The Medical Assessment Unit is located on Level 6 and is based on Thrushel and Tavy wards with 46 beds across them. We receive acutely ill medical patients from primary care, Emergency Department and out-patient clinics. We had an additional bay of 6 trolleys to assess GP admissions and triage them to ambulatory care or to admit. MAU is complimented by Ambulatory Assessment Unit (AAU), Acute Frailty Unit (AFU) and Short Stay Ward (SSW). AAU is supported by the Acute GP Services alongside Acute physician. AFU is supported by Health Care of the Elderly (HCE) and Rapid Response Team.
MAU Mission Statement
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. Consultants do ward rounds continuously between 8am-8pm. We are supported by Speciality teams who post Take directly in morning. Average stay on MAU is 48 hours. Patients are transferred to SSW if predicted stay is 72 hours or else will be transferred to a general or specialist ward. As a new development, Acute physicians are now also based in Emergency department to facilitate early senior decision making for medical patients and triage the patients into AAU or discharge from hospital.
Rapid Response Team
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.
Acute GP Service (AGPS)
This is a hospital based primary care service. This was launched during October 2005 to consolidate previous work undertaken to address escalating admission rates. AGPS receives community referrals for adult medical admissions and supports the Intermediate Care Team with the development of alternatives to acute hospital admission
Matron & Ward Managers
Service Line Manager: Helen Churchward
Matron: Stephen Shearman
Thrushel Ward Manager: Stacey Coxon
Tavy Ward Manager: Charlie Pemberton
Service Lead Director – Dr Girish Bommayya – Consultant Acute Physician and Nephrologist
Dr Chrissy Beasley – Consultant Acute Physician
Dr Aileen Coupe – Consultant Acute Physician and Nephrologist
Dr Kate Evans – Consultant Acute Physician and Endocrinologist
Dr Nirosha Gunatillake – Consultant Acute Physician and Nephrologist
Dr Mihaela Gunjaca – Consultant Acute Physician
Dr Austin Hunt – Consultant Acute Physician and Nephrologist
Dr Timothy Tufnell-Barratt – Consultant Intensivist and Acute Physician
Dr Stuart Dickson – Consultant Intensivist and Acute Physician
Dr Rebecca Herbert – Consultant Nephrologist and Acute Physician
Dr Kris Houlberg – Consultant Nephrologist and Acute Physician
Dr Sehba Nehal – Locum Consultant Acute Physician
Dr James Speakman
Dr Eslam Zahran
Speciality Doctor (Registrars)
Dr Ben Vince
Dr Shereen Liew
Murdina Andrews 01752 439290
Rebekah Cocker 01752 430088
Rebecca Frost 01752 430088
Sophie O’Keefe 01752 439289
Thrushel 01752 439478
Tavy 01752 431748
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