Clinical Assessment Unit, Sutton

The Clinical Assessment Unit (CAU) is an acute cancer (oncology) unit in The Royal Marsden's Sutton hospital.

Initially, this new one-bed unit provides ascitic drainage, but there are plans to expand the range of clinical procedures to mirror the model of care provided in the Clinical Assessment Unit at Chelsea.

Location, directions and parking

The CAU is located on the ground floor of the hospital in the East Wing.

Opening times and visitors

CAU is open 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Patients are welcome to bring a family member or friend to accompany them when attending the CAU.

Food and drink

Sandwiches, nutritional snacks, and hot and cold drinks are available for patients being treated on CAU.

Your hospital visit

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CAU staff

The clinical site practitioners and nurses working on CAU have a firm knowledge and understanding of cancer nursing and are expertly skilled in a number of clinical procedures, such as:

  • pre-assessment 
  • telephone and face-to-face triage
  • taking blood (phlebotomy)
  • inserting a fine tube into a vein (cannulation)
  • giving medications, fluids and various blood products into a vein
  • ECG (echocardiogram).

They also have advanced assessment and diagnostic skills, enabling them to review patients and start early goal directed treatment (EGDT) for better patient outcomes.

They work closely with other members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team ensuring safe and optimum care is provided within the unit and organising additional appointments for investigations as required.

The matrons are Ali Hodge and Caro Watts, and the sister is Anna Buckle.

Contact details

Tel: 020 8661 3380 or 020 8661 3379

The Royal Marsden, Downs Road, Sutton Surrey SM2 5PT