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Acute Medicine - Stepping Hill Hospital

Contact Information

Medical Assessment Unit - Tel. 0161 419 5907

Acute Medical Unit (AMU) - Tel. 0161 419 4121

About Our Service

Our acute medicine department consists of several areas of care. These include the Medical Assessment Unit (MAU), Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU), specialist admission wards AMU1 and AMU2 and our Short Stay Unit for Older people (SSOP).

Acute medicine at Stepping Hill Hospital encompasses emergency medical care and admissions, same day urgent assessment and investigations and outpatient (ambulatory) care to patients with certain conditions. You must be referred to the unit to receive treatment. The referral methods to the unit are via your GP or the Emergency Department.


Where possible, our service enables patients to be treated without the need to admit them to an inpatient bed. However if patients are required to stay overnight in hospital for further ongoing care, this is provided on our two admission wards AMU1 and AMU2.

Our ambulatory care unit (ACU) offers same-day emergency care for patients. A senior nurse or doctor will review your condition. You will be asked to explain your symptoms and the background to your illness. You may have already given this information to the referring team but it is important that our Ambulatory team, now caring for you, clarify this information. There are a number of conditions which can now be treated safely without an unnecessary overnight stay in hospital.  Patients have the same access to our clinicians, diagnostics and services as our inpatients. 

Your GP may consult with one of our doctors about the right course of treatment for you. If a decision to refer you to our service is made, you will be given an appointment to be seen in our unit and if clinically appropriate, patients can return home after their first visit but may be asked to return for follow-up treatments or diagnostics.

If you visit A&E with a condition suitable for treatment in the MAU/ACU, the nurse or doctor may refer you to our service. Most referrals are immediate but some patients may be given a next day appointment and allowed to return home.

Our Expertise

The acute medicine teams includes consultants, junior doctors, senior sisters, advanced nurse practitioners, state registered nurses, healthcare assistants, therapists and pharmacists to support the 24/7 running of the departments within acute medicine.

Our team work in close association with other specialities to ensure patient care and flow is appropriate. Our partner teams include the community in reach team, social services, bed management, intermediate care and ward/A&E.

How to Use the Service

Following admission, our clinical staff will create an investigation and treatment plan for you, which will usually begin on the unit. Where possible arrangements will be made for you to continue the treatment at home or at your care home. However, you may be asked to return for further treatments or investigations.

At the end of your consultation you will be given information on:

  • The nature of your condition
  • Any further investigations that are required
  • Treatment options
  • Follow up arrangements (in some cases this will be with your GP).

Once your care is complete you can go home. Our staff will let you know the next steps for your treatment before you leave, which may include returning to the unit for continued treatment and review.  If necessary an appointment will be given to you before you leave. Any other non-urgent or pre-existing conditions will be referred back to your GP for the ongoing management.

Any medication to take home will be given to you by our pharmacists along with a copy of your discharge summary. Please ensure you understand the instructions for any medication you are given.

Please do not hesitate to ask any of our staff if you have concerns or need information.

© Stockport NHS Foundation Trust 2019. Stepping Hill Hospital, Poplar Grove, Stockport, SK2 7JE. 0161 483 1010