Night time changes to emergency care at Cheltenham

29.07.13

 

The night time changes to the Emergency Department (ED) at Cheltenham (taking place tonight) were devised by our clinical staff to provide more robust senior cover and a better and safer service for patients.

We will naturally be carefully monitoring every aspect of the change as it happens over the next few days and weeks.

For the vast majority of people who attend our ED as ‘walk-in’ patients, nothing will change – and they should continue to access the Cheltenham ED as they usually would. They will continue to be assessed (as they are now) by our experienced team of Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENPs).

It is only patients with the most serious conditions, and who will be arriving by ambulance, who will be taken by colleagues in the ambulance service to Gloucestershire Royal for care and treatment.

Emergency Medicine Consultant Dr Tom Llewellyn said:

"Our priority is to ensure that the sickest patients are seen by very skilled specialist staff when they need to be. The proposals for change to night time services at Cheltenham were developed for service quality and safety related reasons, but the vast majority of patients will continue to access services in the way they do now."