New acute assessment ward opens at Cheltenham General Hospital
HIGHLY skilled health professionals will provide the 'gold standard' in health care on a new acute ward at Cheltenham General Hospital.
The new Acute Assessment Area (AAA) has opened at CGH, replacing the previous acute care unit.
The new unit has 24 inpatient beds and a 13-bed assessment area.
Housed in a refurbished ward, it offers rapid assessment, diagnosis and treatment for patients with urgent medical and surgical conditions.
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Chief executive Dr Frank Harsent said: "We are very pleased to see the new Acute Assessment Area open and caring for patients.
"One of our acute medicine team has this week described it as setting the gold standard for acute medical units, which I would absolutely agree with.
"I am delighted to see this latest in a series of improvements to the services at Cheltenham General Hospital."
The state of the art ward is allowing patients with acute conditions to be closely observed by a team of multi-skilled experts.
Offering around the clock care, it will accept patients from A&E and GP referrals.
Staff there will work closely with other specialist teams to ensure appropriate assessments and investigations are carried out.
It is hoped the ward will give patients faster access to the most appropriate treatment.
Dr Tom Llewellyn, lead emergency medical consultant in Gloucestershire, said the new acute ward is one of the improvements to come on the back of a re-configuration of emergency services in the county.
"This new acute ward means we have more beds so more patients can go through Cheltenham now to help ease the pressure on Gloucester," he said. "We have had extra numbers through the doors, but all our key emergency staff are now in Gloucester.
"This has allowed a senior doctor to supervise three junior doctors, rather than one senior who may not be on the right site.
"Cheltenham is a nurse practitioner based service and the staff there say they are coping very well.
"They are coping well with minor injuries, but there are still medical teams available to treat other serious conditions.
"There is a service people can use and waiting times in Cheltenham A&E are very short at night now.
"If you are in Gloucester with a minor injury and you can get to Cheltenham, that would be the quicker option."