The Emergency Surgical Assessment unit (ESAU) is situated on C floor, close to C Level Theatre and next door to C30 which is the designated stepdown ward for General Surgery. Patients are referred to ESAU when they require admission for a surgical intervention, further diagnostics or close observation.
ESAU is a 25 bedded ward which is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Patients are admitted to ESAU from SDEC, GP, Clinic or ED. Depending on the management plan, they will go direct to theatre from ESAU or, if the patient is required to stay in hospital longer, they will transfer to C30 to continue with their recovery.
General Surgery Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) is co-located with medicine in the SDEC unit and the opening hours are currently 08:00 to 20:30 seven days per week. This service is led by Surgical Nurse Practitioners and fully supported by the Surgical On-call team.
The aim of SDEC is to minimise and remove delays in the patient pathway allowing services to process emergency patients within the same day as an alternative to hospital admission. The
process includes the delivery of patient assessment, diagnostics, diagnosis and a treatment plan on the same day to ensure the pathway processes align to the NHS Long Term Plan (2019).
The team will accept clinically stable patients from ED, GP, district nurses, specialist nurses and provide same day emergency care functions to prevent admission, if possible, to an in-patient bed. Those patients requiring admission for a surgical procedure or for further diagnostics and observation are admitted to the Emergency Surgical Assessment Unit (ESAU)
Divisional Director- Sheena Fish
Directorate Manager - Karen Green
Clinical Director/Consultant Surgeon - Neil Jennings
Clinical Governance Lead/Consultant Surgeon - Will Carr
Matron - Denise Simpson
Divisional Admin Manager - Susan Gray
Deputy Divisional Admin Manager - Lisa Higgins
Directorate Manager Support - Linda McFaulds
General Surgery - C Floor Sunderland Royal Hospital (Wards C30, ESAU on C31, C32, SDEC)
General Surgery - South Tyneside Hospital (Surgical Care In Patient ward - SCIP)
Durham Treatment Centre - the Centre is located just outside of Durham City Centre on Belmont Industrial Park, DH1 1HP
Directorate Office - Bede House, Sunderland Royal Hospital
0191 565 6256