Amber care bundle

What is the AMBER Care Bundle?

It was developed at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital, London.

The AMBER care bundle is now a nationally recognised tool to help identify patients with an uncertain recovery.

It helps to manage and support the care of hospital patients who are facing an uncertain recovery.



Best practice


Recovery uncertain

Who is the AMBER care bundle for?

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, treatments do not give the results we would hope for and a person’s recovery may be uncertain. When we are concerned about this, the AMBER care bundle can help to make sure that all our staff know about the patient’s condition and are working together to give the best possible care and support.

Some people in this situation may recover from their current illness. Some people, however, may not respond to treatment. The AMBER care bundle is not about stopping treatments but aims to keep the patient and their relatives or carers up to date with what is happening. It ensures staff talk to patients and those close to them about treatment options and where they want to be cared for.

What does the AMBER care bundle mean for me?

The AMBER care bundle helps us to develop a clear plan where your wishes and preferences are at the centre.  We will monitor you closely on a daily basis. This will allow us to respond quickly to any changes in your condition.  We will keep you up to date with any changes in your condition and your treatment, so you can be actively involved in your care.  You will also be given the opportunity to discuss how and where you would like to be cared for in the future if you do not get better. You can talk to us about any other wishes or concerns you have.  With your permission, we can also include your family, carers or friends in these discussions, and make sure they are updated regularly.

Who should I contact if I have any further questions about this?

If you have any further questions about the AMBER care bundle and what it means, please ask your ward manager, nurse specialist or hospital doctor.