Emergency Departments (A&Es) deal with serious injuries or life threatening emergencies, for example:

  • Severe breathing difficulties
  • Unconsciousness
  • Severe chest pain or stroke
  • Heavy loss of blood
  • Serious head injury/fractures.

In Gloucestershire, the two A&E departments at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospital are run by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Find out more here.

You can use the NHS website to find other hospitals in your area. You do not have to live in the area to visit an A&E department so if it is more convenient, you can access one in a surrounding county.

Temporary changes due to COVID-19

To support the Covid-19 response some temporary changes have been made to A&E services in the county.

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester (GRH) continues to provide a 24 hour A&E service, including 999 ambulances and emergency GP referrals.

The Children’s Centre and specialist staff who provide emergency care for children are based at GRH. If your child needs emergency care, call 999.

The Emergency (A&E) Department at Cheltenham General Hospital (CGH) has become a Minor Injury and Illness Unit (open 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week). This is a temporary change.

News about these changes can be found here. The latest service information about A&E and MIIU services at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals is available here.