Clinical Assessment Unit

Who is the service for?   

Patients with a moderate illness will be referred to the CAU either by GP referral, Urgent Care Community Team (UCCT), Urgent Care Centre (UCC) or from other sites within the Trust.

What does the service provide?

The team on the Clinical Assessment Unit (CAU) provide assessment and treatment for patients with moderate illness and non-life threatening illnesses and in some cases may forward a referral onto another specialist service such as cardiology, vascular or haematology or may refer a patient on for Intermediate Care.

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.

Where can you find these services?

The unit can be found on the:

Level B, 
Rochdale Infirmary, 
Whitehall Street, 
Rochdale
, 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

Unit Sister Stacey Debio

Lead Nurse Gillian Fogarty

Assistant Director of Nursing Jackie Heatley

Who will patients meet while under your department/service’s care?

The Department is staffed with a Consultant in acute medicine, middle grade doctor 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.

Practical Information

Staff may ask 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. 

The Unit operates open visiting and relatives and carer’s are welcome to come in to support their loved ones.