Patients deserve quick and convenient assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Our clinical assessment and treatment services (CATS) deliver this in a single service.
Care UK is the UK’s leader in CATS, with four services around the UK that take a modern approach to healthcare. Patients have fast access to services based in their local community, and because their assessment, any diagnostic scans that they need, and their treatment can often take place in a single appointment, their treatment easily fits in to their busy lifestyle. The result is that patients have a much better experience, pressure is eased on busy hospital outpatients, the NHS receives better value for money and waiting times are reduced.
Each CATS is designed around local needs. In Greater Manchester, for example, we needed to deliver extra capacity across the city in a number of specialties while bringing care closer to people’s homes. So our Greater Manchester CATS (GM CATS) consists of two mobile clinics that rotate between seven sites around the city and provide fast access care in multiple specialties.
Our four CATS facilities are:
- East and West Lincolnshire Musculoskeletal Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service Service (E&W Lincs MSK CATS) provides lifestyle advice and management, soft tissue and joint injections, initial physiotherapy treatment (and referrals for ongoing treatment) and diagnostics (MRI scans, ultrasounds and X-ray)
- NHS Buckinghamshire Musculoskeletal Integrated Care Service (MusIC): specialises in physiotherapy, women’s health advice, acupuncture, multi-disciplinary management of MSK pain and diagnostics (MRI scans, ultrasounds and X-ray)
- Ophthalmology CATS, Rochdale provides a glaucoma service, pre-operative assessments prior to cataract surgery and minor eye surgery
- North West Macular Service (Greater Preston and Chorley and South Ribble) specialises in the treatment of suspected Wet AMD (age-related macular degeneration)