Emergency care (Paediatric Assessment Unit)

We work closely with the RD&E's Emergency Department (ED) to offer excellent care if your child has to come to hospital in an emergency.

We have a paediatric assessment unit, which means that children and teenagers can be seen in a suitable area by doctors and nurses who specialise in looking after and treating children and young people. Our unit is open from 10am to 10pm.

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On arrival, you and your child will be greeted at the reception desk and your address details checked. Your child will be assessed (triaged) by a nurse.

We treat all patients in the order of their clinical priority, not by time of arrival to the unit. This means that a patient who arrives after you might be seen before you if their condition is more urgent. Arriving by ambulance does not necessarily mean you will be seen sooner than if you had walked in to the department.

Where to find us

Depending on your appointment, you may be seen at one of our main hospital sites, at a community hospital, or in a specific community setting. Some specialties and treatment options are based solely at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford), such as radiotherapy and some types of surgery.


Eastern services

RD&E Wonford, Barrack Rd, Exeter EX2 5DW.


Northern services

North Devon District Hospital, Raleigh Park, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4JB.


Contact us

Eastern Services

Children's Outpatient Department: 01392 403729

Bramble Children's Ward: 01302 402679

Exeter Neonatal Unit: 01392 406623

Allergy: 01392 406633, rde-tr.paediatricallergy@nhs.net


Northern Services

Main switchboard on 01271 322577

Caroline Thorpe Childrens Ward: 01271 322704

North Neonatal Unit: 01271 322610



Supporting you

More support

If you are feeling down, stressed or anxious about anything, there are a number of websites and apps that can provide information, advice, and support.

Devon SEND Local Offer

What is the SEND Local Offer?

Devon’s SEND Local Offer is the education, health and social care services and support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) from birth to 25.

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Patient information leaflets

We produce a wide range of leaflets which provide information about our services and about the treatment you might receive in our clinics or during your stay in hospital. 

We also produce these in different formats including large print, please contact the department you are visiting for more information.

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Useful videos

We have a wide range of videos which provide information about our services and about the treatment you might receive in our clinics or during your stay in hospital. 

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Last updated: November 15, 2022.


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