About our acute medicine service

The acute medicine department specialises in the rapid assessment, diagnosis and treatment of acute medical conditions.

Acute medicine is delivered  through three co-located units

  • Acute medical unit, including 8 beds for rapid assessment by the medical team after presentation to ED and a further 31 beds for short staying patients (48 hours)
  • Amber unit, a 17 bedded short stay area for elderly frail patients
  • Ambulatory emergency care (AEC), a same day emergency care service to safely manage patients with acute conditions via non-admitted pathways

The acute medicine service is led by consultants who are available to provide early senior review and decision making to minimize waits and delays in the patients’ care journey. The acute medicine department is supported by a multiprofessional team and a large number of other medical specialties .

Conditions we treat

The acute medicine department is the first place the majority of patients will be transferred to after presenting to the emergency department for assessment or treatment. This may include but is not limited to;

 

  • Asthma/Respiratory distress
  • Pneumonia
  • Chest pain
  • Infections or virus
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Seizure
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Cellulitis

How to prepare for your visit

All patients attending Acute medicine services are encouraged to bring with them any prior medical history and a referral letter.

Refer a patient

Referrals from GPs and external partners can be made via:

  • For ambulatory care referrals or for acute medical advice, please ring the Acute Medicine hot phone (07436 036 515)
  • For frail/elderly patients please call the Frailty hotphone (07436 561 077)
  • Out of hours for acute medical advice or assessment please ring switchboard and ask to bleep the medical registrar (020 8887 2000)

Meet our team

Consultants

  • Dr David Stanton, Consultant acute physician and clinical director
  • Dr Helen Ward, Consultant acute physician
  • Dr Zaheer Mangera, Consultant in respiratory medicine and acute medicine
  • Dr Christopher Valerio, Consultant in respiratory medicine and acute medicine
  • Dr Roger Rear, Consultant in cardiology and acute medicine
  • Dr Fahad Iqbal, Consultant in cardiology and acute medicine
  • Dr Salman Sajid, Consultant in nephrology and acute medicine
  • Dr Girish Rayangoudar, Counsultant in endocrinology and diabetes, and acute medicine
  • Dr Ravi Menon, Counsultant in endocrinology and diabetes, and acute medicine

Nursing

  • Anna May Charles, Head of Nursing
  • Laurence Dookie, Matron for AMU, AEC and Amber
  • Esther Omotosho, AMU ward manager

Administration

  • James Wood, Service Manager, Acute Medicine and Care of the Elderly
  • Jack Hilton, Deputy Service Manager, Acute Medicine and Care of the Elderly
  • Tina Osborn, Medical Secretary, Medicine and Urgent Care
  • Ciydem Atalar, Medical Secretary, Medicine and Urgent Care
  • Melissa Fisher, Medical Secretary, Medicine and Urgent Care

Where to find us

The Acute medicine service locations can all be found on the site of the North Mid. These include:

  • Acute Medical unit, Main Hospital, Level 0
  • Ambulatory care, Main Hospital, Level 0