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Paediatrics is a medical specialty that manages medical conditions affecting babies, children and young people. Paediatricians are doctors who look at specific health issues, diseases and disorders related to stages of growth and development.

The Department of Paediatrics: Child and Youth Health, strives to improve the health and well-being of children and young people through teaching, research, clinical leadership and advocacy.

The department is a leader in research on the health of children and young people, and has nationally and internationally-active research groups in infectious diseases, population health, respiratory diseases, growth and nutrition, foetal development, youth health, endocrinology, cot death, and allergy

The department contributes extensively to both undergraduate and postgraduate health professional education.


From the moment you discover you are pregnant, your life is transformed. Our maternity services aim to provide all the support you need during this life-changing period, from ante-natal classes to state-of-the-art birthing facilities.

It's your choice

Whether you choose to give birth to your baby at home, in one of our relaxed, midwifery-led birth units, or in new obstetric delivery suite, as a mother-to-be you can rest assured that you and your baby are in capable hands. 

Our highly skilled team of midwives, obstetricians and paediatricians can help you have the birth you want, and provide medical expertise should you need it.

Want to speak to someone?

We hope these webpages will give you a taste of our maternity services. If you still have any questions, please speak to your community midwife or GP.


Trauma and Orthopaedics

Orthopaedics is the medical speciality concerned with preservation, restoration and development of the musculoskeletal system, extremities, spine and associated structures, using medical, surgical and physical methods.

Orthopaedic Surgeons also look after Trauma patients with an injury who arrive as an emergency through the Casualty department.

Services Provided

The Trauma and Orthopaedic Department offers a full range of services for both adults and children including treating disorders of the body's bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons.

The aim of the department is to provide an efficient, friendly and high quality service for all our patients. We strive to ensure that patients are well informed and reassured about their treatment.

In addition to the numerous Consultant led clinics, specialised nurse and physiotherapy led clinics are also held and the plaster room provides a specialised service to patients requiring plaster casts, braces and splints.

Information leaflets are available for many of the conditions seen in the department and we encourage patients to ask questions in order to understand their treatment fully.

Outpatient Services

The Department provides the following Outpatient Services:

  • Elbow Service
  • Foot & Ankle Service
  • Hand & Wrist Service
  • Hip & Knee Service
  • Hip Service
  • Knee Service
  • Paediatric Foot & Ankle Service
  • Paediatric Hand & Wrist Service
  • Paediatric Hip & Knee Service
  • Paediatric Hip Service
  • Paediatric Shoulder & Elbow Service
  • Routine Hand Service
  • Shoulder & Elbow Service
  • Shoulder Service
  • Soft Tissue Knee Service
  • Spinal Service

Please Note: Not all Services are provided at every Location.

Inpatient and Day Case Services

Inpatient and Day Case Services are based at:

  • Gloucestershire Royal Hospital - Ward 3A, Ward 3B, & Day Surgery Unit
  • Cheltenham General Hospital - Alstone Ward, Dixton Ward & Ryeworth Ward
  • Stroud General Hospital – Princess Anne Ward
  • Tewkesbury Hospital - Severn Ward & Elmbury Suite

Ambulatory Emergency Care (AEC)

Ambulatory Emergency Care (sometimes called AEC) is a service which provides same day emergency care to patients at our hospitals. This means that patients are assessed, diagnosed, treated and are able to go home the sa

me day, without being admitted overnight. We have AEC units at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals.

Why am I going to AEC when I came in to the Emergency Department (ED)?

The ED Staff will have undertaken a review of your presenting complaint at triage to determine whether your condition is suitable to assess, diagnose and treat within the AEC unit. 

This will enable you to go home the same day (with or without follow-up), without being admitted into hospital overnight.

Can someone come with me?

Yes.  If you wish to be accompanied by a relative that is fine.  However, we would ask you to consider other patients within the unit.


Cardiac Rehabilitation

The Cardiac rehabilitation team aims to give patients infomation and support needed to make the best possible recovery following a cardiac event.The infomation contained on this page reflects the latest evidence avaliable to help you make informed choices about your recovery.

Patients will be seen in hospital by a member of the cardiac rehabilitation team to discuss initial recovery,helping prepare for the first few weeks at home.

Cardiac event

The term cardiac event is used to describe the following conditions;

  • Myocardial infarction (Heart attack)
  • Angina
  • Acute Coronary syndrome
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Angioplasty

Having any of this conditions means you have coronary heart disease (CHD). CHD is long term and you will have it for the rest of your life. There are many things that you can do to manage your condition and help yourslf to return to as full and active life as possible.


Palliative Care Team

Self referrals are accepted as well as referrals from health and social care professionals.

On receipt of referral either a clinic appointment is sent to the patient or a letter introducing the team which will then be followed by a telephone call and a home visit arranged as necessary.


Ear, Nose and Throat


 Our ENT and Head & Neck Department cares for patients in Gloucestershire with a range of problems. 

These include both routine conditions and those requiring urgent treatment.  The inpatient unit is located at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital where all operations are carried out.  As well as providing a general ENT service there are specialist services that treat deafness and ear disease, complex sinus problems, head and neck cancer and voice problems.  Many of these conditions are managed by Multidisciplinary Teams (MDT’s) where ENT staff work closely with other health professionals such as pathologists, speech therapists, specialist nurses, audiologists and hearing therapists.


We work closely with our Audiology Department who offer a range of hearing services including assessments for and fitting of behind-the-ear digital hearing aids, treat patients with  tinnitus or those requiring rehabilitation, hearing therapy, adult BAHA fitting, CROS aid fitting, cochlear implant after-fitting support and balance re-habilitation.


We have Outpatient Departments in both Cheltenham General Hospital and Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.  We have two dedicated specialist ENT/Head and Neck operating theatres in Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and our own ward 2b which is located on the second floor of the Tower Block.

We also undertake regular consultant outpatient clinics with audiology support in many of the County’s community hospitals.  These clinics are held in Stroud, Dursley, Cirencester, Tewkesbury, Lydney, Tetbury, Moreton in Marsh and Bourton on the Water.

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