Following successful pilots, the James Paget has opened a new Surgical Assessment Unit, located adjacent to Ward 5 in the hospital.
The creation of the Surgical Assessment Unit (SAU) will provide better outcomes for patients coming into the hospital from the Emergency Department by enabling more rapid assessment and treatment through a dedicated team.
In addition to receiving referrals from hospital’s Emergency Department, the SAU will also accept direct referrals from local GPs. Each referral will be assessed by the SAU Surgical Registrar and will result in either the patient being admitted to hospital, provided treatment then discharged, or discharged with the request to return at a later date for diagnostic tests or a planned surgical procedure.
Mr Roshan Lal, the Trust’s Consultant Colorectal & General Surgeon, supported the development of the James Paget’s Surgical Assessment Unit: “Setting up the SAU is a huge step forward for our hospital, following extensive trials and drawing on the experiences at other hospitals in improving rapid access to surgery for patients, where it is needed.
“This will also have a significant impact on waiting times in our Emergency Department, ensuring that people that come to our hospital with surgical needs are seen as quickly as possible, and get further assessment and treatment where required. Opening the Unit up to referrals from local GPs will also support patients, and reduce unnecessary admissions where possible.”
The SAU is a purpose built unit located adjacent to Ward 5, consisting of a three trolleyed bay and consultation room, as well as a small waiting area.