New Therapy Area for Health Tec Medical - Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC)

In recent months we have installed 46 Digiterm chairs within new build SDEC Units across the following NHS Trusts, Countess of Chester, Scarborough General, Morriston Hospital (Swansea Bay) and Sandwell General Hospital.

Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) is one of the many ways the NHS is working to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time for patients.

It aims to benefit both patients and the healthcare system by reducing waiting times and hospital admissions, where appropriate.

SDEC is the provision of same day care for emergency patients who would otherwise be admitted to hospital.

Under this care model, patients presenting at hospital with relevant conditions can be rapidly assessed, diagnosed, and treated without being admitted to a ward, and if clinically safe to do so, will go home the same day their care is provided.

The national SDEC model builds on previous improvement work in ambulatory emergency care (AEC) services across the NHS, with the aim of providing a consistent approach to patient pathways.

This short animation is designed to explain the role of SDEC, where it fits within the urgent and emergency care system and the benefits it provides to both staff and patients.

There are significant benefits associated with treating people through SDEC services, including:

  • the ability for patients to be assessed, diagnosed, and start treatment on the same day, improving patient experience and reducing hospital admissions.
  • avoiding unplanned and longer than necessary stays in hospitals, resulting in lower risk of infections and de-conditioning for patients
  • financial benefits and cost savings for hospitals, and often for patients too.
Scarborough General Hospital

Scarborough General Hospital