Countdown to New Children's Day Surgery Unit begins

Children’s services at our Trust are gearing up for the opening of the new Paediatric Day Unit (PDU) in February 2014.


The purpose built unit will be situated in the Children’s Centre at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (GRH). The unit will provide care for children who need a test or procedure that doesn’t involve an overnight stay in hospital, but which cannot be carried out during an outpatient appointment.

children's days surgery unit under construction

Dr Miles Wagstaff, Consultant Paediatrician said:

“This fantastic new unit will deliver consistent quality of care for all children and their families wherever they live in the county in new, purpose built facilities.”


Benefits that the new unit will deliver include:

  • the creation of a child and family friendly environment, totally separate from adult facilities and staffed only by specialist children’s doctors, nurses and play specialists
  • a concentration of children’s surgery a smaller pool of surgeons and anaesthetists, resulting in greater specialist paediatric expertise.
  • reducing the need for children to be transferred between hospitals after their operation if they need specialist follow up care and an overnight stay


The majority of services for children in the county are already based at GRH at the Children’s Centre, including emergency and overnight inpatient care. However, our comprehensive outpatient services at both Battledown Outpatients at Cheltenham General Hospital (CGH) and at GRH will stay the same as they are today.


The kinds of procedures patients will receive at the new unit include day surgery and procedures such as tests and infusions (delivering drugs by drip) and tests under sedation. Ophthalmology surgery for children will remain with specialists at CGH. 

The proposals for the new unit formed part of the consultation 'Your NHS – Right Care, Right Time, Right Place 2013 - Maintaining high quality, specialist services'.