Joint Emergency Team Greenwich

The Joint Emergency team assesses people, aged 18 years and over, in their own home, A&E and the Acute Medical Unit (AMU) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, to:

  • Reduce unnecessary hospital admissions
  • Crisis intervention
  • facilitate early hospital discharge from AMU into an intermediate care facility, where appropriate

They plan and arrange rehabilitation and ensure it is undertaken in the appropriate setting i.e. the patient’s own home or in an intermediate care facility, with the patient’s best interests at heart.

The team works closely with social services, Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the three intermediate care units, the Bevan Unit which is now called Eltham community Hospital, Artillery Unit at Ash Green and the Ross Unit at Time Court.

The team will see people that require assessment within 24 hours.

Referrals

The Joint Emergency team accepts referrals from all primary, community, acute and social services. This service is available to Greenwich residents or those registered with a Greenwich GP. Referrals are made through the Joint Emergency Team

Greenwich Community Health Services’ Joint Emergency Team is based at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Teams of nurses, social workers, occupational therapists and physiotherapists work together to provide a multidisciplinary response to emergencies arising within the community which require a response within 24 hours.

The Joint Emergency team assesses people, aged 18 years and over, in their own home, A&E and the Acute Medical Unit (AMU) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, to:

  • reduce unnecessary hospital admissions
  • crisis intervention
  • facilitate early hospital discharge from AMU into an intermediate care facility, where appropriate, and
  • Plan and arrange rehabilitation and ensure it is undertaken in the appropriate setting i.e. in their own home or in an intermediate care facility, with the patient’s best interests at heart.

The team responds to emergencies they are alerted to within the community at care homes, A&E and through GP surgeries, and handle those of which could be dealt with through treatment at home or through short term residential care. They plan and arrange rehabilitation and ensure it is undertaken in the appropriate setting i.e. the patient’s own home or in an intermediate care facility, with the patient’s best interests at heart.