Clinical Assessment Unit

The new setting of the clinical assessment unit is to provide rapid assessment and treatment of patients who do not need admission to an acute hospital.

To proactively diagnose and treat patients, to prevent deterioration that could lead to an emergency and to refer to the appropriate community services, such as One Team, to support patients in their own home during their need for health care.

We are a unit consisting of Specialist Doctors and Registered Nurses who clinically assess patients who are referred via a health care professional – GPs, Paramedics, Nurses, Therapists and via our Urgent Care Centre. Various investigations will be made, such as blood tests, x-rays, scans and electrocardiogram (ECG), a diagnosis will be made and treatment commenced. Patients can spend up to 4 hours within the unit while treatment is being carried out.

The unit is open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Saturday. Last referrals accepted at 6pm.

We work in the following healthcare areas:

  • Abdominal Pain

  • Breathing problems/exacerbation of COPD

  • Cellulitis

  • Chest Infections

  • Deep Venous (Vein) Thrombosis

  • Exacerbation of Asthma

  • Falls

  • Gastroenteritis

  • Headaches

  • Urinary Retention

  • Urinary Tract Infections


Copthorne, Crawley, East Grinstead, Horsham, Southwater

How To Access

The service is accessed by GPs, Paramedics and Health Care Professionals. They will make a decision to refer to the unit and contact One Call, the single access point, who will organise a conference call to the doctor in the unit to discuss the referral. They will then inform the patient of when and where to attend.

Contact Details

Judy Dronfield, Lead Nurse
Clinical Assessment Unit
Crawley Hospital
West Green Drive
RH11 2DH
Tel: 01293 600300 ext 4149, Bleep 834
Fax: 01293 600426

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday 8am to 8pm. Last referrals accepted at 6pm.

How to find us

We are located within Crawley Hospital, please report to the Urgent Care Centre Reception (formerly Urgent Treatment Centre) and inform the receptionist you are to be seen by the Clinical Assessment Unit. Parking is limited within the grounds of the hospital so we recommend that a friend or relative accompanies you unless the referring health care professional has arranged ambulance transport.

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