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The NIHR CLAHRC Oxford and AHSN Out of Hospital Care Clinical Network is working with the Emergency Multidisciplinary Unit (EMU) team based at Abingdon Hospital to develop plans for wider roll-out of their innovative care model across UK wide NHS trusts.

Part developed and led by Dr Dan Lasserson (CLAHRC Oxford EMU project lead and lead for the Oxford AHSN out of hospital care clinical network) the EMU is an evolution of the urgent care pathway for assessment and treatment of older patients living with frailty, utilising innovations in point-of-care diagnostic technology. This allows for blood results in minutes after patients arrive on the unit, enabling the best medical care to be provided as soon as possible. Patients can also be seen by physiotherapists, occupational therapists and social workers in the same visit.

With daily visits for treatment and monitoring, patients can be treated for conditions such as heart failure, pneumonia or reduced kidney function without needing admission to hospital. CCGs and NHS Trusts are showing increased interest in adopting the EMU model, which won the Service Delivery category in the Guardian Healthcare Innovation Awards 2013.

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