John Hunter Hospital upgrade – Acute General Surgical Unit

Hunter New England Local Health District has redeveloped an existing space in John Hunter Hospital for a dedicated 6-bed Acute General Surgical Unit (AGSU).

A dedicated AGSU space allows the rapid assessment, treatment and admission of emergency patients, particularly those with abdominal pain and other acute general surgical conditions.

The six additional AGSU beds in a designated unit will improve patient transfer from the ED into surgery.

Once it is determined the patient requires surgical admission, they will be admitted to AGSU to begin their investigations and plan of care. This contributes to the flow from the ED to a unit that specialises in preparing the patient for the type of surgery they require, meaning the patient’s surgical care begins faster.

A virtual AGSU model of care was implemented at John Hunter Hospital in 2008; however, a dedicated space for the service was unavailable until now.

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Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC, toured the new AGSU on 6 April 2018 to officially open the new space. 

The redevelopment is now complete and operational.