Alistair Cameron has asked Healthwatch Gloucestershire to look into plans to withdraw Tewkesbury out-of-hours GP service

March 25, 2015 4:51 PM

NHS

Alistair Cameron, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Tewkesbury has asked Healthwatch at a meeting in the Watson Hall, Tewkesbury on Wednesday 24th March to take up the concerns of local patients about the withdrawal of the out -of-hours GP service at Tewkesbury Hospital.

The change is due to be introduced on 1 April when the service will transfer from Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust to the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT)

Alistair said:

"Patients in Tewkesbury who want to see a GP outside normal hours are being told they will have to go to the Primary Care Centres at Cheltenham or Gloucester. However, this is not acceptable or reasonable. You cannot expect someone who is ill to travel that distance, particularly if they do not have access to a car.

"Patients believe that the Tewkesbury Hospital out-of-hours service has not been adequately signposted for Tewkesbury residents by the 111 service. As a consequence, many patients have not been aware of it. If they were made aware then there would be a lot more patients using the Tewkesbury service."