Martin Horwood's A & E campaign


Over a three thousand people have signed Martin Horwood’s petition urging the local NHS to rethink their decision to close Cheltenham’s Accident and Emergency Department to ambulance admissions at night.

 

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Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - who run Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal in Gloucester - have said they want to downgrade our A&E because they can't recruit enough emergency doctors to staff two A&Es round the clock.  There is a national shortage of emergency doctors and long hours and training requirements are making recruitment difficult.

There is no proposal to shut A&E - yet - and 'blue light' admissions will continue during the day, while people will still be able to go to A&E themselves or be referred by their GP at any time.   But Martin says there are a couple of questions the Trust need to answer:

  • Have they really tried as hard as they can to fill those posts?
  • Why are the changes permanent? If safety concerns mean some ambulances have to be diverted on a temporary basis, that is very different to a permanent downgrade.
  • What is the long-term plan for Cheltenham?  A series of other services have been centralised in Gloucester.  If more downgrades to A&E follow, will we be left with a minor injuries unit serving town of 120,000 people and a significantly worse service than in Gloucester?

We will keep you informed of Martin’s campaign to protect Cheltenham’s A&E service.

 

 


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