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Gloucestershire Care Services provides a wide range of high quality community health services for the community of Gloucestershire.

To find out about these services please choose from the links below.

Dilke Memorial Hospital

Dilke Memorial Hospital is located on the outskirts of the town of Cinderford.  Services include: inpatient medical care supported by local GP’s; nurse-led Minor Injury Unit; outpatient clinics; children’s therapy; cccupational therapy, physiotherapy and x-ray/Ultrasound.

Patients and visitors at the Dilke enjoy free parking (including dedicated bays for disabled drivers) and local access to outpatient appointments and other services.

The hospital is led by the Matron, Mandy Hampton, who is responsible for both Lydney and District Hospital  and Dilke Memorial Hospital

Minor Injuries Unit

The Minor Injuries Unit at the Dilke Memorial Hospital is open from 8am to 11pm and has access to x-ray services during the day time Monday to Friday.

The unit is managed by Julie Symmonds and staffed by specialist nurses known as Emergency Nurse Practioners (ENPs) with supported from medical staff and GPs as required.

Click here for more information on Minor Injury Units and how they can help

If you need a doctor urgently outside these hours, please telephone our Out of Hours GP service on 0300 421 0220 or click here for information on this service.


Our department offers a friendly and experienced nursing and administration team who run and support clinics each day for the local population. Depending on how many patients need to attend a clinic, these may be run weekly or once or twice a month.

The Choose and Book system is operational at the Dilke Memorial Hospital for easy access to all clinics.

We also offer a blood transfusion service for patients attending as day cases and booked via local GPs. Chemotherapy is available via the countywide bus, which attends Dilke every Tuesday. Attendance is booked via the Oncology team in Cheltenham.

Diagnostic facilities

The x-ray department is staffed by dedicated radiographers.

The x-ray department is open for appointments 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Thursday, 9.00am – 16.00pm .The department is closed between 12.30pm – 1.30pm daily.  The department also supports the wards, Minor Injuries Unit and Outpatients as required.

All attendees must book an appointment prior to arrival. Please telephone 0300 421 8696

Ultrasound is also available, all bookings are made via Gloucester Royal Hospital tel: 0300 422 6536


Our inpatient wards are managed by Ward Manager Michele Slater.

We aim to make your stay with us as comfortable as possible. If you have any questions or concerns during your stay in hospital please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff.

Ward telephone number: 0300 421 8656

Meal times
The catering department provides choices for patients with specific dietary, religious and ethnic needs. If you have special dietary requirements please let the nursing staff know when you are admitted.

We have “protected” mealtimes, and operate a strictly no visiting policy during these times.  

Meal times are:
Breakfast 8.00am
Lunch Noon
Supper 5.00pm

Drinks and biscuits are brought round morning and afternoon and hot drinks and snacks are provided in the evening, after supper.  

Water is available at all times and will be brought to you.  

Facilities for patients and visitors

  • Television in all bays and rooms
  • Drinks machines coin operated drink machine (available 24 hours a day)
  • Outside seating areas

Visiting times for inpatients

3.00 - 5.00pm
6.00 - 8.00pm

If you need to visit at a different time, please speak to the Ward Manager/Nurse in Charge prior to your visit and they will try and arrange this with you.

Inpatients - other information

Patients who are rehabilitating will be encouraged to get dressed so we would advise you to bring clothes that can be put on easily e.g. pull-on track suit bottoms and skirts with elasticated waistbands.

Space for storing personal property is limited, so it would be helpful if this could be kept to a minimum. We are unable to wash patients clothing and will leave this for relatives to take home. Anything that is soiled will be clearly labelled.

We know that family and friends may want to bring in treats for patients.  We don’t have space to store patients’ own food in our refrigerator, so please speak to a member of staff before bringing items which need chilling into the hospital.

Religious and spiritual needs

Chaplains visit the hospital regularly, but will also attend on request.

If you have another faith, please just ask the Nurse who will arrange a visit for you from a leader of our own faith.

If you have any other religious or spiritual needs, please make your nurse aware of them. We also encourage you to inform your own religious or spiritual leader that you are coming into hospital.

Therapists at the hospital

There are Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy teams based at the Hospital working with inpatients and outpatients.


If you are interested in becoming a hospital volunteer please contact: Matron’s office on Tel: 0300 421 8651 or read more about how to volunteer with us

League of Friends

The League of Friends for Dilke Memorial Hospital support the hospital by fundraising and supporting new projects. For further information, please see their website


Contact Details

Dilke Memorial Hospital, Cinderford, Gloucestershire, GL14 3HX
0300 421 8640
Contact details
Matron: Mandy Hampton (Secretary: Shirley Powell)