AMBULANCES will no longer take patients to A&E at Cheltenham General Hospital overnight as of this evening.
Controversial plans to downgrade the emergency unit at the hospital in College Road come into effect today.
All ambulances will now go straight to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital between the hours of 8pm and 8am.
However, Cheltenham will still be open overnight to help the walking wounded.
The shake-up comes after months of consultation and opposition from campaigners and politicians alike.
Both hospitals are dealing with a national shortage of emergency medicine doctors.
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the General and the Royal, has constantly reiterated it has no plans to close the town’s A&E entirely.
It has said its priority is to “ensure that the sickest patients are seen by very skilled staff when they need to be”.