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Emergency Assessment Unit

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Colchester Hospital

At Colchester Hospital we are part of the Emergency department and we include:

Medical Day Unit (MDU)

  • Where you can be tested, treated and discharged without needing to stay overnight. Open 8:00am to 10:30pm.

Short Stay Unit (SSU)

  • We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will admitted to this ward if you only need to be in hospital for a short time.

Observation Unit (OU)

  • You may be admitted here if you arrive in the evening and need to be seen by a specific doctor who is not available until the morning.

High Observation Unit (HOBs)

  • Provides higher level care.

How to get here

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EAU is on the ground floor of the main building.



Reception: 01206 742 162

Nurse Station: 01206 742 017

Ipswich Hospital

At Ipswich hospital, EAU consists of:

Capel Short Stay Unit

  • Providing assessment, treatment and discharge for patients with medical and surgical conditions who have an expected length of stay of 48 hours.

Brantham Assessment Unit

  • This is a trolley/chair assessment area where all urgent or emergency medical and surgical patients are seen and assessed.  A decision is made whether they need to stay in hospital.  Brantham Assessment Unit is open from 8:00am – 10:00 pm, seven days a week.

Brantham Ward

  • Provides assessment, treatment and discharge for patients who have an expected length of stay of 24 hours.

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Who comes to the EAU?

You will come to the Emergency Assessment Unit (EAU) if you have seen your GP and they have arranged for you to come in for tests or treatment.

You may also come in if you have been seen in the Emergency Department and they want you to stay in hospital for further treatment or tests.


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