The AEC clinic (previously Acute Medical Clinic) at UHCW is intended for patients who have an acute, often not clearly defined, medical problem. This allows an alternative route for GP referral of patients who are acutely unwell, usually with symptoms lasting a few weeks or few days only, who would benefit from review by an Acute Medical Clinician but does not necessarily require Emergency Admission. This often provides a good and safe route for avoiding unnecessary Emergency Admissions, whilst ensuring prompt and effective care and diagnostic evaluation.
In order to safely be seen in the AEC Clinic, the patient needs to be haemodynamically stable, and able to wait in a waiting room until seen. Because of infection risk, they should not have acute diarrhoea or vomiting.
There are 32 medical conditions which have been identified as being AEC sensitive and suitable for treatment in an AEC setting. Some examples of possible suitable patients would be:
- Patients to rule out pulmonary embolus or possible pneumonia
- Lower respiratory tract infections
- Upper GI bleed
- Acute uncontrolled hypertension
- New onset of acute headache
- Rapid deterioration of health with no obvious cause
Other patients may also be suitable. If in doubt contact us and ask to speak to Senior Medical Practitioner during the opening hours.
Within clinic all patients will receive the relevant diagnostics and have a senior medical review. You can also speak to one of our consultants if you just need advice on the management of your patient.
AEC is located within Ward 2 at UHCW.
8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday to Friday
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday
Tel: 02476 966217
To make a referral, GPs can phone the clinic directly or contact the GP Liaison Nurse. There is a separate page on GP Gateway about the GP Liaison Nurse.