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
  • 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_July_2021(1).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


Consultation Fee/Costs

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

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

Total Fees payable by patients capped at €350

Any fees covered by insurers will be invoiced directly to them and are additional to fees paid by patients.   


Please check your insurance policy for your cover.  If you have excess to your policy, this will have to be paid on admission to the unit.  Should you be discharged this will go to your final bill.  Payments can be made electronically - please click on the following link - payonline


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



There is a complimentary parking pass available for the patient while attending the PAU


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Ronan O Sullivan
Consultant in Emergency Medicine
Medical Assessment Unit, Paediatric Assessment Unit (PAU) Emergency Medicine
Bon Secours Hospital Cork

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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