005 to consolidate previous work undertaken to address escalating admission rates. The main drivers included:
Acute Medical Unit, Level 6, Derriford Hospital
During operational hours the AGPS:
The AGPS mission is to promote choice and ownership within each episode of urgent care. It provides a responsive service and ensures:
It also provides an opportunity for GPs and hospital Physicians to challenge traditional ways of working, and to build relationships enhanced by mutual respect, trust, and an understanding of each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
Strong leadership from the outset has ensured the ultimate aim of patient involvement in their care has been delivered. In addition: