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Information for patients

Providing acute medical services 

There are many medical conditions that when you are first admitted to hospitals are often looked after by the general medicine team, such as sickle cell diseaseHIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, rheumatology and neurology.

If you have a condition usually managed by a different speciality or we diagnose something that should be managed by a speciality team, then we will contact the speciality team to discuss taking over your care whilst you are in hospital or in outpatients when you are discharged.  

If the speciality team agrees to take over your care and you need to remain in hospital, we will arrange for you to be transferred to a bed managed by the speciality team. This may mean you need to transfer to a ward at Guy's Hospital and/or there maybe a delay in transferring you to the speciality bed if they do not have any beds available.  Where there is a delay to your transfer, we will ask if the speciality team can come and review you whilst you remain in one of our beds.

If you need to stay in hospital for more than a day or two then you will either be transferred to one of our general medical wards at St Thomas' Hospital or to a speciality ward either at St Thomas' Hospital or Guy's Hospital if this is more appropriate.

The general medicine outpatient team work on both sites providing care to patients with a range of conditions including hypertension, stroke prevention and falls whilst also covering general medicine.

Wards for general medicine: