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Acute Internal Medicine

AIM is concerned with the assessment, diagnosis and management of adults presenting to secondary care with acute medical illness.
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At Surrey and Sussex, doctors can gain experience working in a busy acute medical unit as a foundation doctor, GP trainee, Core medical trainee and Specialty registrar. We have a purpose built unit with designated ambulatory and assessment areas as well as in-patient beds for up to 72 hours from admission.

We work to an average length of stay of 1 day. The Acute Medical team manage the acute medical take each day until 12.30 and provide support to ambulatory care until 5pm. We have currently:

StR level doctors- placements can include 6 months respiratory or 6 months acute geriatric medicine. Support is given to develop existing skills including Echocardiography, bedside Ultrasound and medical education activities.

Core medical trainees will gain experience of acute unselected on-call and top 20 medical conditions, experience running the acute take ‘acting up’ as StR under supervision, practical procedures, support to complete a quality improvement project. The CMT also runs a weekly TIA clinic session (supervised by a Consultant)

GP trainees- ST1/2 level- will gain experience of managing acute medical illness from secondary care perspective.

Foundation doctors- will gain invaluable experience in a busy unit, time management skills, prioritisation of tasks, common medical conditions, basic clinical and procedural skills, ward round skills.

Doctors in Training have the opportunity and are encouraged to take part in audit, quality and service improvement projects as well as patient experience initiatives. Previous trainees have been involved in Trust videos, the #hellomynameis campaign, electronic prescribing and white board technology and also the development of a junior doctor mobile phone app.

This not only improves the experience of the Doctor in Training working on the unit in terms of non-clinical skills, it allows them additional opportunities in their personal development. We encourage our trainees to develop their critical thinking and writing skills and have supported many in presenting at national and international conferences. In the last two years we have had over 15 posters and 4 oral presentations at national and international conferences and we strongly recommend juniors to contribute to the Society for Acute Medicine conferences.

Education and Clinical Teams

Dr Ben Mearns

Dr Ben Mearns

Clinical lead for Acute and Elderly Medicine

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Dr Ben Mearns who joined SASH in 2007, is a consultant in acute medicine and a geriatrician. He is chief of medicine and responsible for leading the extensive number of services within the medicine division; ranging from the emergency department (A&E) and cardiology to therapies and pharmacy. He is passionate about patient engagement and the delivery of safe high quality care. He values the opportunity to hear from the people we care for and to ensure that their views are heard. He is a strong advocate of patient involvement in continuing to develop and improve the services we provide. Dr Mearns is a member of the SASH executive committee and an active member of the transformation guiding team. He is also a senior associate at the Nuffield Trust.
Dr Natalie Powell

Dr Natalie King

AMU and Acute Geriatrics, KSS leadership Faculty

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Dr Natalie King MBBS, BSc, MSc, FRCP(UK) Dr King was appointed as Consultant in Acute Medicine in January 2011. After training at St George’s Hospital Medical School she worked throughout the south completing registrar training in General Internal Medicine, Geriatric and Stroke Medicine. She also holds a Master’s degree in Gerontology from King’s College, London.

She is the Clinical Lead for Acute Medicine leading a team of 13 Consultants and beds in the Acute Medical unit, Godstone short stay and Capel general medical wards as well as the Kingsfold Ambulatory Emergency Care unit which opened in October 2017.   Dr King is also the Head of KSS School of Physician Associates and is the RCP Fellow representative on the board of the Faculty of Physician Associates at the RCP London.  She holds a Honorary Senior Lecturer title at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, our associated teaching hospital and has an interest in low technology simulation and human factors and is the lead for the Quality Ward Round Programme within KSS.


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Dr Carol Postlethwaite

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Dr Martin Dachsel

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Dr Andres Acosta

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Dr Shaista Nazir

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Dr Padmini Sastry

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Dr Radha Selvaratnam

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Dr Borja Tejero-Moya

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Dr Muhammad Jawad

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Dr Nick Smallwood

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Dr Juliana Barla

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Dr Sihem Beghoul

Wards Covered

  • AMU (Acute Medical Unit)
  • Kingsfold
  • Horley
“It’s a-buzz with ideas and discussion, is friendly and professional and an exciting place to be for a junior”.

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Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Trust Headquarters
East Surrey Hospital

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