Combined Assessment Team

The Combined Assessment Team provides rapid assessment of medical and surgical patients by consultants. We aim to triage outpatients and to provide early diagnostics and implement treatment plans for patients referred from local GP practices, specialist nurses and the Emergency Department.

The Combined Assessment Team (CAT) aims to provide safe and effective admission avoidance. We liaise with district nurses, social services and other support agencies where necessary.

We aim to assess and treat medical and surgical conditions, including non-acute chest pain and cardiac arrhythmia, heart failure, pulmonary embolism, acute headaches and asthma. We also deal with the new diagnosis of oncology pathology, dermatological problems and newly diagnosed diabetes patients.

We support the Transient Ischaemic Attack (often known as a ‘mini stroke’) Service to ensure timely assessment.

The surgical conditions that we treat include acute abdominal pain, surgical abscesses, perianal abscess, breast abscesses, acute retention of urine, renal stones and urinary problems. We are able to incise and drain some abscesses to avoid hospital admission.

Please note that Trust protocol indicates that certain medical conditions should initially be assessed by the Emergency Department rather than the CAT. These include possible cardiac chest pain, strokes, and deep vein thrombosis.


Our opening hours are 8am – 7pm, Monday to Friday.


We are based on the Main Corridor of the Ground Floor, Harrogate District Hospital.


Referrals are made to the consultant on call Monday to Friday. Referrals can be made from GPs, nurse specialists, community matrons, the Emergency Department, allied health professionals, the Radiology Department and district nurses.

The medical consultant provides telephone advice to any of the above and any other speciality in the Trust.