The Surgical Admissions Unit (SAU)┬áhas 18 in patient beds plus an additional 8 assessment beds, where GP and A&E referrals can be seen. Tests can be undertaken and patients can be admitted if required.
The aim of the unit is to accept patients from A&E or GPs, who may have a surgical problem. We also accept patients with orthopaedic, urology or gynaecology problems. We do not however accept any patient under the age of 16 years of age.
As we are an assessment unit we do not have protected mealtimes as this would be impractical due to our 24 hour open door policy.
On attendance to the unit, patients will be greeted by a nurse practitioner who will take bloods, insert a cannula and if necessary order x-rays. The nurse practitioner will then take a general history from the patient before the patient is seen by the doctor.
After being seen and after the test results have been confirmed, the doctor will either discharge the patient home or if required, admit the patient into the hospital. The patient will then either stay on SAU if the problem is likely to be resolved in a few days, or they may be transferred to another ward.
Number of Beds: 26
3pm - 8pm (No children under the age of 12 please -
Our request that no children under the age of 12 visit, is due to the ward being extremely busy at all times. Patients recovering from surgery require a quiet and peaceful environment as much as possible - this may not be possible with children on the ward and it also helps to minimise any risk of cross infection between patients and children. Thank you.
Senior Sister:┬áGeorgina Fox
Telephone number: 01268 524900 / 0845 155 3111┬áext 8390/8391
Location: Level A, Basildon University Hospital
Last Updated on Monday, 19 September 2011 16:02