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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

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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

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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.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to announce that a site for our new community hospital in the Forest of Dean has been identified, following a year of joint work with Cinderford Town Council.

The Trust plans to acquire and build on the Collingwood Skatepark and Lower High Street Playing Field in Steam Mills Road, Cinderford, a site which will put the new hospital close to the town centre and make it as accessible as possible whether travelling by car or by public transport.

Last August a Citizen’s Jury recommended Cinderford as the location for a new community hospital for the Forest of Dean, building on a prior series of engagement and consultation exercises with residents, colleagues and stakeholders.

Angela Potter, Director of Strategy and Partnership at Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is an exciting milestone which brings us a step closer to our vision of a modern, purpose-built hospital for the Forest of Dean.

“Working in partnership with the Town Council and Forestry England we believe we have found an excellent site and one which best suits the needs of the people of the Forest, in line with the recommendations of the Citizen’s Jury.”

Chris Witham, chair of Cinderford Town Council, added: “We believe the plans we have in place will be of benefit to the town and the Forest, allowing us to upgrade facilities and infrastructure on a range of well-used and well-loved sites.

“We’re pleased to be working in partnership with the NHS on this project, and will also continue to give the town a strong voice in the future use of the Dilke Memorial Hospital site.”

The intention is to transfer the Health Centre site in Dockham Road to the Town Council to allow for more green space in the centre of Cinderford, which has been a long-standing and regular request from residents. Services in the surgery would relocate to the new Primary Care Centre being built in Valley Road and due to be completed in the summer of 2020.

A new skate park is set to be provided at Miner’s Field (off Barleycorn Square) to replace the existing park at the Sports Field. This would locate the skate park more centrally within the town, offer better and safer access and will include the provision of lighting, again in line with frequent requests from residents. The Town Council intends to invest alongside the NHS to add additional park and recreation facilities at the site.

The Trust would also fund the resurfacing of the multi-use games area (off Coronation Road and Mount Pleasant Road) from the current concrete to a Sports England approved surface to make it usable all year round and for a wider range of sports and activities.

The ongoing Fit for the Future engagement programme being run by Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group has been inviting public comment on services to be provided. The NHS will continue to engage local councils, stakeholders and communities regarding the future use of the Dilke and Lydney hospitals.

South West Ambulance Services is working with the Trust to consider the potential benefits of co-locating some of its resources at the proposed hospital site. Part of the land is subject to a covenant which the Trust is discussing with Forestry England.

The Trust is aiming to open the new hospital in Cinderford in 2022.

Notes to editors

For media enquiries please contact

Kate Nelmes
Head of Communications, Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
Tel: 0300 421 7145 Email: katenelmes@nhs.net

Matt Blackman
Communications Manager, Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
Tel: 0300 421 6935 Email: matt.blackman@glos-care.nhs.uk