Surgical emergency ambulatory care unit at Royal Lancaster Infirmary moves temporarily to Kendal

The Surgical Emergency Ambulatory Care (SEAC) unit at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary has moved to Westmorland General Hospital (WGH) to help University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) to manage the Covid-19 pandemic.

By Gayle Rouncivell
Tuesday, 7th April 2020, 4:12 pm
Updated Tuesday, 7th April 2020, 4:14 pm
Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal.
Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal.

The RLI SEAC unit moved on Friday April 3 to support UHMBT to make the best use of its estates, creating more capacity for patients with Covid-19.

The new emergency surgical assessment unit at WGH opened on Monday April 6 and will see patients with less severe conditions who are able to travel.

A service will remain at RLI for those patients who are unable or unwilling to travel and patients with more severe conditions.

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The unit at WGH will be open from Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm.

The SEAC unit sees a wide variety of patients from the Emergency Department and GPs under a broad range of specialities including general surgery, urology, orthopaedics, maxillofacial, and ear, nose and throat.

The conditions may include appendicitis, gall bladder disease, sebaceous cysts and abscesses.

The unit also see fractures and swollen joints from the orthopaedic team; ear infections from the ENT team; facial swelling, facial fractures and dental abscesses from maxillofacial; and urinary retention, urinary infections, catheter problems (including changes), and renal stones from urology.

Dr Shahedal Bari, medical director, UHMBT, said: “The temporary relocation of the SEAC unit at RLI to WGH will help to increase bed capacity for patients with Covid-19 and thanks to the

surgical team for coming up with this plan in a very difficult time to offer a safe and clean service.

“The move to WGH will ensure our patients continue to have the very best care and experience.

"For patients unable or unwilling to travel from the acute site, a service will remain which will also be able to treat those too unwell to be considered for SEAC.”