Acute Medicine

What we do

We treat patients who need short-term hospital treatment because of an acute (sudden and severe) illness. We provide rapid specialist assessment and treatment, and see people who need medical rather than surgical care. Patients are referred to us by the King’s Emergency Department or by their GP.

If you come to the Emergency Department and need to be admitted as an inpatient for medical treatment, you will be cared for in one of the Acute Medical Units - Annie Zunz Ward or RD Lawrence Ward. If you recover within three days, you will be discharged to your GP’s care. If you need to stay in hospital for longer than three days, you will be transferred to a general medical ward at King's.

We treat most medical conditions, for example: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma, acute heart failure, pneumonia, headache, cellulitis, urinary tract infections, and clots on the lung (pulmonary embolism).

Outpatient clinics
We hold appointment-only outpatient clinics at our Medical Assessment Centre (MAC), which is based in Twining Ward. Here we see patients who have either:

  • been referred directly to us by their GP or by the Emergency Department, because they are medically unwell
  • or who have been treated previously on one of our Acute Medical Units.

Full list of locations

Location

For further information please contact the Main Reception.

Contact Details

  • Annie Zunz Ward: +44 (0)20 3299 3437
  • Medical Assessment Centre (MAC), Twining Ward: +44 (0)20 3299 3509
  • RD Lawrence Ward: +44 (0)20 3299 5979

Conditions we treat

We treat acutely unwell medical patients who require a short stay in the hospital. We also treat patients in an ambulatory (outpatient) setting where possible.

GPs should use the TALK line (number below) to discuss and refer patients who have a medical illness or diagnosis and who require early review, but not necessarily inpatient admission. They may be seen at our Medical Assessment Centre (MAC), which provides a consultant-led outpatient service for this group of patients. The aim is to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions while providing excellent and timely patient care.

Booking a patient at King's

Routine Referrals

We do not take routine referrals, however, GPs can call the King's TALK service phoneline on 020 3299 6613 and select option 2 to discuss rapid outpatient review, and for clinical advice or admission avoidance for acutely unwell patients. See the Acute Medicine GP referral pathway for more information.

Emergency Referrals

GPs: Call 020 3299 6613 and choose option 2 to speak to discuss rapid outpatient review, and for clinical advice or admission avoidance for acutely unwell patients. See the Acute Medicine GP referral pathway for more information.

For referrals to MAC from King's: call 37221 to discuss with the MAC consultant.

Key Clinical Staff

Name Job Title
Dr Mohammed Al-Khafaji locum consultant
Dr Flaminia Bruno Consultant
Dr Elisa Gonzalez Garcia Consultant
Dr Philip Kelly Consultant Endocrinologist, Acute and General Physician
Dr Satnam Lidder Consultant Physician
Dr Shairana Naleem Consultant Physician
Dr Viral Patel Consultant Physician
Dr Akash Saxena Consultant in Acute Medicine
Dr Vivek Sharma Consultant Physician and Clinical Lead
Dr Robin Sherchan Consultant in Acute Medicine
Dr Marcus Simmgen Consultant
Dr Martin Whyte Consultant