Gloucester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust General Information

Gloucester and Cheltenham jointly provide training in Paediatrics. Gloucestershire Royal Hospital is a large District General Hospital situated close to the centre of Gloucester. The Trust serves a population of approximately 620 000.

Children’s Centre at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

The purpose built Children’s Centre opened in 2004.  It has 44 beds in total including a 4 bedded high dependency unit with facilities for CPAP, a 6 bedded PAU, a dedicated oncology unit with 4 large isolation cubicles (for intensification treatments and management of neutropenic patients etc), and a designated area for teenagers. Both medical and paediatric surgical admissions are admitted to the ward. The Paediatric Day Case Unit is set up for surgical day cases, plus medical procedure lists twice per week.

There is a very busy Community Children’s Service with good professional links between the acute and community paediatricians and the child and adolescent psychiatry team.

Maternity and Obstetric services are provided in Gloucester.  There are midwife led delivery units at Stroud and Cheltenham. There are approximately 6,500 deliveries per year in the county.  The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Gloucestershire Royal Hospital was purpose built and its modern facilities provide 12 intensive care/high dependency cots, a further 18 cots for special care babies and 4 transitional care cots on the post-natal ward.  We offer a high level of consultant support with regular teaching and simulation sessions.  We are an active member of the South West Neonatal Network.  

Postgraduate Education

There is an active postgraduate medical centre with a well-stocked medical library; on-line literature search facilities are available within the department. There is a busy paediatric postgraduate teaching programme with regular meetings involving the whole department. There is an active audit programme.Weekly teaching time is provided for Specialty Trainees ; this is in addition to the regional ST4-5 training days organised by the  training programme. The ST4-8 trainees participate in the ST1-3 teaching sessions held every morning. Hospital and departmental induction programmes run effectively.