Our recently opened 10 bedded Medical Assessment Unit (MAU) has been established to ensure the provision of enhanced and accessible care on an urgent/semi-urgent basis. We aim to provide a more integrated care pathway between your GP and the hospital. We see GP referred patients with the entire spectrum of acute medical conditions, some of whom may require urgent medical care
We accept patients over 16 years of age. Patients will be seen without delay and any tests required will be organised for you while you are with us in the MAU. Our complete assessment and screening service results in either discharge with the provision of a medical management plan, or admission to the wards if necessary.
If admission to the hospital for emergency care is necessary this will be arranged without delay. If you are sent home, arrangements for any follow up tests or appointments will be made for you, together with the provision of an appropriate discharge care plan.
The service is available, by GP referral only and Monday-Friday 9am – 4pm
Our Unit is Consultant led and staffed by a team of nurses skilled in the area of urgent care and medical assessment.
The maximum fee payable for the service is €485 (excluding charges arising from the provision of CT or MRI Diagnostic Imaging)
Should you require admission, the total fee payable to you is €70.
Our role is to provide a timely and effective evaluation and to initiate a treatment plan.
We have a triage area where we will start your evaluation. You will be welcomed to the unit by dedicated clerical support staff and will be shown to one of our clinical areas, where you will have your observations checked (pulse, blood pressure etc.), an ECG will be performed (a heart study) amongst other tests. Routine bloods may be taken. Should you require an X-ray or other diagnostic imaging procedure, these will be performed in our Radiology Department. Cardiac Diagnostic tests may also be arranged for you should you require them, which will be carried out on the day of your attendance with us at MAU. You will then be seen by our Consultant in charge.
We are often able to discharge the patient home to complete their treatment but should you require inpatient hospital care then you will be transferred to an appropriate ward.
From the MAU, you may be transferred to our acute assessment unit (AAU) where you may need to undergo further tests and stabilisation before being transferred to the relevant inpatient ward. Also, you may be admitted straight to AAU from your General Practitioner if he or she believes that you require inpatient hospital treatment.
An Acute Assessment Unit (AAU) (also often called Acute Admissions Unit or Acute Medical Assessment unit) is a short-stay department linked with our MAU, but functions as a separate Department. The AAU acts as a gateway between your General Practitioner and the hospital wards. Our AAU is made up of several bays and has a small number of side-rooms and treatment rooms. Our AAU is Consultant Physician led and staffed by a highly skilled nursing team, experienced in Triage and Urgent Care.
Any decisions regarding discharge/admission will be made within 6 hours and will be facilitated by dedicated radiology, laboratory and other services, including nursing & therapy professionals. In the event of discharge, your GP will be informed (on the same day) of the decision together with all relevant clinical details and care plans.
Dr Kamal Abdalla currently practices as a Consultant General Physician while he awaits his Specialist Registration as a Consultant Cardiologist. He is the Clinical Lead within both our Medical Assessment Unit and our recently established Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic. Having graduated from the University of Khartoum in 1999, Dr Abdalla completed his SHO training in Mullingar Hospital and within the Bon Secours Hospital Group. Prior to obtaining membership of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland in 2006, Dr Kamal completed in MSc in Cardiology at Trinity College in Dublin in 2012. From 2013-2017, Dr Abdalla completed his Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at Castlehill Hospital in Hull which is the largest tertiary cardiac hospital in the East Yorkshire region. He returned to us here in January 2017 to take up his post as a Consultant Physician with the Medical Assessment Unit and Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic at Bon Secours Hospital, Tralee.
Areas of interest;
Dr Abdalla's specialist areas of interest include CTO, Implantable Cardiac Devices and Complex Cases within Angiography.