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Stroud Against the Cuts supports Cheltenham A&E campaign

Friday, 29 November 2013 10:52
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In July 2013 the acute Hospital Trust in Gloucestershire downgraded A&E services at Cheltenham General Hospital (CGH) between 8pm and 8am. During this period the A&E Department will be staffed by Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENPs), rather than specialist A&E Consultants and Doctors. This means some patients are now referred to Gloucester or Frenchay in Bristol instead of Cheltenham.

The Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce has instigated a campaign, called REACH (Restore Emergency At Cheltenham Hospital), which is working with local businesses, local residents and other campaign groups such as 38 Degrees and Stroud Against the Cuts to achieve the following objective:  

 

 

"To have a fully functioning, fully staffed A&E Department operating 24/7 re-instated at Cheltenham General Hospital, which serves a population of at least 200,000 in Cheltenham, Tewkesbury Borough and the North Cotswolds, at the earliest possible opportunity.”

  

REACH add that "The focus of the REACH campaign is, as the title suggests, to secure the re-establishment of a full 24/7 Accident and Emergency department at Cheltenham hospital to serve the people of that town and the surrounding districts of Gloucestershire. The campaign is also keeping a watching brief on the related A&E services: the 111 phone line; ambulance provision; and the out of GP hours service. All of these appear to be under pressure and all impact on the quality of response to patients at times of acute needs."

Stroud Against the Cuts supports the objective and work of the REACH campaign. For more information see: www.reachnow.org.uk/

Last Updated on Friday, 29 November 2013 11:03