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Hospital is for emergency only at New Year warning

By Stroud Life  |  Posted: December 30, 2013

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ACCIDENT and emergency teams at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital are preparing themselves for their usual busy New Year.

The Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust treated only about 250 and 280 patients altogether on Christmas Day and Boxing Day respectively at its Gloucester and Cheltenham emergency departments.

But Hilary Lucas, general manager for unscheduled care, said: “We anticipate that both departments will be significantly busier in the build up to New Year as people return from holidays and the festive celebrations continue.

“As always we would like to remind people that we are here for emergencies only,” she said. “Don’t forget to stock up on medicines and prescriptions ahead of the Bank Holiday and contact either your GP surgery, NHS 111 or visit www.choosewellglos.nhs.uk if you feel unwell.”

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  • supernova1  |  December 31 2013, 11:59AM

    Unfortunately, Liebour rewrote the GP's contracts, allowing them to work 9-5, Mon-Fri. So if you have a child with a bad cough, and there is no answer from the GP's number, what is a parent to do? It amazes me that parents are slagged off if they don't care for their children, and slagged off if they do. As well, I can't understand why there isn't a GP practice at EVERY hospital! Surely that would make sense, to have all facilities in one area. Then there could be a spread of staff to cover both, ie, receptionists, nurses, etc. Plus a 24 hour pharmacy, so that you don't have to drive to the other side of town, if indeed you have a car. A city the size of Gloucester should have all of these within the same building.

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