In the Acute Assessment Unit (AAU) patients are rapidly assessed and diagnosed, and rehabilitation and discharge planning begins within 24 hours.
The AAU is an integral part of the Department of General Medicine at Royal North Shore Hospital.
With physiotherapists, occupational therapist, social worker, dietician and speech pathologist dedicated to the unit, patients admitted to the AAU are seen by allied health within 24 hours. The Acute Assessment Unit also works very closely with other services in the hospital, including the Emergency Department, Acute Post-Acute Care (APAC) and Aged Care Rapid Response Team.
Our aim is 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.
The AAU is for stable medical patients who are likely to need admission to hospital under the care of a medical specialty.
The AAU can accept direct referrals from GP rooms.
A GP referred patient for assessment can be accepted into the unit from 8am to 10pm (Monday
to Friday) and
8am to 12pm (Weekends).
All referrals to the AAU are to be made by calling phone 02 9463 2272. Referrals will be taken over the phone by a senior member of the AAU nursing team or the AAU registrar.