This is a website for the campaign to Restore Emergency At Cheltenham Hospital (REACH), which is pursuing the following aim:
“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.”
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.
To contact us email: Julia@REACHnow.org.uk or phone 01242 544599.
If you use twitter you can follow @reach_now, if you do not have a twitter account you can still visit twitter.com/reach_now for the latest updates.
If you want to support the campaign, please make a donation via Paypal:
See below for a summary of the information on each page:
What Is REACH? Basic information about the campaign
What has happened at Cheltenham A&E? A short article on the changes that have been made recently to Accident and Emergency services at Cheltenham General Hospital.
Wider Context: A brief survey of the wider picture regarding services related to A&E in Gloucestershire, and pressures in the NHS that appear to be behind the local changes.
What can you do to help? A list of suggested actions you can take, including contact details for local MPs.
Press Coverage: A collection of links to coverage of the REACH campaign in the media.
Our Supporters: A list of significant individuals and groups who have signed up to support the REACH campaign
Media Enquiries/Press Releases: Contact details for members of the press and a collection of all press releases issued
Links: A selection of suggested sources of further information.