Information, referrals and advice
Some departments have supplied us with information specially designed for GPs which relates to referrals or general advice about the service.
Ambulatory care is about providing same-day emergency care. Our Ambulatory Emergency Care Centre offers easy access to diagnostic tests and review by hospital consultants in one place. It is a way of providing safe care designed around the needs of patients. The service also aims to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and provide a better experience for patients.
The service is not pathway or condition-led to ensure all patients can be considered. All patients must be referred and clinically accepted by the ambulatory emergency care team. The centre is focused on providing the right care for our patients, in the right place.
Four main groups of patients are seen in the centre:
Patients with medical conditions needing emergency care who are referred by their GP
Patients redirected from our emergency department
Patients who have been in hospital in the acute medical wards stepped down to support early discharge
Patients discharged from acute medical wards with outpatient investigations requiring review and possible further intervention
This is a day-treatment service so patients may be required to come back the following day.
Royal Stoke University Hospital
Ambulatory Emergency Care Centre
Royal Stoke University Hospital
Dr Zia Din, Clinical Lead for AEC
Mr Alan Bethell, Nursing Lead for AEC and Matron for Acute Medicine
Mrs Ruth Bradbury, Senior Sister for AEC
The centre is open Monday to Friday: 8am – 8pm
Referrals are accepted into the unit 8am-5pm
Frequently Asked Questions
What is ambulatory emergency care?
Ambulatory emergency care is a patient-focused service where some conditions may be treated without the need for an overnight stay in hospital. Patients will receive the same medical treatment they would previously have received as an inpatient.
The aim of this service is to provide patients with the care required to treat their condition during scheduled ambulatory care opening hours. They will be able to return home; if further treatment is required they will be asked to return to the unit to receive this.
What advantages does ambulatory emergency care offer?
The Ambulatory Care Unit provides a new way of ensuring that all our patients receive timely assessment. Despite not being admitted as an inpatient they will still have access to the same calibre of medical and nursing care that they would experience on one of our wards. If appropriate, they will be able return to their own home, even if further treatment is required on another day.
What can patients expect?
On arrival they will have an initial assessment within 15 minutes by a nurse or be reviewed by an acute care consultant. They may have a range of investigations and treatments arranged, the ultimate aim of which is to allow them to return home safely. We strive to deliver a compassionate, safe and reliable service.
During their visit the team will ask patients to fill in a short questionnaire to tell us about their experience of this service.
Will patients need to return to the hospital once they are sent home?
Patients may be asked to attend a clinic within the ambulatory emergency care centre or return to another hospital department for further investigations. An appointment for this will be given to them before they leave. If patients are unable to keep this appointment they should telephone us on 01782 671700 so that we can rearrange the appointment.
What should patients do if they feel unwell once they have returned home?
Patients should call 01782 671700 if they are concerned in any way about their condition once they return home.
Our outstanding service
The Atrial Fibrillation Stroke Prevention Service works within the interface of primary and secondary care. The Clinical Nurse Specialist will assess patients with stroke risk for appropriate and effective anticoagulation management, sometimes these patients can be complex. This will give the patients diagnosed with AF an opportunity to discuss benefit versus risk of stroke prevention. In summary this service aims to deliver a high quality, person centred service that enables patients diagnosed with AF to receive specialist care whilst remaining under the care of their own GP. The service will focus on AF primary prevention and management with the primary purpose of reducing the number of avoidable AF related strokes.
Why choose us?
As a service we are aware of the current capacity of GP Services and appreciate how busy you are. As a service we are also aware that the majority of AF patients are elderly and that Oral Anticoagulation can be complex and this is often a decision that cannot be made within a ten minute consultation. We are happy to review these patients within secondary care, discuss within a multidisciplinary team meeting and initiate effective management and anticoagulation ensuring that your patients are receiving optimum benefit in relation to stroke prevention.
Patients can be referred by Fax 08443342853 – There will soon be a referral form attached to the GP intranet that can be completed and faxed.
Alternatively for advice, support or to arrange educational events you can contact the CNS (Jodie Williams) on 01782679449
Thank you for your support of bariatric care at UHNM. Below is some information you may find helpful.
Bariatric surgery at UHNM - the North Midlands Institute of Metabolic and Bariatric surgery (NMIMBS) - has been operational for over 10 years and has gone from strength to strength.
We are proud to be one of the few high-volume centres in the country performing over 350 – 400 operations per year in the field of bariatric (weight loss) and metabolic surgery.
The population coverage is over 2.5 million, providing services to the regions of Staffordshire (Stoke, Stafford, Cannock), Cheshire ( East, West, Mid and south Cheshire) and Wolverhampton.
We have also been covering the regions of Merseyside (Liverpool) and Cumbria/Lancashire between 2017 and 2019 on a temporary contract.
We offer the following services:
The elective surgical services are offered at
- County Hospital, Stafford ( 3-4 days a week)
- Royal Stoke University Hospital (1 day a week for complex surgery/high risk patients)
A specialised team of over 15 bariatric anesthetists with a wide range of experience provide perioperative care to our patients.
The high dependency unit (HDU) and intensive care unit (ITU) at Stoke are used when needed on a selective basis.
Our surgeons perform primary and revisional bariatric surgery from within and outside the region. Each case is approached on a multidisciplinary basis and appropriate treatment/surgery offered only if felt necessary.
The main type of surgeries offered are as follows:
Laparoscopic Roux Y Gastric bypass (LRYGB)
Over 8/10 procedures we perfrom at UHNM are LRYGB procedures.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomies
2/10 procedures are sleeve gastrectomies.
Laparoscopic One Anastomosis Gastric Bypass
This is not offered as a mainstream procedure but as an option if a standard RYGB cannot be performed due to technical challenges.
Laparoscopic Band to Bypass
Laparoscopic Sleeve to Bypass procedure
Removal of Gastric Bands ( Insertion of gastric band not offerred)
Infrequently performed/investigational procedures under consideration
Endoscopic bariatric surgery
Outpatient clinics for new and follow-up patients are conducted in the following locations:
- Stoke on Trent ( Royal Stoke University Hospital)
- Stafford (County Hospital)
- Chester (Countess of Chester Hospitals)
- Wolverhampton (Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals)
- Liverpool (Aintree University Hospitals)
All patients are assessed by a multidisciplinary team on single or multiple visits. The team consists of surgeons, endocrinologists, specialist nurses, and a specialist bariatric dietetic team.
Further appointments with the anaesthetic team, psychologists, respiratory physicians, cardiologists, nephrologists are made on a basis of clinical need within the trust.
Emergency assessment and surgical services
The team at NMIMBS are one of the very few in the country offering a bariatric consultant-led emergency service 365 days a year. A bariatric consultant from the team is available for referrals from GPs and A&E departments from our drainage area. Patients who are discharged after bariatric surgery also have the option of visiting the surgical assessment unit without any referral from GPs/A&E portals for up to two weeks after any planned bariatric surgery.
Bariatric dietetic services
Our team of specialist bariatric dieticians are involved in preparing patients for surgery prior to the operation and continuing care to enable optimal outcomes until two years after surgery.
Bariatric specialist nursing team
Each patient will have a named specialist nurse who will be the point of contact for the patient and will oversee progress through the pathway.
Fluoroscopy guided band adjustments
Although we do not perform or offer gastric bands, our radiology team are experts in adjustment of bands (instilling/removing fluid) under X-ray guidance for patients who have had procedures done elsewhere.
01782 – 679876 – Susan Dean
01782-675441 – Gabrielle Faulkner
Bariatric specialist nurses
Bridie Cornes – 01782 679896
Lynn Bedson-01782 671670
Ngozi Etumnu – 01782 -672977
Jan Turner – 01782 676331
Bariatric dietetic team
The Trust has launched a new service for timely assessment of patients with suspected neuroinflammation/multiple sclerosis or those who are already diagnosed with MS but not under our regular care.
We aim to provide rapid diagnostic and treatment pathways with the objectives of shorter waiting times for diagnostic tests and avoiding unnecessary hospital attendances.
Royal Stoke University Hospital
Fax: 0844 272 9927
Phone: 01782 679465
In the interest of standardisation of care and in line with current NICE guidance we wish to inform you of a change to the referral process for our rapid access chest pain clinics at the County and Royal Stoke sites. May we request that in future all referrals are made on the referral proforma which allows you to indicate the patient's choice of preferred clinic location? Every attempt will be made to allocate clinic appointments according to this preference but we hope you will understand that there may be occasions when an appointment at your patient's preferred site may not be possible in the interests of preventing avoidable delay.
The renal medicine department covers a population of approximately 1.2 million people, stretching from South Cheshire through to South Staffordshire.
The inpatient ward is based at Royal Stoke University Hospital (Ward 124).
We provide outpatient haemodialysis for patients at Royal Stoke University Hospital, Leighton Hospital (Satellite Unit run by Fresenius Health Care) and County Hospital (Satellite Unit run by UHNM).
We have a large team of community nurses based in the kidney unit at RSUH. These teams provide ongoing care for patients receiving peritoneal dialysis, home haemodialysis, chronic kidney disease (including conservative care) and transplants. The department also provides urgent clinic assessments either for patients referred by GPs, or for our community patients who contact us who are unwell, on a daily basis.
Patients can also be assessed as an emergency at the weekend. Our aim is to admit our inpatients directly to the renal ward. Any GP who is concerned that a patient needs admitting under the renal team should contact us directly. We aim for GP calls to be taken directly by Consultants. We can be contacted via 01782 679000, option 3.
All Consultants are happy to give advice and are happy to receive communication either via letter, phone or email from GP colleagues.
With regards to outpatients, we provide a number of general nephrology clinics based in RSUH, County and Leighton hospitals. We also provide specialty clinics including Hypertension, Diabetic Nephropathy, Vasculitis, Transplant, Haemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis and Low Clearance (preparation for dialysis).
Patients being advised to book their appointment on Choose & Book should be aware that it is the same Consultant team who runs the service at County and Leighton hospitals as is based at Stoke. Whilst we aim to look after people close to home where possible, if a hospital admission is required it will be at the Royal Stoke University hospital.
The renal department has a number of strengths which are nationally or regionally recognised. We have an internationally recognised reputation for peritoneal dialysis research. Nationally we are one of the leaders in providing home dialysis, in particular supporting frail patients to have peritoneal dialysis in their own home. Regionally we are recognised for our care of transplant patients both in promoting and delivering pre-emptive transplant and in returning patients quickly post transplantation for local care.
We believe we are an approachable team and would also like to hear from GP colleagues either or about individual patients or ideas for how the service may develop for patient benefit. Please feel free to contact us.
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The STAC team accepts referrals for a wide range of indications. These include patients with atrial fibrillation, venous thromboembolism, a prosthetic heart valve and others. Patients requiring direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC and NOAC) can also be referred to STAC.
What you need to do
•Please send the referral form to us with completed clinical details:
- Referrals will be reviewed to confirm appropriate indication and duration of anticoagulation
- The patient will be sent an appointment directly. Confirmation of the appointment will also be sent to the registered GP
- Urgent patients (based on clinical urgency) will be seen within seven working days
- Patients will be reviewed in the anticoagulation MDT if required
- For any queries or advice related to anticoagulation contact us
- For pregnant women and patients with active cancer please contact the maternity and oncology team directly. These patients are managed in primary care via shared care protocols
To refer a patient
•For Suspected DVT: call Ambulatory Emergency Centre: 01782 671500
Opening times and contacts
•For anticoagulation, complete a referral form and email or fax to STAC
To seek advice
•STAC nurse specialists: 01782 671633 or page: 07623604843 (Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm)
Feedback and Complaints
Secure email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone : 01782 674252
Write to us:
Staffordshire Thrombosis and Anticoagulation Centre
1st Floor, West Building
Royal Stoke University Hospital
Stoke on Trent ST4 6QG
Please fax urgent referrals to 01782 401075 or telephone the clinic on 03007900162 for advice. The team are happy to discuss cases.
If you are concerned about a possible diagnosis of active TB patients will be seen within 1 week of referral.
The opening times for the X-Ray Department at Cobridge Health Centre:
Cobridge Health Centre
Tel: (0300) 7900164
Opening Times: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 12:00 o'clock, 1:30pm – 4:30pm