Acute Medical Unit (AMU) 

The Acute Medical Unit is a 54 bedded unit located on the 1st Floor of the Tower at University College Hospital (UCH).  Its primary role is to provide rapid definitive assessment, investigation and treatment for patients admitted urgently or as an emergency from the Emergency Department, and/or referred by their GP.

The AMU operates in close association with both the Emergency Department and the Operations Centre, and admits patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Patients stay on the AMU for up to 48 hours, during which time a management plan will have been instigated by the Consultant led acute care medical team. A specialist Care of the Elderly team look after elderly patients with acute illness requiring admission to hospital for a few days.

Following treatment on the AMU, patients may be well enough to be discharged back into the community; or if requiring further inpatient specialist care, are transferred to the care of an appropriate specialty team at UCH or in one of the Trust’s other specialist hospitals.

Conditions treated

The unit sees patients presenting with a range of acute medical problems, but common problems treated include: heart problems; asthma, chest infection  and other respiratory conditions; gastrointestinal bleeding; drug and alcohol problems; and acute illness in the elderly.

If a patient needs to be admitted to hospital, his / her care will be taken over by one of the inpatient specialty teams in the Trust.

Patient aftercare

Following discharge home, a discharge summary is sent to the patient’s GP, giving details of investigations and treatment on the unit, with details of medication on discharge, and any recommendations for aftercare.
 

Dr Paul Glynne
Consultant

Dr Philip Gothard

Dr Philip Gothard
Consultant

Dr Catherine Harvey

Dr Catherine Harvey
Consultant

Dr Christian Hasford

Dr Christian Hasford
Consultant

Ms Anne Schlattl
Nurse Consultant

Dr Catherine Bond
Consultant

Dr David Howell
Consultant

Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme
Consultant

Professor Marcel Levi
Consultant

Dr Philip Gothard TB (tuberculosis) service, Tropical and infectious diseases, Acute Medical Unit (AMU)
Dr Catherine Harvey Medicine for the elderly, Acute Medical Unit (AMU)
Dr Christian Hasford Emergency Day Unit, Acute Medical Unit (AMU), Respiratory Medicine
Professor Mahdad Noursadeghi Tropical and infectious diseases, Acute Medical Unit (AMU)
Ms Anne Schlattl Emergency Day Unit, Acute Medical Unit (AMU)
Prof Gordon Stewart General Medicine, Acute Medical Unit (AMU)
Prof Christopher Whitty Tropical and infectious diseases, Acute Medical Unit (AMU)
Dr Catherine Bond Medicine for the elderly, Acute Medical Unit (AMU)
Dr David Howell Critical care, Acute Medical Unit (AMU)
Dr Daniel Davis Medicine for the elderly, Acute Medical Unit (AMU)
Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme Acute Medical Unit (AMU)
Dr Mike Brown Emergency Day Unit, TB (tuberculosis) service, Tropical and infectious diseases, Acute Medical Unit (AMU)
Dr Nadia Raja Medicine for the elderly, Acute Medical Unit (AMU)
Dr Nicoletta Gaston Emergency Day Unit, Acute Medical Unit (AMU)
Professor Marcel Levi Medical specialties, Specialist Allergy and Clinical Immunology, General Medicine, Acute Medical Unit (AMU)

 Contact details

Acute Medical Unit (AMU)
University College Hospital
Acute Medical Unit
Ward T1
235 Euston Road
London, NW1 2BU

Patient enquiries
Telephone: 020 3447 0100

GP enquiries
Telephone: 020 3447 0100
Fax: 020 3447 0183

Service manager - General Manager - David Chal
Email: david.chal@nhs.net