Paediatric Assessment Unit (PAU)

PAU will accept respiratory and other febrile illness, including suspected COVID.

If a GP feels a clinical assessment and/or laboratory and radiology investigations are required in addition to a COVID test, then a PAU referral is ideal.

In addition, through PAU we have access to a rapid-turnaround (under 2 hours) microbiological panel of 25 viruses/bacteria, including COVID (nasal/throat swab).

All charges (including the aforementioned panel) are incorporated into the PAU charge, capped at €350


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The Paediatric Assessment Unit (PAU) is a unique development in private healthcare in Ireland and is an exciting addition to acute paediatric services in the region  The PAU is a purpose-built facility, contiguous with our existing MAU, and is staffed by senior medical and nursing staff with speciality expertise in the care of children.

The PAU provides patients with:

  • Rapid access to expert Consultant assessment and prompty access to a range of diagnostic testing
  • Admission to hospital arranged where necessary under the care of our on-site Consultants
  • All patients discharged from the PAU will have a discharge letter for the attention of their GP
  • If required, patients will have referrals to other Bon Secours Hospital Cork services arranged


PAU Casemix

Respiratory Illness
Acute Asthma                                                              
URTI incl. pharyngo-tonsillitis, Mumps, EBV, etc      

"Medical" Abdominal Pain 
Mesenteric adenitis

Scrotal Pain e.g. suspected torsion
Foreskin problems e.g. paraphimosis, infection

Skin & soft tissue infections e.g. cellulitis             


Crying/Irritable Baby     

Limping Child (non-traumatic)

Minor head injury/Concussion

Fever and febrile illness                                        
Febrile seizures                                                      
Urinary tract infection                                            

Accidental ingestions

Vomiting & diarrhoea e.g. gastroentertis                                                                                                                                 

Foreign Bodies         

Exclusion Criteria

- Patient with seasonal bronchiolitis (for those under 6 months of age) - please click link Admission Exclusion Criteria; contentFiles/Admissions_Exclusion_Criteria_for_Patients_Referred_to_MAU_PAU_for_Assessment_v4_0_04_12_19.pdf
- Surgical Patients
- Trauma (long bone fractures, minor lacerations/wounds)
- Ambulance referrals
- Eye emergencies
- Certain ENT emergencies e.g. epistaxis, airway foreign bodies
- Child protection/mental health presentations


Click here to view the PAU flyer



The initial consultation fee is €165 - applies whether admitted or not

Diagnostic fees capped at €185 - only applies if not admitted.

Total Fees capped at €350.   

If your child is admitted, you will have access to our full range of Paediatric services - cork-departments/childrens-ward



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Professor Fergal Cummins

Consultant in Emergency Medicine Medical Assessment Unit,Paediatric Assessment Unit (PAU) Emergency Medicine

Bon Secours Cork

P:021 - 4801604/05

Professor Fergal Cummins

Consultant in Emergency Medicine


Following his graduation from UCC in 1995 he qualified as a consultant in Emergency Medicine gaining fellowships with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine, the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons and Physicians in Ireland. In addition, he has gained a European Masters degree from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale (Italy).  

He has worked as a consultant in Emergency Medicine and Retrieval Medicine in Europe, Australasia and the Middle East. He has held academic positions at the University of Sydney, Charles Sturt University, Australia and the University of Limerick.

While on sabbatical in 2013 he worked clinically as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and as the Chief Medical Advisor for the National Ambulance Service in the UAE.

Since his return to University Hospital Limerick, he has been responsible for the design and clinical implementation of the new state of the art Emergency Department. This patient-centred project was the first national capital health project in Ireland to be completed on time and on budget.




Areas of Interest

  • The critically ill patient
  • The Senior patient
  • The complex unwell patient
  • The sports injured patients



Contact Details

  • Professor Fergal Cummins
  • Medical Assessment Unit, Bon Secours Hospital, Cork

Prof. Ronan O Sullivan

Consultant in Emergency Medicine Medical Assessment Unit,Paediatric Assessment Unit (PAU) Emergency Medicine

Bon Secours Cork

P:021 4801604/05

Prof. Ronan O Sullivan

Consultant in Emergency Medicine


Prof O’Sullivan graduated from UCC in 1994 and completed specialist training on the Irish National Emergency Medicine training program in 2004. He thereafter completed fellowship training in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), Melbourne, Australia from 2004-6 and was appointed to a Consultant position at RCH in 2006. In 2007, he returned to Ireland to the position of Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. From 2008-13, he was Professor and Chair of Paediatrics at University College Dublin, and also National Director of Training in Emergency Medicine. He was made a Fellow of the Faculty of Paediatrics of RCPI in 2010. Prof O’Sullivan returned to Cork in 2013 to take up a position as Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Cork University and Mercy University Hospitals. He is a Principal Investigator with the National Children’s Research Centre and has developed the country’s first research unit in Emergency Medicine. He is also a member of the executive management team in the School of Medicine at UCC.

Prof O’Sullivan joined BSHC in 2014 to develop our acute services and pathways, commencing with the opening of our the Medical Assessment Unit for adult medical patients.  

Contact Details

  • Prof. Ronan O Sullivan
  • Medical Assessment Unit, Bon Secours Hospital, Cork


Access to the unit is by way of GP Referral only. 

Please click here to view procedure for admissions/acute admissions

To arrange a referral to the PAU please tel:  021 4801604/05




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