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.