“Grandad slams hospital closure after A&E wait” – Gloucestershire Echo

grandad slams closure after wait 18 12 2013

The Gloucestershire Echo reported on Thursday 19th December 2013 on the case of Bob Wright, 71, who was affected by the recently introduced changes to Cheltenham General Hospital

Read the article from a PDF file by clicking the following link:

Grandad slams hospital closure after A&E wait

Hospitals in Gloucestershire – performance on four-hour waiting time at A&E target

On 13th December 2013 the BBC reported that ‘The NHS in England has missed its four-hour A&E waiting time for the first time this winter, figures show. In the last week, 94.8% of patients were seen within four hours compared to 95.6% the week before. The target is 95%.
The BBC also provide an interactive system to track the performance of hospital trusts by postcode regarding this target.

Gloucestershire Hospital Trust is just about holding steady, at just below the target overall, while many other hospitals appear to be slipping, so Gloucestershire’s relative position is slightly better.

See the information at the following links:

Cheltenham General Hospital
Gloucester Royal Hospital

Press Release: Proposed withdrawal of emergency surgery at Cheltenham General Hospital?

13/12/2013: Proposed withdrawal of emergency surgery at Cheltenham General Hospital?

“The Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce and REACH are deeply concerned about  the proposal for the possible withdrawal of emergency surgery at Cheltenham General Hospital” commented Michael Ratcliffe, Chair of REACH and Chief Executive of Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce, “This would be more than unfortunate for Cheltenham and would turn Cheltenham General Hospital into a hospital where major surgery is no longer performed.”

“We understand that the Trust is committed to providing two thriving hospitals in Gloucestershire and cannot see how the contents of the leaked report are consistent with this commitment.”

“Clearly we shall be looking for a clear restatement that the Trust is committed to the provision of two major acute hospitals in Gloucestershire.”

“It is important that any constructive dialogue with the Trust and the GCCG (Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group) is based on a relationship of trust which requires openness and transparency, something which appears not to have occurred to date.”


An archive of REACH press releases is available here.

For further information and comment please contact Michael Ratcliffe – Tel. 01242 544549