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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.

Cirencester Hospital can now offer patients quicker diagnosis and treatment after the donation of a portable x-ray machine from the League of Friends. 

The £56,000 state-of-the-art equipment will be used to x-ray extremities, such as hands and feet, during surgical operations. The kit has an extendable, rotatable arm that will help to accurately diagnose and treat patients, particularly those who have experienced trauma. 

The purchase of this specialist equipment, known as a C arm, means that suitable patients can now be offered their operation closer to home, as surgeons from Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal hospitals can carry out procedures in Cirencester. 

Helen Rossiter, Cirencester Treatment Centre Manager, said: “Staff at the centre are delighted, as we can now see more patients and provide a real high quality service.”

Once scanned, x-rays are downloaded as images onto a central system, so clinical teams around the county can access the images instantaneously.

Linda Edwards, Matron at Cirencester Hospital, said: “This technology is innovative and forward thinking, and will really benefit local people in Cirencester. We are very grateful to the League of Friends for this new equipment, and for their continued support.”

The machine will help consultants make decisions during operations, which in many cases means reducing the number of times a patient has to be seen for the same injury. 

Jeremy Field, Consultant Orthopaedic and Hand Surgeon, said. “By having such an adaptable machine, it saves us time because we can get the detail of the x-ray exactly right, and we can see patients closer to home. We are incredibly thankful to the League of Friends for this donation.” 

Shelia Rees, Chair of Cirencester League of Friends, said: “We are so grateful to be able to provide equipment that will make a difference, and are excited about the potential this has for local people in Cirencester.”

24 February 2017 

 

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