Cheltenham General Hospital

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Cheltenham General Hospital
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cheltenham General Hospital.jpg
View of the hospital across the college cricket ground
Location Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°35′31″N 2°04′19″W / 51.592°N 2.072°W / 51.592; -2.072Coordinates: 51°35′31″N 2°04′19″W / 51.592°N 2.072°W / 51.592; -2.072
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type General
Emergency department Yes, 8AM - 8PM
Founded 1813
Website Website
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Cheltenham General Hospital is an NHS district general hospital in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, run by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It provides general hospital services including Accident and Emergency.


The Cheltenham Provident Dispensary was founded in 1813, and in 1839 was moved to Seward House and was renamed Cheltenham General Hospital. The original building of the General Hospital in Sandford Road was built in 1848–49 to the design of D. J. Humphries and since then it served as the main Cheltenham hospital. It took over the operation of the Cheltenham Ophthalmic Hospital c.1882, and was brought under the control of the National Health Service in 1948.[1]

Previous names of the institution are:

  • Cheltenham Provident Dispensary (1813–39)
  • Cheltenham General Hospital and Dispensary (by 1902)
  • Cheltenham General and Eye Hospitals (by 1929)
  • Cheltenham General, Eye and Children's Hospital (c.1948–63)

Notable events[edit]

  • The popular entertainer Eric Morecambe died at the hospital in 1984.

Present day[edit]

Cheltenham General Hospital provides general hospital services as well as some specialist services. There are 16 wards and a number of other specialist departments. It has a 24-hour emergency department. The specialist Oncology Centre is a centre of excellence and the hub of the Three Counties Cancer Network.

Additional specialisms include Ophthalmology, with an award winning cataract team and a Diabetic Eye Screening Unit, the first of its kind in the country.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Records of Cheltenham General Hospital". The National Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 

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