Community Assessment and Treatment Units (CATU)

The Community Assessment and Treatment Units (CATUs) and Older People’s Assessment Units (OPAL) are now live at the following sites: 

·         Camborne Redruth Community Hospital– 7 days a week, 8.00am to 8pm 

·         Bodmin Community Hospital – 7 days a week, 8.00am to 8pm 

·         West Cornwall Hospital (accepting from Camborne West) – 7 days a week, 24 hours 

·         St Austell Community Hospital – Monday – Friday, 8.00am to 8pm


 The CATU inclusion criteria are as follows: 

  • Frailty syndrome - Falls, Dementia, Delirium, Functional Decline, Poor Mobility, Care Home Resident, Parkinson’s Disease
  • Frailty score ≥5 is a guide – older people with frailty syndrome and lower frailty score (2, 3 or 4) may still be considered appropriate for CATU.
  • Ceiling of Care would be Community Hospital - completed community TEP desirable but not mandatory for admission
  • (CATU care is also appropriate for locality older patients with frailty syndromes or low-risk medical problems (NEWS2 <4) who would be for escalation.)
  • Imminent End of Life situations that cannot be cared for at home and are not for escalation.

If you have concerns about a patient who you feel would benefit from a rapid assessment and treatment plan, close to home, from a multi-professional team please make a referral to the CATUs through;

·         Acute GP (In hours) via 01872 226263

·         111 (Out of hours) via 111*5

Both COVID positive and negative patients will be accepted for assessment. If the patient has symptoms, please ensure the Acute GP is aware so we can manage beds and hot/cold areas.