How does the unit work?
There is growing evidence across the country that this type of assessment unit is very effective at treating children and preventing overnight hospital admissions.
Children are referred here by their GP for a specialist paediatric opinion with the intention they will only be admitted if they cannot be cared for at home. Your child will be assessed by a nurse first and then a doctor, usually a consultant.
Children stay on the assessment unit for a period of time for observation before being discharged home. Occasionally they may need to be transferred to a children’s ward at another hospital for overnight care.