Medical Assessment Unit (MAU)

Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

Our medical assessment unit (MAU) treats people with a range of urgent but not life-threatening medical problems. Usually staff in the emergency department or your GP will send you to us if they feel this is the right place for you to receive care. Our job is to assess what’s wrong with you – this is known as ‘triage’ – and then start treatment if needed.

We will check your pulse, blood pressure and carry out other tests such as an electrocardiogram (ECG), which measures your heart, or an X-ray to check for any broken bones. We may then move you to a ward to see a doctor if you need hospital care, but we’re often able to send you home to complete your treatment.