For parents

When your child is admitted to hospital

Our Paediatric Assessment Unit is where children and young people, who come to A&E or are referred direct from GP require assessment, treatment and/or observation, will be cared for. 

Over the last three years, children’s emergency admissions in Gloucestershire have risen by 15%. At the same time, the overall length of time that children spend in hospital has fallen, with many children staying under 24 hours.

When your child is admitted to hospital you are likely to see and speak to a range of specialists involved in their care. This multidisciplinary team may include a surgeon and a therapist, depending on your child’s needs. Your child will have a care plan specific to their needs with aims for their time in hospital. One of the team will speak to you about the amount of time we expect your child to stay in hospital and you will see the medical team twice a day who will help plan for your child’s discharge.

Each day, your child will have an allocated nurse for each shift who will introduce themselves to you. This nurse will also look after other children on the ward. If you have any questions or concerns, please do speak to this nurse or any other nurse on the ward.

We take safety very seriously in the Children’s Centre. Our wards are locked and cannot be accessed without authorisation from staff at the nursing station. Please help us keep our wards secure by not letting in anyone behind you.

If you are not happy with the levels of care provided, or have any questions or comments, please let us know immediately.