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Assessment Unit

Address: 

Assessment Unit, Lower Ground Floor, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff CF14 4XN

Contact:

Ward Manager:  Ben Durham

Telephone:  02920 744578

University Contact: 

Mr Anthony Pritchard

Position:Lecturer: Adult Nursing
Mr Anthony Pritchard
Telephone: +44 (0)29 206 87802Extension: 87802

Clinical Teacher:

Mrs Tricia Brown

Position:Clinical Teacher - Adult
Ms Tricia Brown
Telephone: +44 (0)29 206 87661Extension: 87661

Remit: 

GP admissions unit for patients with new or ongoing medical problems

Clients: 

Adults

Key Learning Opportunities: 

The Assessment Unit primarily operates as an area of assessment whereby patients are referred by GP’s and out of hours doctors to the medical or surgical teams.  They in turn decide whether the patient will be admitted or discharged possibly with certain follow up tests or clinic appointments.  The unit also accommodates medical or surgical patients from clinics or those referred from the Emergency Unit, where if initial treatment is required it is commenced prior to them being admitted to a ward.

The unit consists of a number of areas including a high care area with three monitor trolleys, a six trolley clinical decisions unit, 18 other trolleys and a lounge area which has sitting patients.  The nurse patient ration is 1:6 in the trolley areas, 1:3 in the high care area and the lounge is staffed by 2-3 nurses.  There are a number of HCSW who are allocated to each area to assist nursing staff.

The unit has a number of specialities who link with the department and visits can be arranged. These include:

The Emergency Unit

Diabetes Specialist Nurses

Physiotherapists

Occupational Therapists

Dieticians

Wound Care Specialist Nurses

Pain Specialist Nurses

Substance Misuse Nurses

Acute Response Team

Anticoagulation clinic

Psychiatric liaison nurse

Medical Rapid Response Team

Shifts:

  • 0700 - 1930
  • 1030 - 1800
  • 1800 - 0130
  • 1900 - 0730

Dress Code: 

All Wales Uniform

Last Updated:

July 2014