Transforming Health - New Royal Adelaide Hospital Acute Assessment Unit Consultation Paper

11 August 2016

At the June new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) Industrial Forum, the Acting Clinical Lead, Acute and Complex Medicine and Nursing Director, Acute Medicine and Support Services, provided a presentation about the Acute Assessment Unit (AAU) in the new RAH. The Consultation Paper is now out for consultation.

The PSA was advised that the AAU in the new RAH has been designed as a key link between the Emergency Department (ED) and Inpatient Teams. Also, the AAU in the new RAH will facilitate early specialist assessment, rapid discharge and will become a location safe patient care in the early part of a patient's admission 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The AAU in the new RAH will integrate the current RAH Acute Medical Unit, Acute Surgical Unit and part of the functions of the current Extended Emergency Care Unit.

The PSA is concerned that the new RAH AAU will change the way that staff work but the Consultation Paper does not go into specific details in relation to:

  • Whether there will be Allied Health and administrative staff working across 7 days per week;
  • Allied Health, Pharmacy, Nursing and and medical staff will work closely in a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Pharmacy staff will work across surgical and medical areas in the AAU

The PSA encourages members to provide feedback, due by close of business 9 September 2016 through survey monkey at; in writing to Workforce Workstream, new RAH Program, Level 8, Emergency Block, Royal Adelaide Hospital, SA 5000; or by sending a copy to the PSA: