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Puzzle Wood - E518

About Us

Puzzle Wood is our clinical investigations unit, located on level 5 of the children's hospital. We receive elective day case admissions, not usually requiring a general anaesthetic and we care for all specialities within the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. You might visit us to have a specialist test performed, a diagnostic review, or a post diagnosis follow-up. We see families from across the south west. We have 4 beds and 2 research beds with several treatment rooms in the main ward area.


Philosophy of the Ward

We are a calm, family-centred environment and we our aim is for patients to avoid attending busy and acute inpatient wards. Hopefully reducing the anxiety of admission and the disruption that a hospital stay can cause. Everyone visiting the CIU will be treated with a warm, friendly and considerate manner.

Parent and Patient Facilities

If you are attending for a day case there are tea, coffee and cold drinks that can be accessed by staff for you. Children have an option to have lunch which includes; sandwiches, fruit juice, crisps, fruit and a sweet treat. If your child has any allergies, we do suggest you bring with you some provisions. Parents are welcome to bring their own lunch or there are plenty of shops and cafes within the children's hospital, BRI and surrounding area.

Play Facilities

We have a play team who will encourage play throughout your visit. This can be whilst awaiting the various teams to attend or if you are waiting for your treatment to finish. You are welcome to bring in any of your favourite DVDs, games or toys. We will do our best to provide beside activities for you like painting, crafts and stickers. You can also borrow one of our DVD players, Nintendo DS, or play on our games consoles. WiFi is available but you will need to be registered.

A Day in the Life

Hi, I'm Isobel and I attend the Clinical Investigations Unit once a month. I've been coming to the hospital for the last year. I come for treatment but this doesn't necessarily apply to all patients.

When I arrive I have my height and weight measured and the staff will take some observations like blood pressure and heart rate. I then start my treatment which involves having a drip of medication for an hour. After my treatment is finished I have to wait for a little longer to make sure I'm okay to go home. The whole visit lasts either a morning or afternoon.

There are play specialists on the ward. They'll come round and say hello and ask if there is anything I'd like to do. As I'm a bit older I might do some homework that I've brought from school but sometimes I enjoy doing a bit of art work while I'm having my treatment.

I come with my Mum who sits with me at my bed. We are always offered some food and drink by the staff.

Just before I go home I have some more observations. My visits are quite routine and the staff to everything they can do make sure I don't stay any longer than I need to.


Puzzle Wood Reception Desk: 0117 342 7049

Useful Links

We think you might find these helpful, they cover a lot of the specialities we treat - British society of Paediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes  - British Society Paediatric Gastroenterology - Children with Crohns and Colitis - The Genetics Society - British Society for Immunology - The Institute of Neurology - The Renal Association - Association for respiratory Technology & Physiology - British Journal of Urology International - British Society for Rheumatology