Barnet Hospital was one of the first hospitals in London to set up an acute medicine service in 2004. The service was redesigned in 2010 and has expanded to provide multidisciplinary assessment, stabilisation and treatment of acutely ill adult medical patients of all ages with an anticipated length of stay of up to 72 hours.
The acute medical unit has a total of 48 beds (on CDU and Quince wards). Dedicated consultants in acute medicine provide the service with support from the general physicians within the trust. The acute medical unit has a dedicated team of senior and junior medical staff, nursing staff and allied health professionals including physiotherapists, occupational therapists and pharmacists, to provide high quality care, liaison with community based services and safe and coordinated discharge of patients back to the community.