A call has been made to safeguard the future of Cirencester Hospital.
Cllr Paul Hodgkinson – Prospective MP for the Cotswolds – made the call following a statement issued by the Clinical Commissioning Group in Gloucestershire which launched a review into whether the hospital could be used more.
Mary Hutton, Accountable Officer at the county’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“A Cirencester Hospital project group, with representatives from the Clinical Commissioning Group, Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and the South Cotswolds GP Executive Group, has been set up.
“The review aims to fully understand the health needs of people living in the South Cotswolds and how more patients could, where appropriate, be treated at Cirencester Hospital rather than at the main hospitals in Cheltenham, Gloucester and Swindon. The review will take some months to complete.
Cllr Hodgkinson is looking for a positive outcome to the review: “Following on from the disappointment over the reduction in A&E services in Cheltenham, people will be wary of the word ‘review’. However, if this latest move leads to people in the Cotswolds being able to make more use of Cirencester Hospital this has to be a good thing.
“Cirencester Hospital is a gem – it provides a really good service for minor injuries and illnesses. Given the journey times to Cheltenham or Gloucester for residents, an expanded service in Cirencester would make sense.
“I want the Hospital to have a secure future as people value it. It could also take some pressure off Cheltenham.”