General Information

Musgrove Park Hospital is a medium sized district general hospital based in beautiful Somerset serving a paediatric population of around 70,000.  There is a diverse socioeconomic population from urban and rural settings.

The department consists of an acute paediatric unit, community paediatrics and a level 2 neonatal intensive care unit.

Acute admissions are seen on the 9 bedded Acorn Assessment Unit which also acts as a short stay ward.  Oak ward is a 23 bedded area for acute admissions and elective medical (including oncological) and surgical cases.  There is a two bedded Paediatric HDU for patients requiring higher level care.  This is supported by the regional PICU retrieval service (Watch).  There is a separate nurse led area (Woodlands Unit) where patients requiring investigations are managed.  Safeguarding is the responsibility of all and is a significant part of the acute paediatric service.

The level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit cares for newborns from 27 week gestation with 4 intensive care, 4 high dependency and 10 low dependency cots. It is supported by the regional neonatal retrieval team (NEST). The maternity unit provides care for over 3200 deliveries per year.

There are separate general paediatric and neonatal oncall consultant rotas providing service weeks with excellent continuity and support for the patients and staff.

Community Paediatrics is based within the hospital.  Speciality trainees are exposed to a broad spectrum of community child health including safeguarding and child health surveillance.  There are speciality clinics in neurodevelopmental paediatrics, feeding, communication disorders and ADHD.  There is a robust community paediatric nursing team to support complex patients in the home.

There is a specialist paediatric outpatient department with opportunities to develop experience in general paediatrics as well as specialist clinics including cystic fibrosis, allergy, diabetes, endocrinology, oncology, epilepsy and tertiary outreach clinics in neurology, rheumatology, nephrology, cardiology, metabolic, immunology, surgery and urology. 

Postgraduate Education

The hospital has a recently refurbished postgraduate academy which has a well -stocked forward thinking library with excellent IT facilities and access to a wide range of online supportive materials.

The paediatric department has a robust teaching programme mapped to the curriculum and catering for all levels. Regular interdepartmental sessions take place with radiology, obstetrics, ED  and there are opportunities for learning through simulation.  There is a weekly journal club and a focus on improvement through the Paediatric Improvement Group sessions. The department has developed an app (HANDi Taunton) to provide expert support to parents carers and health professionals looking after children with the most common illnesses.

Consultant Staff

Dr Rebecca Mann - Neonatology, renal

Dr Christopher Knight – Neonatology, gastroenterology, Neonatal Lead

Dr Sarah Bridges – Neonatology, Chronic Fatigue, Clinical Lead

Dr Nicola Johnson – Neonatology

Dr Pieter van Hensbergen – Neonatology

Dr AmyWhiting – General Paediatrics, neurology

Dr Nandita Vaidya – General Paediatrics, diabetes and endocrine

Dr Gita Modgil – General Paediatrics, diabetes

Dr Lucy Robin – General Paediatrics, diabetes

Dr Louise Newbury – General Paediatrics, Oncology, Safeguarding lead

Dr Linda Whiteford – General Paediatrics, Oncology, HR Lead

Dr Alex Powell- General Paediatrics, Respiratory – College Tutor

Dr Leighton Phillips – Community lead

Dr Anna Baverstock – Community


ST4-8 – 7 WTE

ST 1-3 – 3 WTE



F2 – 1 WTE