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East Cheshire NHS Trust unveils £2.2m state of the art Same Day Emergency Care unit

24 August 2021

Patients who are referred for same day treatment to Macclesfield Hospital can now experience an improved care pathway at the beginning of their journey thanks to a brand-new £2.2 million Same Day Emergency Care unit (SDEC).

The Same Day Emergency Care unit, which officially opens this week, is a new facility for the provision of same day care for emergency patients who might otherwise have been admitted to hospital.

The unit is situated next to the Emergency Department at Macclesfield hospital and boasts six consultation rooms and a spacious waiting area which will meet the growing need of our patients.

The SDEC triaging model means patients who are diagnosed and referred directly by A&E or their GP will be fast-tracked to the right specialist at the start of their visit to hospital.

Dr John Hunter, Medical Director at East Cheshire NHS Trust said, ‘The new SDEC will reduce hospital admissions and in turn improve the patient experience and help the trust manage patient flow.

“Patients who are referred to the SDEC with relevant conditions can be rapidly assessed, diagnosed and treated without being admitted to a ward, and if clinically safe to do so, will go home the same day their care is provided.”

East Cheshire NHS Trust Chief Executive, John Wilbraham, said, “This £2.2m investment is a really positive development for the hospital and the patients that we care for. The model which allows staff to assess before admission rather than admit then assess, ensures patients spend less time waiting in hospital for the right treatment to be decided for them, therefore reducing the length of their hospital stay.”

“The new unit will also help with infection control by easing pressures in our Emergency Department at a time when capacity is reduced due to changes implemented to minimise Covid-19 transmission.

A virtual tour of the new unit can be viewed here.


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