Acute care toolkit 10: Ambulatory emergency care

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Ambulatory emergency care is a streamlined way of managing patients presenting to hospital who would traditionally be admitted. This toolkit outlines the principles and highlights some of the benefits of this emerging care pathway.

The numbers of accident and emergency attendances and of patients who are subsequently admitted to hospital are rising, putting pressure on emergency departments across the UK. Ambulatory emergency care is an emerging, streamlined way of managing patients presenting to hospital who would traditionally be admitted. Instead, they can be treated in an ambulatory care setting and discharged the same day – offering benefits to patients, carers, support workers and NHS trusts.

This toolkit includes:

  • principles and models of ambulatory emergency care
  • identification of suitable patients
  • practical tips for setting up an ambulatory emergency care service.