A new urology surgical ambulatory care unit has opened in Basildon Hospital. This will provide care to patients who are referred from their GP, A&E or another route and means they can be treated without the need for an overnight stay in hospital.
Patients will be seen directly in SACU, which is based on the surgical referral unit (SRU) ward. Patients who fit the criteria for SACU are put on a special pathway, assessed, diagnosed, treated and are then able to go home much quicker. This reduces our number of admissions and relieves pressure on A&E.
Mr Naeem Sheikh, SACU lead urology consultant said, “This new unit is not only beneficial to patients but to the Trust as a whole. It alleviates the ongoing pressure for beds when there is a lot of demand for our services.
“We will enhance the patients’ experience as they will avoid the waiting times in A&E and the process to them being seen by a senior urologist will be speeded up. If there is a need for surgical intervention, this will be planned on site. Patients can also be followed up by us or by the outpatient department.”
The SACU opened its doors to patients from 11.30 on Wednesday 23 January on the SRU ward on Level B. Contact Mr Naeem Sheikh, SACU lead urology consultant for further information.