Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust General Information

The Royal United Hospital in Bath is a busy district general hospital. The area serves a population of approximately 500,000 and has 5,500 births a year. A new Children’s Centre was opened in December 2000 comprising a new purpose built outpatient department, preschool assessment centre, and a 38 bed Paediatric ward, which takes all medical and surgical inpatient admissions into age banded areas. There is an Acute Assessment Unit on the ward. The neonatal intensive care unit has 21 cots - 4 of these are designated for intensive care and 3 for high dependency. A brand new NICU has recently opened. All neonatal intensive care is provided for babies > 26 weeks apart from specialist surgical or cardiology support, which is provided in Bristol. General paediatrics is busy and varied and there is a large community paediatric department. All the consultants have an interest in research and a local research fund, the Bath Unit for Research in Paediatrics, has supported many projects. Visiting consultants from Bristol support subspecialty clinics in neurology, nephrology, oncology, CF, endocrinology, immunology and cardiology.

Postgraduate Education

The postgraduate centre is based at the Royal United Hospital and has a well-stocked library. There are twice weekly tutorials for the ST1-3 in “bleep free time". There is a weekly ST4-8 training afternoon. There are monthly X-ray, perinatal mortality, risk management and audit meetings and twice a year joint meetings are held with the Department of Paediatrics of the North Bristol Trust. There is a monthly Grand round often presented by invited external speakers. There is an induction programme for all staff. The Paediatric department in Bath is committed to Regional Specialty training programme and already has a lively well-established postgraduate training programme focused on a weekly Tuesday afternoon seminar.


There is limited single and no married accommodation on site. However, the residences department will assist with local letting agencies for private accommodation.