Medicine – general, specialist and emergency

Report-32General, specialist and emergency medicine, and ambulatory care represent a very large and diverse range of services, and provide a wide variety of opportunities for nursing staff. 

The medicine division comprises:

The emergency department, emergency admissions unit, medical investigations unit and inpatient ward, endoscopy unit, coronary care unit, cardiac rehabilitation service, general medicine inpatient wards, respiratory intervention unit, and acquired brtain injury inpatient ward, as well as specialist nursing services for conditions including Parkinson’s, epilepsy and dermatology.

These specialist areas provide inpatient care as well as outpatient diagnostics, ambulatory care and treatment, and the emergency department. Staff have a variety of opportunities to develop their skills in specialist, critical and general areas and will progress within the division as opportunities arise. The medicine division offers a rich environment and diverse learning opportunities to support your development and help you to identify the specialty you may wish to pursue further.

The medicine division strives to innovate, and one area leading the way nationally is the medical investigations unit. The unit is one of the few in the UK to be led entirely by specially trained nurses. One sister, four deputy sisters and six staff nurses provide a number of treatments on a day case basis, including intravenous antibiotics, intravenous drug infusions, biopsies and blood transfusions. The unit has five nurse prescribers responsible for assessing patients with diagnosed or undiagnosed conditions and making decisions about the clinical care they need, including prescribing medication for those patients. The majority of our nurse prescribers are also able to prescribe blood and blood products – a skill which was previously the remit of doctors.

For more information on nursing opportunities in medicine at Poole Hospital please contact Tracey Preddy, PA to the matron for medicine, via or call 01202 263302.

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