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Emergency Ambulatory Care (EAC)

What we do

Emergency Ambulatory Care (EAC) is a service that provides same day emergency care to patients.

Patients are assessed, diagnosed, treated and are able to go home the same day, without being admitted overnight. Ambulatory Care is a way of providing safe care designed around the needs of the patients.

In the emergency ambulatory care unit we treat many common conditions including:

  • headaches
  • deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • cellulitis
  • diabetes.

Where possible, we aim to arrange any tests or treatments required for within the duration of your visit. This enables you to go home the same day and continue your treatment on an ambulatory basis.

This adult service is consultant led with a multi-disciplinary team including; medical and emergency physicians, surgeons, nurses, healthcare assistants and a full range of hospital based specialities working together in the acute care of patients.

All patients must be referred and clinically accepted by the ambulatory care team.

What to expect while under our care

You will usually have been referred to Emergency Ambulatory Care by;

  • your GP,
  • the Urgent Care Centre,
  • the Emergency Department
  • your inpatient ward for an earlier supported discharge home as part of your enhanced recovery programme

Your referral will be reviewed by the EAC clinical team. You will then be contacted by a member of the EAC team to confirm the date and time you should attend unit.

On your arrival in the unit you will be greeted by a member of the team who will introduce themselves and the unit facilities.

You will be assessed by a nurse who will take your blood pressure, pulse and temperature. A doctor will make an initial assessment, asking a series of questions about your symptoms, past medical history and details of any medications you are taking. You will then be examined, and you may need to have some diagnostic tests, for example an X-ray or ultrasound scan. We will try to give you the results of any tests on the same day.

You may have treatment while in emergency ambulatory care unit, or we might recommend that your GP starts treatment.

This is a day treatment service so patients may be required to come back the following day.

On average patients can spend between 4 – 6 hours on the unit, although this may be longer for some procedures or complex tests, so please feel free to bring a book/ magazines etc. for while you wait.


We are located on Level 5, Acute Floor of the Thomas Kemp Building at Royal Sussex County Hospital.

We are open 8am to 8pm Monday to Sunday.


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