A public consultation on the services provided by Cheltenham General Hospital is now underway and it's time that local residents made their voices heard.
Peter Lachecki and Alan Thomas, Chair and Lead Governor of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust respectively, ask:
"The local NHS wants Gloucestershire to be ‘at the leading edge of healthcare’ and has launched a public consultation on how best to provide specialist hospital services across the Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal Hospital sites in the future.
Through the consultation, we want to know what matters most to you, your families and friends in planning how together we can deliver the best healthcare and to continue to develop ‘centres of excellence’.
The consultation is seeking your views for the future organising of the following services:
- Acute Medicine (acute medical take)
- Gastroenterology inpatient services – medical care for stomach, pancreas, bowel or liver problems
- General Surgery – conditions relating to the gut. Services: emergency general surgery, planned Lower Gastrointestinal [GI] / colorectal surgery and day case Upper and Lower GI surgery
- Image Guided Interventional Surgery (IGIS) – where surgeons use instruments with live images to guide the surgery including following a heart attack, trauma and cancer. Services: interventional radiology, interventional cardiology and vascular surgery
- Trauma and Orthopaedic inpatient services (T&O) – diagnosis and treatment of conditions relating to the bones and joints.
How you can get involved with the consultation
Because of the current COVID-19 situation, we are reaching out to people in a number of ways and offering a wider range of consultation activities, including additional on-line and telephone options, to support a socially distanced consultation.
It is important to us that we hear the views of as many people as possible and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to tell us what matters to them on the proposals.
We have launched a new online participation space called Get Involved in Gloucestershire, where you can share your views and find out more information. Your input will help inform and influence the decisions local NHS organisations make.
You don’t have to register to get involved but if you do you will become part of the Get Involved in Gloucestershire community and receive updates and information about new ways you can have your say.
We are also hosting a series of Facebook Live events in partnership with GlosLive. The events explore the proposal and you are able to submit questions to the panel. The events are every Wednesday from 12.30-1.00pm until 9 December 2020.
You can give your feedback on the consultations by requesting a freepost survey, requesting a telephone call or by visiting our online platforms. If you have any questions about the consultation please email: [email protected] or call 0800 0151 548 to leave a message."
It is important we make our views known on our local health service and we do our best to retain full AE services at CGH. The NHS isn't set in stone and must change as medical technology changes but to me, a local medical emergency service, is a priority.