Children’s Assessment and Treatment Unit
Welcome to the Children’s Assessment and Treatment Unit (CAT).
The CAT unit is where all acutely unwell children (up to 16 years of age) are assessed and treated by the Paediatric team, before they are either discharged home or admitted to the in-patient ward. This is where all children are reviewed when they are referred by their GP, other health care professionals or the children’s emergency department for a specialist paediatric opinion or assessment. We are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Our philosophy is to provide rapid, highly competent, safe and effective care to the children we see.
The CAT unit is always staffed by experienced doctors and nurses, of varying seniority, though the actual number of staff present varies throughout the day and night. We tend to have more staff at times when we expect the unit to be busy (usually afternoons and evenings). A Paediatric Registrar is always present on the unit and a Paediatric Consultant is present during the busiest times of the day, every day, including the weekend.