Children’s Short Stay Assessment (Rapid Response Unit)


The Children’s Short Stay Assessment Unit cares for children and young people from birth up to their 16th birthday. We provide rapid assessment and treatment of a wide range of medical conditions. Children and Young people are either discharged or transferred to inpatient ward for ongoing care.

You will find us on the 3rd floor at the front of the main hospital building.

  • Opening Hours and Referral process

    Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 08:30-17:30

    Referrals are made from:

    • Local GPs
    • Emergency Department
    • Community Midwives
    • Health Visitors
    • Internal hospital staff

    You cannot self-refer to this unit.

  • Unit Information

    Nursing team:

    Ward sister
    Deputy Sister
    Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioners (APNP)
    Registered Nurses
    Nursing Assistants
    Student Nurses

    Other staff that you may meet :

    Other health professionals e.g. dietitians
    Ward Clerk
    Play Specialist
    Patient Experience staff

    Medical team:

    Consultant Paediatrician
    Speciality Doctors
    Registrars and Foundation (level2) Doctors
    Medical Students

  • Some conditions that we treat
    • Allergic reactions
    • Exacerbation of asthma
    • Faltering growth
    • Feeding problems
    • Food challenges
    • Gastroenteritis
    • Henoch schonlein purpura
    • Meningitis
    • Nephrotic syndrome
    • Prolonged jaundice screen
    • Pyrexia of unknown origin
    • Rashes
    • Sepsis
    • Treatment for haemangioma
    • UTI
    • Venepuncture Clinic


  • Parents Facilities

    There is a parent’s tea room available for use.

    Parents can avail of the canteen which is located in close proximity to the unit

    Shop available at front of hospital and vending machines located on the 1st Floor.

Nurse smiling with young patient

Contact Details

Children’s Rapid Response Unit

3rd Floor
Main Building
Ulster Hospital
Upper Newtownards Road
BT16 1RH

Call us(028) 9056 1319