As the name suggests, this is a unit that has been designed for the efficient assessment, investigation and management of large numbers of patients referred to the inpatient services.
On arrival in hospital, following referral from your GP or an Accident and Medical Clinic, you will go directly to the APU.
The APU caters for both medical and surgical patients. The nurses are multiskilled to handle many different clinical situations. Your care in the Unit willl be in the hands of the inpatient services and after treatment you will either be discharged or transferred to the inpatient wards if you need to stay a little longer.
If you require urgent treatment i.e. acute resuscitation, this will be done in the Emergency Department prior to your transfer either to the APU or the inpatient wards.