The Paediatric Assessment Unit (PAU) is open 24 hours a day, seeing acutely unwell children and babies. Children can be referred here from the Paediatric Emergency Department or from their GP. If you are a GP wishing to make an acute referral, please call Kingston Hospital switchboard (0208 546 7711) and ask for the on call Paediatric Team – this will be put through to a mobile phone during the day and a bleep at night.
Children may be asked to attend the Paediatric Emergency Department if they sound very unwell, or may be asked to come directly to Dolphin Ward. They are triaged by a nurse and then assessed by a nurse practitioner or doctor. From here, children may be discharged home, observed for some time or admitted to Paediatrics on Sunshine Ward.