Surgical Assessment Unit (SAU) - For Clinicians
To make a referral to SAU contact the Ops Centre on 0117 4140700
Common surgical Problems:
- Gallbladder problems. We are currently involved in a quality improvement project to try and improve treatment of patients who require urgent surgery.
- Problems that might require emergency abdominal surgery (emergency laparotomy) such as bowel obstruction or perforation. We are involved in a quality improvement project to improve outcomes from emergency laparotomy. We are also working on a project looking at frailty in patients undergoing emergency laparotomy.
- Rectal bleeding. Most patients with bleeding do not require admission to hospital.
- Diverticulitis (inflammatory condition of large bowel)
- Non-specific abdominal pain. We see a lot of patients with abdominal pain where we do not find a specific cause. Our intention is to exclude a serious cause for the pain by performing investigations. If no cause is found, the treatment is pain killers and reassurance.
Common Urological problems:
- Renal Colic
- Haamaturia (blood in urine)
- Urinary retention
- Obstructed kidneys
Common vascular problems:
- Acute, or acute on chronic, limb ischaemia
- Symptomatic abdominal aortic aneurysm- if there is concern regarding rupture patient must be assessed in ED resus first
- Symptomatic carotid stenosis
- Acute diabetic foot problems (ischaemia and/or infection)
- Proximal upper or lower limb DVT for lysis
- False aneurysm (IVDU or post cardiology procedure)
- Readmission for wound complication following arterial surgery
- Renal access complications admitted via renal team
- Acute dissection admitted to CCU or ICU jointly with Cardiology