The staff of the Medical Assessment Unit (MAU), at the Royal Derby Hospital would like to express their thanks to the Derby Hospitals Choir for choosing to make them the beneficiary of their 2013 Christmas Concert.
MAU consists of 51 acute medical beds where patients from Derby and the surrounding areas are admitted throughout the day and night from either Accident and Emergency or GP directives. These patients undergo treatment for many different medical conditions, i.e. stroke, respiratory problems, heart conditions, diabetic problems, cancers and infections to name but a few. Almost everyone within Derby and the surrounding area will have either received or know of someone who has had treatment in this extremely busy unit.
Patients generally only stay for a short time in the unit, until they are either transferred to a ward or are discharged home. Unfortunately, some patients will be terminally ill or be diagnosed with a serious medical condition. At such times a room in the unit is used by patients and their relatives as sensitive information and special needs are discussed with the doctor. Relatives may also use this room as a quiet retreat.
However, staff feel that the room currently used in these circumstances could benefit from a sympathetic makeover. They aspire to improve the room’s ambiance and provide a more relaxing place for both patients and their relatives in times of stress.
This year the Derby Hospitals Choir is supporting the staff of the Derby Royal Medical Assessment Unit, raising money to make improvements to a room on the unit where both privacy and dignity can be afforded to patients and relatives at such difficult times.