What is the AAU (Acute Assessment Unit), which patients should be referred to it and how do I do that?

What is the AAU (Acute Assessment Unit), which patients should be referred to it and how do I do that?

The Acute Assessment Unit (AAU) is a new unit which has been developed in local hospitals, with the goal to provide patients and referring doctors with a medical service that eliminates long waits in the ED and delivers a multi-disciplinary, comprehensive care plan for patients with complex medical issues.

It is located either within or alongside the Emergency Department.

These patients have a medical condition which is not critical but is likely to require an admission to hospital. Many patients are elderly, and many have a number of medical co-morbidities. Admission to the AAU means that the patient is seen quickly by the AAU Clinical Team, composed of doctors, nurses and allied health staff. The AAU Team assesses the patient and plans investigations, treatment and discharge options.

Some patients can go home with assistance at home from the Hospital in the Home (APAC) and/or the Aged Care Team as well as their GP and community nurses.

Other patients require admission under the care of the appropriate medical team. Most patients spend less than 24 hours in the AAU while assessment, planning and treatment are carried out.

For more information (including referral criteria) please refer to the attached document on this page, or contact the Primary Health Care Integration Team on 94778700 or phciu_team@nsml.com.au.