About this service

Our Acute Medicine Unit (AMU) is one of the busiest departments in the hospital. It looks after medical patients admitted to hospital via their GP or through the Accident and Emergency Department.

The unit operates in close association with our Accident and Emergency Department, and admits patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Experienced medical and nursing professionals see and assess patients, decide on further investigations and urgent treatment, and make plans for the further care of patients. This can be at home, in an outpatient clinic or on a hospital ward. 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 hospital.


The Acute Medicine Unit is a 40 bedded unit, including four enhanced care beds, located on the ground floor of the hospital near to the Aintree Lodge entrance of the main hospital building.

Next to the Acute Medicine Unit is our Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit. This Unit provides assessment, diagnosis and treatment with the aim of getting patients home safely on the same day.

Referral Information

Referrals to the Acute Medicine Unit are made via GPs, our Accident and Emergency Department and Outpatient clinics and services.

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.

The Team

The Acute Medical Unit is staffed by a large multidisciplinary team that includes consultants, nurses, therapists and healthcare assistants.

  • Paul Albert , Clinical Director, Acute Medicine. Consultant Physician , GMC No: 4443942

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