Our Surgical Assessment Unit, is a bay of 6 beds designated for all new patients who are suspected of having an illness that may require surgery, and have been referred to the unit by their GP or from Accident and Emergency.
The unit is run 24 hours a day by a senior nurse, with support from a health care assistant and ward clerk during the day. The Surgical Assessment Unit is located on B Level.
What's the purpose of the unit?
The purpose of the unit it to improve the overall experience for patients who may require surgery by reducing the time waiting for assessments and investigations. it also aims to speed up admissions to a hospital ward if required.
How will I be cared for?
We will do all we can to respect your privacy and dignity at all times, but please be aware that both men and women are cared for in the same bay.
We will use curtains to provide privacy, but recognise this may not be sufficient for everyone. Please let the senior nurse know if we can do more.
At times the assessment unit can be a busy area and a bed may not be immediately available for you. If this is the case, you may have to wait in the Assessment Unit Waiting Area located at the top end of the ward.
For more information about the surgical assessment unit, what you may need to bring with you and other details, please download our Patient Information Leaflet below.