Surgical Assessment Unit (SAU) - For Clinicians

To make a referral to SAU contact the Ops Centre on 0117 4140700 

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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.
  • Pancreatitis
  • 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.
  • Appendicitis
  • 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

Please note:

  • Renal access complications admitted via renal team
  • Acute dissection admitted to CCU or ICU jointly with Cardiology