Main telephone number:
020 8401 3000

Acute medical unit


The acute medical unit (AMU) offers rapid access to adult inpatient and diagnostic services seeing around 852 patients a month since it opened in December 2012.

The unit has 42 beds for seriously ill patients referred from the accident and emergency department or via GP through the ambulatory emergency care unit. 

A large multidisciplinary team of 8 consultants, over 40 nurses, dedicated pharmacists, allied health professionals and health care assistants offer patients an efficient and prompt service with the aim of avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions, admittance to hospital wards, reducing length of stay or safe onward referral to community services.

This consultant-led service offers prompt and efficient expert care to a diverse range of clinical needs with consultant presence in the unit between 8am to 8pm on weekdays.  An AMU consultant is on-call in the unit from 10am to 8pm on weekdays and 8am to 2pm at the weekend.

The unit is supported daily by a variety of acute physician consultants specialising in a number of areas including respiratory medicine, renal medicine, diabetes and endocrinology and clinical pharmacology ensuring patients receive the most appropriate care quickly and when they need it.

AMU consultants review all patients in the unit with two daily ward rounds including review at the weekends ensuring early review and discharge home, to hospital wards or community care.

In addition, AMU has a comprehensive governance structure with a robust system for assuming responsibility and accountability and all protocols and policies are evidence-based, quality-assured, cost-effective and consistent with relevant national clinical guidelines

AMU also houses a dedicated area to monitor and provide optimal care for seriously ill patients that have a high medical need but fall short of the criteria to enter the high dependency unit (HDU).  This group of patients will receive ongoing assessment and are stabilised before being admitted onto a hospital ward.



Contact information

The team welcomes professional liaison.



Croydon University Hospital

530 London Road

Croydon, CR7 7YE

Tel: 020 8401 3175


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