Hinton Ward no longer has inpatients. It is the site of the Medical Day Unit and Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit and is located in South Wing, Level 2. Those patients who are under the care of the Respiratory team on Hinton are now looked after on our respiratory ward – Moreton Ward (located in South Wing, Level 2). Both AEC and MDU have wifi access and provide basic refreshments. If space allows relatives/carers are welcome to stay whilst treatment is given.
The MDU caters for a range of treatments and recovery after certain procedures that do not require an overnight stay. Examples of this include: administration of blood products, biologic infusions to treat some auto-immune conditions and rheumatoid arthritis as well as non-cancer chemotherapy.
Additionally patients may have their pleural biopsy undertaken on the unit. Patients also recover here after procedures such as renal biopsy, liver and lung biopsy, chest and ascitic drain insertion and venesection.
MDU is staffed and managed by a Ward Sister, supported by a number of Registered Nurses and Health Care Assistants. The environment is bright, spacious and has a waiting area. You may be cared for on a patient trolley if your admission requires it or you will have a comfortable chair to sit in whilst having treatment.
The opening hours are Monday – Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday 8am to 4pm and you will be given an appointment time to attend.
The direct number is 01305 255749.
The AEC Unit sees emergency patients who do not require an overnight stay. Patients are likely to have been referred to the Unit from the Emergency Department, from their General Practitioner or following a discharge from DCH.
Patients that typically attend the unit are those who have had or suspected of having a pulmonary embolus (blood clot on the lung), deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in a vein), cellulitis (skin infection) and chest pain. Some patients may have been seen in ED overnight and asked to return to the AEC Unit the next day for review, as an overnight bed stay or acute admission was not clinically needed for their treatment.
Some patients from the Acute Hospital at Home service may be asked to return to the AEC Unit for review with their consultant.
Whilst on the unit you may be seen, assessed and treated by Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP). AEC is staffed and managed by a Ward Sister, supported by ANP's, Registered Nurses and Health Care Assistants. The environment is bright, spacious and has a waiting area. You will be seen and examined on a patient trolley and, if appropriate to wait, you may be moved back to the waiting area whilst waiting for results in order that others may be seen.
The AEC Unit is open Monday – Friday 8am to 8pm and you will be given an appointment time to attend.
The direct number is 01035 254522.