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Help in a crisis

 

If there is an immediate danger to life, please dial 999 or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.

I am in Gloucestershire

If you or someone you know needs help in a mental health crisis, call our crisis teams.

Call 0800 169 0398.

And choose one of the following options depending on your location:

  • Option 1 for Stroud and Cotswolds
  • Option 2 for Gloucester and Forest
  • Option 3 for Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and North Cotswolds

Please note: telephone calls may be recorded. If you do not want that to happen, please tell the person who answers your call and they will phone you back on a ‘non-recordable’ telephone.

The number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Occasionally, callers may be asked to leave their name and number on an answerphone. In these circumstances, staff will return the call within one hour.

I am in Herefordshire

If you are in Herefordshire and need support, please call us using one of the following numbers:

  • Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm, please contact the team or service who currently provide your care.
  • Monday to Friday, 5pm – 9am and 24 hours on weekends and bank holidays, please call our Mental Health Matters Helpline on: 0800 015 7271

These contact numbers are for people already in contact with our services. If you are not currently in contact with us, please call 111 or your GP.

Our out of hours, weekend and bank holiday service is provided by Mental Health Matters.

If you need help but are not in crisis, please contact your GP if in opening hours, or 111. If you don’t have a GP use the NHS service search to locate the nearest one to you. If your query is not urgent, you can find our contact details here.

Are you feeling vulnerable? Do you need to talk to somebody now?

samaritans

Call free on 116 123
If you are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide, you can call the Samaritans.

Stay Alive App

A pocket suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide. The app can be accessed through the Apple Store, Google Play and downloaded as a pdf.

childline

Call free on 0800 11 11
If you are a child or a young person you may want to speak to Childline.

selfharm

Call 0808 816 0606
Or text 07537 410 022
A safe, supportive, non-judgmental and informative service for people who self harm, their friends, families and carers.
Opem every day 5pm – 10pm for phone and text support.

Although MIU services will continue to run at the Vale seven days a week, opening times have been temporarily changed to 10.00am to 6.00pm until July 2014. 

As Susan Field, Director of Service Transformation, at the Trust explained, the national challenge to recruit nurses is also seen at a local level in Gloucestershire, and services are having to  adapt: “This change in opening hours is in response to a shortage of Emergency Nurse Practitioners to manage the MIU services at Stroud and the Vale Hospitals. This will enable our team to continue to operate a clinically-safe service for local people, and reflect the times where there is the highest demand for MIU services at the Vale, as well as enabling us to keep the MIU service at Stroud General Hospital running 24 hours a day.”

“As a responsible employer, we also recognise the importance of looking after the health and well-being of our staff.  We will be staying open 7 days a week and these revised opening times will ensure that our dedicated team of emergency nurse practitioners is able to manage a safe and high quality MIU service for local people in Stroud, Dursley and surrounding areas.”

From 1 April 2014:

  •  MIU at Vale Community Hospital – open 10.00am – 6.00pm
  •  MIU at Stroud General Hospital – will continue to be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

During the next few months, the Trust will be running a sustained recruitment campaign to employ more specialist nurses, as well as continuing to train and develop our current nursing teams to further their skills and qualifications.  The Trust anticipates being able to return to normal opening hours (8.00am – 8.00pm) at Vale Community Hospital in July 2014.

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