A new unit which is helping to avoid unnecessary admissions at West Suffolk Hospital by providing assessment and treatment for short stay patients will be officially opened on Friday (March 14).
The clinical decision unit (CDU) has been built in a courtyard next to the emergency department (ED,) and opened its doors to its first patients in December.
It provides care for patients who have come into hospital via ED and need a few hours of monitoring or treatment before a decision is taken on whether to admit them to a ward or discharge them.
“This could include patients who are recovering from an anaesthetic, have suffered concussion or an overdose, are waiting for additional test results or need extra observation before they can be discharged.
The £800,000 unit can cater for six patients in beds and a further four in reclining chairs at any one time.
Jon Green, chief operating officer at West Suffolk Hospital, said: “The CDU has been a valuable resource since it opened in December, and has helped us to successfully manage demand over the winter period.
“It is helping the flow of patients from our emergency department by providing an area where we can carry out any extra investigations or observations, in turn preventing up to 15 unnecessary admissions to the main hospital a day.
“This is good news for our patients, as it ensures they are receiving care in the most appropriate setting while also making sure the beds on our wards remain available for those in the greatest clinical need.”