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Acute medical unit (AMU)

The purpose of the Acute medical unit (AMU) is:

  • To be a dedicated area for the assessment, diagnosis and management of acutely ill medical patients
  • To bring together the skills and experience of different healthcare professionals in one area
  • To provide an area of safety for unstable patients requiring very close observation
  • To minimise duplication of work between teams of doctors in emergency medicine, acute medicine and specialist teams
  • To improve timely access to appropriate investigations
  • To shorten time between admission and discharge
  • To prevent admission where possible
  • To reduce pressure on the emergency department
  • To optimise the clinical experience and educational goals of doctors in training.
  • To participate in acute care related research and development.

Patients are either referred from the Emergency Department or by their General Practitioner (GP).

Patients stay on the unit for a maximum of 48 hours before being transferred to the most appropriate area for their care, or discharged with a plan for their treatment. Our aim is to have 30% of our patients discharged the same day they are admitted, and to reduce patients' overall length of stay within the hospital. 

Where necessary, patients may be offered follow-up in the Ambulatory Care Unit or a specialist clinic. 

Ealing Hospital
The department is located opposite the lifts on Level 1 of Ealing Hospital. Map and directions.
Tel. 020 8967 3412

Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospital
The Northwick Park AMU comprises two areas: the Dickens acute care unit and the Dryden enhanced care unit. The Dryden Emergency Care Unit (ECU) is co-located with medical High Dependency Unit (HDU). Map and directions.

Acute Assessment Unit (AAU)
Tel. 020 8869 2513, 020 8869 2514 or 020 8869 2541

Short Stay Acute Unit (was Dryden)
Tel. 020 8869 3448 or 020 8869 3206

Ealing Hospital

Geeta Lamichhane, Ward Manager (Ealing Hospital) 

Dr Miriam Harris, Emergency and Medical Consultant (Ealing Hospital) 

Dr Elora Mukherjee, Consultant Acute Physician (Ealing Hospital) 

Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospital

Dr Rachel Tennant, Consultant Respiratory and Acute Medicine/Clinical Lead

Glenys Lawson
, Matron, Acute Floor   

Dr Gothandaraman Balaji, Consultant Acute Physician

Dr Maria Vilasuso, Consultant Geriatrics and Acute Medicine

Dr Mushtaqur Rahman, Consultant Endocrinology and Acute Medicine

Dr Jacob de Wolff, Consultant Acute Physician

Dr Nuwan Karunaratne, Consultant Geriatrician and Acute Medicine

Dr Laurence John, Consultant Infectious Diseases and Acute Medicine

Dr Arnab Datta, Consultant Respiratory and Acute Medicine

Dr Katherine Fawcett, Consultant Acute Physician

Dr Nidhi Vaid, Consultant Acute Physician