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.
Tewkesbury Community Hospital
Tewkesbury Community Hospital is a new £10 million purpose-built hospital (opened October 2013) in the centre of Tewkesbury. The new hospital has 20 inpatient beds (single bedroom, with ensuite facilities), x-ray, a minor injuries unit, facilities for outpatients clinic, theatre with recovery suite for day case and minor surgical procedures, and an assessment and rehabilitation unit.
Parking is at the rear of the hospital, accessed via Oldfields Road, where there is free parking for patients and visitors (including dedicated bays for disabled drivers).
The hospital is led by the Matron, Julie Ellery who is based at the hospital.
Minor Injuries UnitThe Minor Injuries Unit at Tewkesbury Hospital is open twelve hours a day from 8am until 8pm, and is supported by x-ray services in the week. The unit is staffed by specialist nurses known as Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENPs) with support from GPs as required.
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.
OutpatientsOur 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.
If appropriate for your needs, Tewkesbury Community Hospital is available for you to choose through the Choose and Book system.
We also arrange blood transfusions at the hospital, reducing the need to travel for local patients needing this service.
Diagnostic facilitiesThe x-ray department is open Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 4.30pm (appointment required). The department also supports the wards, Minor Injuries unit and Outpatients as required.
Appointments are required for all x-rays requested by GPs. To make or change an x-ray appointment please phone 0300 421 6106.
Day Theatre services
The dedicated day surgery unit provides local access to surgery carried out by consultants from the large Hospitals at Gloucester or Cheltenham. Services offered include:
• Ophthalmic (eye surgery, cataracts)
• Trauma and orthopaedics
• General surgery
• Family Planning (run by Marie Stopes)
Meal timesThe 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. We encourage patients who are rehabilitating to eat with others at mealtimes and we light, sunny dayroom for this purpose.
Meal times are:
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 visitorsThere is a lounge with a television for use by patients and visitors. Newspapers are available on the ward every morning at breakfast time.
A hairdresser is on-site every Thursday afternoon. Please ask a member of staff if you would like to use this service.
Massage is available for inpatients (free of charge to palliative care patients otherwise a charge is made for this service).
Visiting times for Inpatients
10:30am - 12pm
2.30pm - 7pm
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.
Visitors can ring to speak to patients on the ward by ringing 0300 421 6151. Please remember that your friend or relative in hospital might be tired and find too many or long phone calls tiring.
Inpatients - other informationPatients 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 needsThe Chaplaincy for the Hospital is provided by Tewkesbury Abbey, from the local Catholic Church and local Churches Together Group. The Hospital Chaplain visits on a Saturday morning.
If you have another faith, please just ask the Nurse who will arrange a visit for you from a leader of your 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.
A musculoskeletal outpatient service is provided for patients who live in the Tewkesbury area, who either refer themselves or are referred by GPs, consultants and other health professionals. The department is open 8am – 4.30pm, Monday – Friday.
Assessment and Rehabilitation Unit (ARU)This provides early multi-disciplinary assessment and rehabilitation for people of all ages with neurological and general problems. The ARU aims to maintain and improve independence and mobility, to help people stay in their home wherever possible with support as needed. Occupational therapists and physiotherapists work with other members of the team in order to promote independence and maximise each patient’s potential. The service is open Monday to Thursday.
VolunteersThe volunteer scheme at Tewkesbury Community Hospital works to support staff in improving patient care. Volunteers help with a variety of jobs on the ward and also in the day surgery unit, including, meeting and greeting, working with patients at mealtimes and assisting with some administrative duties. If you are interested in becoming a hospital volunteer, please contact main reception 0300 421 6100 or read more about how to volunteer with us
The Friends of Tewkesbury hospital support the hospital by fundraising and supporting new projects. If you are interested in joining the Friends of Tewkesbury Hospital please contact the chairman, Peter Aldridge, via the hospital secretary on 0300 421 6100, or by email at email@example.com
Ladies from the Methodist Church also supply and arrange flowers for the hospital entrance.