The acute assessment unit (AAU) is a ward for medical and emergency patients who have been referred by their GP or A&E to undergo further assessment. When a patient arrives on the ward, they will be assessed by a nurse and observations and investigations will be carried out, the patient will then be seen by a doctor who will plan the diagnosis and treatment.
The Acute Assessment Unit can be found on the ground floor of the ward block and is served by the Main Reception located on Kempston Road.
Please see it on the map below with the reference number 21.Bedford Hospital South Wing Map
The unit operates an open visiting policy, which means that you can visit your friend or relative at any time. Children are, however, not permitted on the unit.
Although on the 19 July 2021 regulations around the use of facemasks / coverings and social distancing will change across the country, at Bedfordshire Hospitals all COVID infection prevention control measures currently in place will remain the same.
The Trust has decided it is currently not safe to lift all restrictions at our hospitals.
Everyone attending our sites will still be required to wear a facemask (unless medically exempt), adhere to social distancing and attend your appointments alone especially in our Emergency Departments and Outpatients (exclusions apply to our paediatric patients and those requiring carer support)
Visiting is now permitted on most of our adult inpatient wards in a controlled manner. Appointments need to be pre-booked with ward staff.
Full details about attending our hospitals and visiting is available here.