Paediatric Assessment and Observation Unit

The Paediatric Assessment and Observation Unit (PAOU) provides an assessment and observation of acute medical illness prior to discharge home or admission to the inpatient ward.

It also provides a day service for medical investigations and procedures of children and young people.

Referrals from PAOU can be made to the Community Children’s Nursing Outreach Team or to specialist nurses to provide support and care in the home environment if appropriate.

Opening hours

24 hours a day, seven days a week

Contact

Paediatric Assessment Unit 01695 656393

Referrals

GPs or midwives may refer to the Paediatric Assessment and Observation Unit via the paediatric on-call medical team through the hospital switchboard.

Referrals from PAOU can be made to the Community Children’s Nursing Outreach Team or to Specialist Nurses to provide support and care in the home environment if appropriate.

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