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

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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:

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  • 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

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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?


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.


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


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.

A portrait of a trainee nurse at Cirencester Hospital in the 1940s has been restored and reframed to its former glory. 

The painting shows Joan Walsh (nee Saxton), originally from Berkley, as a student nurse. Joan trained at the hospital for three years before qualifying as a Senior Registered Nurse in 1949. Artist Frank Cadagon Cowper was recovering at Cirencester after an operation and painted Joan during his stay. He later donated the portrait to the hospital. 

Joan’s son Patrick Walsh, along with his wife Teri, tracked down the portrait at Cirencester after Joan’s death and decided to get the painting restored, with the support of the hospital. Local picture restorer Pippa Jefferies discovered the painting had water damage, was discoloured and dirty, and carried out the necessary repairs. While the frame could not be saved, Mark Fisher from the Gilders Studio in Cheltenham created a new one and managed to keep the original label. 

Patrick unveiled the restored portrait to family, friends and hospital staff. He said “I’m sure my mother would say what a fuss this was about her picture but she would be very pleased that it is still loved by the hospital and its visitors over 70 years after it was painted. Thank you to everyone for supporting this project.” 

Donna Nicholas, Senior Sister at Cirencester Hospital said “This painting is a favourite among many of the staff, myself included, and we are delighted it has been restored. 

It often makes me reflect on how different nursing was when Joan was a trainee, but how nurses have always been supported by patients, visitors and the public.”


26 July 2017