You will be referred to the Acute Medical Unit (AMU) by your GP or A&E.
How we help
We help patients with conditions and illnesses that need immediate care. You will go to an Acute Medical Unit (AMU) if, after you have been assessed in A&E or your GP has referred you, we think you may need to be admitted to hospital.
What to expect
When you arrive, a nurse and a health care assistant will assess you. We will record your blood pressure, heart rate and temperature. Blood tests, an electrocardiograph (ECG) and blood sugar test will also be taken if needed.
A doctor will assess you and will organise further investigations if needed. These may include X-rays and scans.
It may not always be possible to do all investigations on the day you arrive.
Your results will be reviewed by a senior doctor to decide if you need to be admitted to hospital. If you are admitted, you will be transferred to a ward as soon as a bed is available.
Your family and friends can bring you a bag with toiletries and night clothes. They can visit you during your stay; please check visiting times with the ward.
Where we are
Royal Sussex County Hospital (extn. 4608) 01273 696955
St Richard’s Hospital 01243 788122
Worthing Hospital 01903 205111
Meet the teamAcute medical consultants
Helpful resourcesPatient leaflets
How to refer
The Acute Medical team on call can be directly contacted by GPs via Professional Support Line on 0300 1303045.