Surgical Assessment Unit
About Us

​​The Surgical Assessment Unit (SAU) is based at Ward 4B, Whiston Hospital, and is a 32 bedded Surgical/GP Assessment and Elective Surgery Ward.

Patients are referred to the Surgical Assessment Ward from the following areas the Accident and Emergency Department (AED), GPs, Walk-in Centres to undergo further assessment.

On arrival to the SAU, patients will be reviewed by a doctor and following further assessment a plan of care will be commenced.

The GP service on Ward 4B is co-ordinated by a senior nurse and a surgical doctor.  All patients referred to the unit are given strict appointment times.  

During your appointment you will be assessed and a treatment plan made. At this stage in your journey it does not necessarily mean you will be admitted into hospital.

Ward 4B is extremely busy due to a high volume of patients.  To ensure the health and safety of patients staff and visitors can we please ask you to keep the number of people accompanying you to a minimum

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Senior Team Members

Ward Manager  

Sheila Thompson


Karen Barker

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​Whiston Hospital, Level 4

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Contact Us

​Reception 0151-430-1637​

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Other Information

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Patients are eligible for free NHS treatment at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching hospitals NHS Trust if they are: Ordinarily resident in the UK or: Overseas visitors, but entitled to free NHS services under the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations

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