One year's activity and outcome data from an ambulatory cardiology unit

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Abstract

In 2015, the Belfast Trust piloted an ambulatory cardiology unit (ACU). The ethos of the ACU was to reduce pressure on the Emergency Department by providing a unit where rapid evaluation, treatment and follow-up could be provided by the cardiology team and, at the same time, reduce inpatient admissions to cardiology beds. The service proved effective in reducing admissions to cardiology beds by 13.5% over a 1-year period, while patient outcomes at 30 days and 6 months demonstrated that the service is safe, with only 1.7% of patients readmitted at 30 days and 6 months with the same or a related complaint. The principles of ACU could be adopted by many other specialities.

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