CEA works closely with the Primary Urgent Care Centre (PUCC), which is also located with the A&E department. PUCC is run by GPs and cares for primary care ailments.
Registering and assessment
When a child attends CEA, they initially register with the receptionist. Following registration children have an initial assessment made by a nurse. This ensures that treatment is timely and relevant information is obtained.
Types of care
Once the child is assessed by the nurse they will then see either:
- Primary Urgent Care Centre (PUCC): for children with primary care ailments and long-standing problems.
- A&E doctor: for children over the age of one year and those with injuries.
- childrens doctor: for children under one year, all GP referrals and those with medical complaints.
Children may also be referred to other specialities depending on their clinical need.
Once a child has been seen by a doctor, they will be discharged home, transferred to the observation unit, admitted to the Starlight children's ward or transferred to another hospital (usually the Royal London Hospital).
Most children will go home from the observation unit on the same day. Our hospital at home service is used when a child is judged to be well enough to go home but requires ongoing treatment.
We liaise with your GP, health visitor and other professionals if we think this will help your child.