About our AMU

ELHT opens its purpose built, state-of-the-art Acute Medical Unit on 27 November 2020. 

Located at the front of Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital, the work has allowed the merge of two units, enabling the Trust to provide a single Acute Medical Unit system of care.

The unit accommodates 73 beds in total, ‘wraps around’ the new integrated Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit and has a range of functions including:

  • 10 high-observation beds to provide higher dependency support
  • Staff education facilities
  • A dedicated inpatient pharmacy service

What we do

On arrival, patients will be initially assessed by a nurse who will record vital signs such as temperature, pulse and blood pressure. Other diagnostics such as blood tests and x-rays may also be required. After review by medical staff and a consultant the patient may be discharged or sent to a medical ward to continue their treatment. Patients who are expected to be discharged within 2-3 days may stay on the AMU under the care of an Acute Physician.

How to access the service

Patients are referred to the AMU from the Emergency Department, by GPs or other health professionals.

Where to find us

The unit currently remains in two sections to allow for a RED (COVID-19) and a GREEN (Non-COVID-19) pathway system. 

Access to this unit is via level one opposite the internal entrance to the Emergency Department:

- Go through the main entrance and turn right

- Follow the corridor around to the left and turn left again past the lifts and the Macmillan Cancer Support stand.

- The AMU is on the right-hand side down that corrid

Ward Manager

Victoria Blackstock (AMU A)
Alison Balshaw (AMU B)


Key staff

Dr Andreas Jostel - Clinical Director
Lesley Gaw - Matron
Kim Brown – Senior Sister (AMU A)
Victoria Blackstock – Senior Sister (AMU A)
Alison Balshaw – Senior Sister (AMU B)
Elizabeth Liddle – Senior Sister (AMU B)


General enquiries

For any general enquiries or advice about our service please telephone 01254 735720/01254 735721


AMU B - Save

Nurses Station - 01254 735600

                         - 01254 735700

                         - 01254 732943


Sister's office    - 01254 733471

For a 'virtual tour' of the new AMU, watch the video below:

For information on accessibility to the AMU please click the icon below: