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Covid 19 Information

Please visit www.ghc.nhs.uk/coronavirus/



Help in a crisis


If there is an immediate danger to life, please dial 999 or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.

I am in Gloucestershire

If you or someone you know needs help in a mental health crisis, call our crisis teams. The teams work with those aged from 11 upwards.

Call 0800 169 0398.

And choose one of the following options depending on your location:

  • Option 1 for Stroud and Cotswolds
  • Option 2 for Gloucester and Forest
  • Option 3 for Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and North Cotswolds

Please note: telephone calls may be recorded. If you do not want that to happen, please tell the person who answers your call and they will phone you back on a ‘non-recordable’ telephone.

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.

I am in Herefordshire

Mental health services in Herefordshire are now provided by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. 

Visit their website to find out where to get help – www.hacw.nhs.uk/urgent-help

If you need help but are not in crisis, please contact your GP if in opening hours, or 111. If you don’t have a GP use the NHS service search to locate the nearest one to you. If your query is not urgent, you can find our contact details here.

Are you feeling vulnerable? Do you need to talk to somebody now?


Call free on 116 123
If you are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide, you can call the Samaritans.

Stay Alive App

A pocket suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide. The app can be accessed through the Apple Store, Google Play and downloaded as a pdf.


Call free on 0800 11 11
If you are a child or a young person you may want to speak to Childline.


Call 0808 816 0606
Or text 07537 410 022
A safe, supportive, non-judgmental and informative service for people who self harm, their friends, families and carers.
Open every day 5pm – 10pm for phone and text support.


Text 85258
Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.


Information for Parents and Families


Who are we?
The Gloucestershire Community Children and Young People’s Physiotherapy Service aims to support children & young people with a range of conditions by providing them and their families with support, advice and physical intervention to promote optimum outcome for the child and their family.

Who do we see?
Children’s Physiotherapy is a countywide specialist physiotherapy service for children and young people aged 0-16 years (16-19 in full time education), their families and carers, providing physiotherapy in both the hospital and community settings.

What to expect
We aim to provide an effective, safe, high quality service along with its partners and skilled workforce. The service provides assessment, advice and physiotherapy management of any childhood condition to promote the health and physical development of each individual.  Treatment is planned around the child and families’ individual needs. The length of the treatment will vary for each child and condition. Children and young people are regularly re-assessed to evaluate progress and parents/carers are actively involved in the child’s physiotherapy programme.  We also offer group work, including a lower limb class and hydrotherapy.

What should I wear?
Please bring shorts and a vest to your appointment. You may be asked to undress in order for the physiotherapist to complete a thorough assessment.

How can I get the best out of my treatment?
Your physiotherapist will help you decide your aims of physiotherapy.  With your physiotherapist you will be able to plan how you will meet these aims. This will involve treatment from your physiotherapist  and activities and advice for you to complete at home independently, often daily.  It is very important that you comply with your programme and contact your physiotherapist if you are unable to do so. At each appointment your physiotherapist will review your aims and your programme and help you progress these in order to meet you goals.

Where will I be seen?
The Children and Young People’s Physiotherapy service is provided in a variety of locations and settings. Access to physiotherapy is in the most appropriate setting for their assessment, treatment and ongoing support, enabling them to achieve their outcomes. This may be at a clinic, in a hospital, at a children’s centre, in school or at home. We also run aqua therapy sessions and lower limb classes.

When can I be seen?
The service operates from 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays, with some staff working flexibly to meet additional need. Some bases also offer evening clinics.
We aim to see you within 8 weeks of you being referred to our service.


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Specialist Service Lead for Children and Young People’s Physiotherapy
Stacey Rees
Tel: 0300 421 6972

Cheltenham Locality
Cheltenham General Hospital        0300 422 3041
George Moore Clinic                      0300 422 3041
Independent Living Centre             0300 422 3041

Gloucester Locality
Quedgeley Clinic                            0300 421 6973
Gloucestershire Royal Hospital      0300 421 6973
Newent Clinic                                  0300 421 6973

Forest of Dean Locality            
Dilke Memorial Hospital                0300 421 8570

Cotswold Locality
Stroud General Hospital              0300 421 8031
Vale Community Hospital           &nbsp
; 0300 421 8494
Cirencester Hospital                     01285 884677

Special Schools
The Milestone School                 01452 311141
Betteridge School                       01242 514934
Paternoster School                      01285 652480
Heart of the Forest School          01594 822175