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Acute Medicine

The Acute Medical Unit (AMU) receives acutely ill medical patients from General Practitioners or the Emergency Department. The function of the AMU is to allow acute medical assessment in a single area where specialist medical, nursing and equipment resources are concentrated. The unit at York Hospital consists of 60 acute beds across AMU and AMB wards, and at Scarborough Hospital there are 28 acute beds in Cherry ward.

Patients who are deemed suitable for ambulatory care are directly referred to the Ambulatory Care Unit (AMC) at York Hospital, the Dales Unit at Scarborough General Hospital, or the Lawrence Unit at Bridlington Hospital. Ambulatory care is the medical care given to patients in hospital on the same day they present to hospital without needing to be admitted overnight. The Trust ambulatory care services allow a rapid assessment of medical patients with early diagnostic tests, allowing diagnosis and treatment without the need for hospital admission.

Contact details

  • Acute Medical Unit (AMU) York - 01904 726022
  • Cherry Ward Scarborough - 01723 342105

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These infections are highly contagious, so we urge people to stay away unless their visit is absolutely essential to help reduce the spread of infection within our hospitals.

Hospitals are full of sick people, many of them frail and elderly, so bringing germs into a hospital is the worst thing you can do.  We have an active programme of infection prevention but we can’t spot visitors who really shouldn’t be here.  Please stay at home if you’re unwell to help aid the wellbeing and recovery of our patients.