The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Children’s Assessment and Treatment Unit

Welcome to the Children’s Assessment and Treatment (CAT) Unit.

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The CAT Unit is where 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 an in-patient ward. You're likely to come to the CAT Unit if you are referred by your GP, other health care professionals or the children’s emergency department.

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. 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 at the weekend. 

A new CAT Unit!

In 2021 we moved into a brand new CAT Unit, officially opened by HRH The Countess of Wessex. The relocated unit on Ward L37, B floor, Clarendon Wing is in close proximity of other children's services and has been created with increased capacity to care for up to  90 patients per day at busy times.

The new unit, specifically designed for children and young people, has additional side rooms, consultation rooms, more space for play and larger waiting rooms. There is also a state-of-the-art Paediatric Urgent Management Area (PUMA).  

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11 year old patient Hajrah assisted HRH to officially open the new CAT Unit at a virtual ceremony. 

Watch highlights from the opening ceremony here: HRH Countess of Wessex CAT Unit Virtual Opening - YouTube