The Medical Assessment Unit

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.

MAU Assessment

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: Fiona Sandercock 

Tavy Ward Manager: Vikki Airey


Service Lead DirectorDr 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                 

Medical Secretaries

Murdina Andrews         01752 439290

Rebekah Cocker          01752 430088

Rebecca Frost             01752 430088

Sophie O’Keefe           01752 439289

Contact Numbers

Thrushel                      01752 439478

Tavy                             01752 431748


Read more information about the Medical SDEC (Same Day Emergency Care)

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