Ambulatory Care Center
The MHP Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) is a new, innovative hospital unit
with a more flexible way of observing and treating patients who are unwell
but do not require admission to a hospital bed. This unit consists of
senior nurses, advanced health care assistants and medical doctors. The
MHP Ambulatory Care Center is located within the MHP Medical Center.
What are the benefits of ambulatory care?
Our Ambulatory Care Center has been designed to help avoid unnecessary
admissions into hospital beds and ensure patients are cared for in the
best and most efficient way possible. Patients do not present directly
to the ACC, but are usually transferred to the ACC from the Emergency
Department when further observation is needed and the patient is no longer
in need of emergent treatment.
It is anticipated that ACC patients will be assessed for illnesses quickly
and any necessary treatment and / or medical advice can be given immediately,
which means in most cases, patients can be sent home the same day. Following
a patient’s assessment and observations, it may be necessary to
admit patients into a hospital bed; however, this will only be done if
a doctor decides that there is a clinical need to admit the patient to
the inpatient unit.
What happens once a patient is in ambulatory care?
Any necessary tests will be conducted and the patient will remain under
observation to monitor for any changes in their condition. After initial
tests have been completed, patients will be assessed by a doctor. Following
an initial medical assessment, it may be necessary to perform further
tests. It is also likely the patient will need to be examined again by
a physician prior to their discharge. Occasionally, additional, more detailed
tests are necessary such as CT or MRI scanning. These will be done as
soon as possible but it is often necessary for patients to return on another
day for their scans.
What if the patient needs to be admitted?
If, following your assessment, it is felt that you need admitting into
a hospital bed, this will be arranged directly from the Ambulatory Care Center.
Ambulatory Care Center- Infusion Services
The Ambulatory Care Center is able to deliver medications intravenously
in a comfortable outpatient setting. This is designed to provide therapy
to patients who may not require hospitalization.
Patients can be placed in the ACC infusion center through a primary care
provider, hospital, or nursing home. All patients are cared for by a clinical
team who monitor and follow patients closely to ensure the highest clinical
outcomes and patient safety.
Some of the treatments available include, but are not limited to the following:
- Antibiotic infusions
- Blood and platelet transfusions
- IV hydration
- PICC line placement/maintenance
- Port-A-Cath care and maintenance
- Hours for ACC Infusion Services
- 7 days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.