Clinical Assessment Unit

The team on the Clinical Assessment Unit (CAU) provide assessment, treatment and, in some cases, onward referral to people who arrive at hospital with a moderate illness.

Different from an Accident and Emergency Unit, staff on the CAU help to diagnose and treat minor injuries and non-life threatening illnesses.

Why might patients be referred to this department?

Patients with moderate illness will be referred to the CAU, either by GP referral, referral from the Rochdale Infirmary Urgent Care Centre, or from other sites within the Trust.

What will happen and who will you meet?

The Department is staffed by a Consultant in acute medicine, middle grade doctors with experience in emergency care, and experienced nursing, therapy and support staff. There are also receptionists and administrative staff who work within the unit to support clinical staff.

Staff may ask for information about pre-existing conditions and prescribed medications, details of allergies, when the patient last ate or drank and events leading up to their admission.

They may also ask whether the patient is on any blood thinning medication.

Where can you find these services?

The unit can be found on the:

First floor, above the Urgent Care Centre, 
Rochdale Infirmary, 
Whitehall Street, 
, Lancashire, 
OL12 0NB.

When is the department open?

This service is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

How can you contact the department?

Telephone: 01706 517515.

Key Members of Staff

Dr S. McCallum – Clinical Lead.