Witney’s Emergency Multi-Disciplinary Unit (EMU) Treating Patients at Weekends
The EMU started to assess and treat patients on referral on Saturdays and Sundays (10am to 4pm) on 15 November. The EMU is attached to Witney’s Community hospital and was launched earlier this year after being commissioned by OCCG to help reduce the need for visits to A&E departments, particularly among elderly patients, by treating people with urgent but non life-threatening conditions closer to their homes.
The EMU is staffed by a team of doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and social workers. Patients who are referred to EMU normally by their GP are given an assessment within 20 minutes of arrival and a plan for their treatment is ready within four hours. An assessment could include nursing and medical review, diagnostics including X-ray, bloods samples, heart tests and a social work and therapy review.
The opening hours of the EMU have been extended as part of the planned development of this service. The EMU does not treat patients with suspected heart attacks, strokes and head injuries or those who may require surgical treatment. These will still need to be seen at A&E.
Information About the Locality
There are nine GP practices in the locality with nearly 80,000 patients. Dr Miles Carter is the locality Clinical Director and the deputy is Dr Kiren Collison.