The Surgical Assessment Unit (SAU) is a significant development for our patients designed to support and enhance our emergency and general surgical services.  We are continuing to work with our colleagues in primary and emergency care, to enhance services both in hospital and across the whole health system. 

The SAU assesses patients who have a confirmed or probable surgical condition. Patients are referred via their GP or are admitted via the Emergency Department.

Depending on the clinical condition and / or are needs, the patient will either be assessed in the clinic or admitted to another ward.

If admitted, it is usual for that to happen on the same day or the day after admission. If referred by a GP, it's possible the patient may need to attend an appointment which may be on the same day or the following day.