Emergency Medicine deals with the diagnosis and treatment of acute illnesses or injuries which require immediate, or urgent medical attention – it is not able to provide care for chronic problems, or to provide second opinions. Emergency Medicine is key in the planning and preparation when dealing with major disasters and incidents.
The Luton and Dunstable University Hospital’s Emergency Department operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and provides a comprehensive emergency service for Luton, South Bedfordshire and parts of Hertfordshire – a total population of almost 400,000.
Our ED is one of the busiest in the region, in 2012 we saw more than 80,000 patients, a further 35,000 patients were seen by an ‘Urgent GP’ service, which is located on site.
The ED is divided into four areas:
For the most sick and severely injured patients (usually arriving by ambulance), highly equipped and allows advanced management of patients.
For the majority of sick patients and provides a trolley based area for examinations and treatment.
See & Treat
For minor injuries and illnesses, and is staffed primarily by our Nurse Practitioners.
In 2012 we saw and treated almost 18,000 children. We now have a facility, the Paediatric Emergency Department is staffed by children’s nurses.
Emergency Assessment Unit (EAU)
Our EAU is located adjacent to the ED and offers modern and comfortable facilities for the arrival of sick patients, referred as emergencies by their GPs.
Located within the EAU are facilities for the rapid assessment and management of patients with ambulatory conditions. This means that patients can be started on a treatment pathway and allowed to go home quickly for continued care.
The EAU is also a reception area for further assessment of patients who have been seen initially within the ED. It is staffed 24 hours a day by experienced medical and nursing staff, including three dedicated Acute Care Physicians, who also provide Consultant cover to the Medical Short stay unit and Ambulatory Care Centre.