Acute Assessment Unit (AAU)

The medical and nursing staff on the Acute Assessment Unit (AAU) strive to provide a compassionate and safe environment for all patients admitted with acute illness.

The unit is located next to the Emergency Department on B level and its primary purpose is to assess and initiate treatment for patients with medical and surgical conditions who have been referred via their GP. All medical patients from the Emergency Department are transferred to the unit to see a consultant for a safer more detailed care plan.

The unit has a team of highly motivated and skilled staff who work closely with other multidisciplinary teams to ensure that all appropriate assessments, investigations, and treatments are carried out to the highest standards, with the aim of streamlining care processes.

Patients are triaged and prioritised according to their condition and have an initial assessment by a triage trained nurse. Following this initial assessment, the patient will have an assessment carried out by a doctor, individual treatment plans will be made, and a decision taken if the patient can be discharged home or needs to be admitted.

If the patient requires admission to the hospital, the aim is that they will be transferred to a bed on the most appropriate ward for their medical condition.

The unit consists of 14 beds, nine trolley and two assessment areas where walking patients can be assessed.





updated 15 May 2018

For all patient and visitor enquiries

AAU Reception
01256 852612

Ward Desk
01256 313534

Clinical Matron
Sarita Kataria-Julka

Micheala Gerke

Visiting hours:

10am-12pm and 2pm-8pm

All inpatient wards at Hampshire Hospitals have adopted John’s Campaign, which allows the carers of patients with dementia to stay in hospital with their loved ones if they wish.


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