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Hospitals across the country prepare to celebrate Acute Medicine Awareness Day on 20th June 2012.

Diary note: Society for Acute Medicine – forthcoming events and reports – 28th May 2012

There is now less than a month to go until the first ever Acute Medicine Awareness Day, organised by the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM).

Acute Medical Units (AMUs) from across the UK will be undertaking activities designed to raise public awareness of the benefits that growing specialty provides for patients admitted to hospital in an emergency. Many AMUs will also be organising events to raise money for their charitable funds to purchase medical equipment and other items to improve the ward environment for patients. Some of these events and activities are listed below.

In addition SAM is pleased to announce that the launch of two landmark documents will coincide with Acute Medicine Awareness Day. These two documents will have an enormous impact on the quality of care provided to patients admitted to hospital in an emergency. These documents are:

  • Quality Standards for Acute Medical Units :  Written by the West Midlands Quality Review Service in association with SAM, this is the first document to set out the standards of patient care in acute medicine which should be provided by AMUs across the UK. This document will be released on the 18th of June 2012
  • The Silver Book: This document addresses the specific needs of older patients who represent a large proportion of the workload for the AMU and acute medicine teams. It will be released on 20th of June 2012.

These landmark guidelines are designed to be used by healthcare professionals and emphasise a patient-centred approach to the care of people admitted to hospital in an emergency. Patients can feel vulnerable at this time, and need to be reassured that AMUs are operating to a consistently high standard across the UK.

Dr Chris Roseveare, SAM president says: “Acute medicine is an increasingly important specialty in the UK and has grown dramatically over the last decade; improving patients’ awareness of what to expect when they are admitted to hospital in an emergency will help to reduce the anxiety which many will feel during this difficult period”.

Examples of charitable activities being planned across the UK to coincide with Acute Medicine Awareness Day:

  • Dr Chris Roseveare, SAM President will be doing a Charity Skydive to raise money for the Acute Medicine Unit Charity Fund at University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust.
  • The Heart of England, Goodhope Hospital in Coldfield will be holding a classical music concert, performed by one of the country’s leading chamber groups, the Galliard Ensemble.
  • The Royal Bournemouth Hospital will be using this opportunity to open its door of the recently open acute medical units.
  • Salisbury District Hospital is organising a charity summer ball and a raffle.

A further press release, containing more details of these events and copies of the two documents will be circulated on 18th June.

Further information about the events taking place on Awareness Day can also be found on the SAM website www.acutemedicine.org.uk.

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Notes to the editors:

  • Acute medicine (also known as acute internal medicine) is the specialty which provides the immediate and early treatment of adult patients with a variety of medical conditions who present in hospital as emergencies.
  • The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) is the national representative body for the speciality of acute medicine and represents over a thousand members.
  • The President of the Society for Acute Medicine, Dr Chris Roseveare, is available for interview.
  • Dr Roseveare is an acute medical consultant with extensive experience of working in acute medical unit.
  • Pictures of Acute Medicine Awareness Day activities, SAM logos will be available upon request.

Contact:

Claire Charras
Communications and Marketing Executive
Society for Acute Medicine
07 985 49 49 65
0117 983 0542
www.acutemedicine.org.uk
acutemedicinecomms@gmail.com

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