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Acute medical service (formerly BAMS)

Acute medical service

Ward details

AMU is an assessment and admissions unit for acutely unwell patients.  We treat emergency admissions from the A&E department and take direct referrals from GPs. Patients receive medical assessment and treatment before being admitted to the hospital for further treatment or discharged home.

We have an ambulatory care area where patients referred from their GP are triaged (assessed to determine the severity of their condition) and we have a ward area where acutely unwell female patients are cared for. 

We treat non-operable medical conditions. Most commonly we treat patients with chest pain and heart arrythmias, stroke, respiratory conditions, unstable diabetes, gastro-intestinal conditions and oncology emergencies.  We also care for patients with social and psychological problems before they are admitted or discharged to suitable places of care.

We have a senior nurse in charge of every shift who is responsible for coordinating patient care and bed allocation. This involves liaising with other departments and health care professionals in order to treat patients as quickly and efficiently as possible.

We have a dedicated team of qualified nurses and health care assistants who work in our fast moving environment to retain a high level of all round patient care. 


Sister Nicole Brasier

Ward telephone number

Ext: 6819 / 6186

Contact email address



Edmund Stone ward, 2nd floor Prittlewell wing


Acute assessment service

Business unit


Visiting and other instructions

Visiting hours on this ward are 11:00 - 20:00.  Please keep visitors to a maximum of two per bed, unless you have made other arrangements with the nurse in charge.  No visiting is permitted during mealtimes unless discussed with the Ward manager in advance.

No children under 12.

As a patient on this ward, you may be under the care of one or more of these consultants

DR Peasegood - lead Consultant AMU 

Specialist teams who care for patients on this ward

  • Hospital to Home
  • Cardiac nurses
  • Respiratory nurses
  • Diabetic nurses
  • Wound care team
  • Outreach Team
  • Alcohol and mental health team

Postal address

Acute medical service
Southend Hospital
Prittlewell Chase
Westcliff on Sea