Find out more about our A&Es and the live waiting times on our home page.

Where to find our live A&E waiting times

You can find the Live A&E waiting times on our homepage.

If you're not sure what to do

If you need medical advice or treatment but you're not sure whether you need to go to a pharmacy, GP, Minor Injuries and Illness Unit or A&E? Visit 111 for guidance.

Taking children to A&E

If your child (age 16 or under) is unwell and needs urgent care, our specialist children's services are based at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

Emergency services for children in Gloucestershire

Coming to A&E by ambulance

All ambulances will take your child to A&E at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

Bringing your child to A&E yourself

Please be aware that there are no specialist children's services at the A&E at Cheltenham General Hospital, except between 8am – 8pm when children with minor illness and injury only can be seen.

Alternatives to A&E

Minor injury and illness

There are 7 minor injury and illness units (MIIUs) across the county.

  • Tewkesbury
  • Cirencester
  • Stroud
  • Dursley (the Vale)
  • North Cotswolds
  • Lydney
  • Dilke: Temporarily closed

MIIUs can provide emergency contraception, and they can also treat conditions such as:

  • sprains
  • simple fractures
  • simple wounds
  • minor burns
  • minor head injuries
  • skin and eye problems
  • minor illnesses, like sore throats and earaches

They cannot treat serious injuries and illness, like overdoses, alcohol-related problems and head injuries with loss of consciousness.

You can arrange to visit an MIIU by:

  • calling 0300 421 777 and speaking to the triage clinician
  • making an appointment by calling 111

You can find their addresses and contact details the Gloucestershire Health and Care website.

Mental health crisis

If you or someone you know needs help in a mental health crisis, call the crisis team on 0800 169 0398 and choose:

  • option 1 for Stroud and the Cotswolds
  • option 2 for Gloucester and the Forest of Dean
  • option 3 for Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and North Cotswolds

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.

If you need help but are not in crisis, please contact your GP if in opening hours, or 111. If there is an immediate danger to life, please call 999 or visit the nearest Accident and Emergency Department.

You can find out more information on the Gloucestershire Health and Care website.

What our live waiting times mean

The 'average time to be seen by a doctor or nurse' is based on the average time for patients to be seen in the last hour and reflects the wait to full assessment by a clinician.