Dr David Shortland



GMC number: 2486226

Practising since: 1979



Consultation times

  • Face to Face Appointments: Tuesdays
  • Telephone Appointments: weekday evenings and weekends
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Dr David Shortland has been a Consultant Paediatrician for over 30 years, working during that time locally at both Nuffield Health Bournemouth and Poole Hospital NHS Trust and has a wealth of experience in all aspects of paediatrics and child health.  During his time as a Consultant he has held a number of senior roles in national organisations that are responsible for setting the standards and delivering high quality healthcare for children in the United Kingdom.  Dr Shortland has a Doctoral Thesis in medicine and has been elected as a Fellow to both the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.  

Special interests

Dr Shortland covers all areas of paediatric practice including:

  • reflux
  • reflux disease
  • gastro-oesophageal reflux
  • abdominal pain
  • stomach pain
  • constipation
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • allergies
  • food allergies
  • intolerances
  • feeding problems
  • urinary tract disorders
  • bladder problems
  • bladder disorders
  • bladder pain
  • breathing problems
  • respiratory problems
  • paediatric neurology
  • headaches
  • migraines
  • paediatric cardiology. 

He can also organise onward referrals if required for other specialist opinions, for example, for psychology or dietician support.

Personal interests

  • Guitar
  • Cosmology
  • Quantum Physics

Treatments and tests offered by Dr David Shortland at Nuffield Health

  • Blood test
  • MRI scan
  • X-ray
  • Paediatric medicine
  • Ultrasound

Locations Dr David Shortland works with

Related experience


  • MD Thesis on Cerchral Blood Flow
  • Developing standards and policies for paediatric services in the UK
  • He has 30 publications in peer reviewed journals on a wide range of paediatric and neonatal issues
  • He has an MD thesis in neonatal physiology


  • Neonatal Society
  • British Medical Association
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Paediatric Society

Other posts held

  • Consultant Paediatrician, Poole Hospital


Dr David Shortland does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Dr David Shortland does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Dr David Shortland does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.