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Children's Assessment Unit

Children are seen on the Assessment Unit following a referral from the Emergency Department, their GP or another Health Care Professional. Your child will be seen and assessed by a Senior Paediatric Nurse and then a Paediatric Doctor before deciding on the appropriate investigations, treatments and observations. Our Childrens Assessment units are at Furness General Hospital and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

What to expect

During your child’s stay they may need a blood test, urine test, x-ray and other medical investigations; they may also require assessment from other specialities e.g. Surgery or Ear, Nose and Throat.

Our aim is to see and treat your child as quickly as possible. However, this is dependent on the workload and pressures on our Doctors in other areas. Children are generally seen in order of arrival. The exception to this would be any seriously unwell child who would be seen as a matter of urgency. Following assessment most children need to stay in hospital for a period of observation.

What happens next

After your child’s assessment, your child may be discharged home or admitted to the Children’s Inpatients Ward. If your child is admitted to the ward we would welcome one parent or guardian to stay overnight.

If you have any further concerns or queries please do not hesitate to speak the nurse in charge of the Assessment Unit.