As part of this year’s Winter Plan, a new Acute Medicine for the Elderly (AME) Assessment Unit with 12 beds will open in ward 16 at Ninewells on Monday, 3 December.
The unit is a new concept for unscheduled medicine and will operate as a test of change to improve the care pathway for older people over an initial four-month period.
The unit will support the work of the existing Acute Frailty Team (AFT) which is a multi professional team specialising in carrying out Comprehensive Geriatric Assessments of older people. The AFT provides a twice daily specialist inreach service to the Acute Medical Unit and will select patients for the new unit.
It is anticipated that the unit will support frail patients with acute functional decline and frail patients with acute illness where alternative specialty care would be less appropriate.
Key contacts for the unit are clinical lead for medicine for the elderly Dr Simon Laidlaw and senior charge nurse Jen Stewart. Ward 16 phone numbers will remain the same.