Cheltenham A&E provides emergency and minor injuries services, and is open 24 hours a day.
Specialist children’s services are based at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital A&E.
Should I go to A&E?
A&E is for emergencies only, which include:
- life or limb-threatening injuries
- serious head injuries
- chest pain
- severe abdominal (stomach) pain
- heavy bleeding
- broken limbs and fractures
- breathing difficulties
We try to see, treat, admit or discharge patients visiting A&E within four hours. We see patients according to the seriousness of their condition, so you may notice patients who arrived after you being seen before you.
If you need medical advice or treatment, but you’re not sure where you should go, visit ASAP Glos for guidance.
Where should I take my child in an emergency?
If your child is critically ill or needs to go to hospital, call 999 and they will be taken by an ambulance to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital’s A&E department.
All ambulances will take children to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital at any time of day or night. You can also bring your child to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital A&E at any time.
This is where our specialist paediatricians (children’s doctors) are based, and they can provide your child with the care they need. You should only bring your child to Cheltenham A&E if:
- your child doesn’t need to be admitted to a ward, for example they have a sprained ankle
- your child needs treatment for a minor injury or illness
- you’re bringing your child in before 8pm (there are no specialist children’s facilities at Cheltenham A&E after 8pm)
Our leaflet about children's emergencies gives parents a handy guide to symptoms and where to take your child when they need medical attention.
Where should I go if I’m pregnant and I have an emergency?
If you are unwell while pregnant and need emergency treatment, you may be transferred to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital where you will be cared for by trained obstetricians and midwives.
If you have a general concern about your health during pregnancy and need advice, you should:
- call your midwife
- call our Maternity Advice Line
- contact the delivery suite or birth unit