Children's Services

Children's Services

About us

We aim to provide the highest standard of care possible for children and young people across Gloucestershire, offering specialist day surgery, inpatient and outpatient facilities as well as emergency services.

Every year we carry out around 2,300 operations for children and young people. We treat more than 8,000 children as inpatients and we see more than 23,000 children and young people in outpatient clinics. 

We also care for more than 600 babies each year and have a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit based at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital which cares for premature babies.

Our inpatients are cared for at the Children’s Centre at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and we hold outpatient clinics at both Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals, community and special school sites. 

Our philosophy of care

  • we aim to develop a partnership of care, with parents and children making informed choices and playing an active role in their care
  • we aim to create a happy, safe, friendly environment, offering activities for all ages and abilities to help reduce the fears associated with a hospital setting
  • each child and family are seen as individuals, with their own experiences and expectations. These shall be met with respect and flexibility in accordance with current guidelines
  • continuous training ensures staff are appropriately qualified and motivated to deliver up-to-date care and professionalism
  • we aim to make the stay in hospital as enjoyable as possible, maintain and improve quality of life, promote independence and aid the transition to home again.

Useful telephone numbers

Childrens outpatients: 0300 422 8211

Paediatric Assessment Unit (PAU): 0300 422 8305

Paediatric Day Unit (PDU): 0300 422 8452

Children’s inpatients: 0300 422 8310 or 0330 422 8308


More information

Read more about our services in our Patient Information Leaflets (click on the 'Paediatrics' heading in the table)

We have a  dedicated children's services mini-site aimed at providing children, teenagers and their parents or carers with all the information they need about being a patient in our hospitals. Visit the children's mini-site