Opposition to A & E downgrade

March 23, 2015 5:19 PM

Alistair Cameron, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesman for Tewkesbury, opposes the downgrade of services at Cheltenham General's Accident & Emergency department. Urgent ambulance admissions between 8pm and 8am are now diverted to Gloucester, although walk-in and GP referrals are still possible at any time.

In 2013 local Liberal Democrats questioned this decision saying there was good clinical evidence that the increased distance could increase risk for those with conditions where every second can count such as appendicitis, acute peritonitis, perforated ulcers and asthma.

This is an important issue for Bishops Cleeve,Winchcombe and the surrounding area as well as Prestbury and Swindon Village in Cheltenham due to the longer Ambulancedistance to travel to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

Alistair Cameron said: "Patients to the north of Cheltenham in Bishops Cleeve, Winchcombe and the surrounding villages, for example, need to be able to get to Cheltenham General Hospital for emergency treatment. They cannot be expected to travel all the way to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. It is therefore vital that the NHS restores urgent ambulance admissions between 8pm and 8am at Cheltenham General."