Hot weather warning issued to people ‘shielding’ and more vulnerable groups

Public Health England has today issued a heat warning encouraging vulnerable people to take care during the exceptionally hot weather forecast this week. People ‘shielding’ indoors from COVID-19, older people, those with underlying health conditions, and very young children are all more vulnerable from the higher temperatures. Emer OConnell, Consultant in Public Health at Public Health England said: “Most of us look forward to the warmer weather but some people may find... Read More

NHS in Gloucestershire takes further steps to support the next phase of COVID-19 Pandemic Planning  

Health leaders say they are taking proactive steps to resume many of the services that were paused or reduced during the recent pandemic, whilst remaining focused on minimising the risk to patients of coming into healthcare settings. Importantly, all services remain prepared to respond to a further spike in the virus, should it happen. The scale of the steps taken by health and social care staff over the last three months have been unprecedented with the NHS putting in place a... Read More

Face coverings – supporting the Covid-19 response

In line with Government guidance, the NHS in Gloucestershire is asking hospital outpatients and visitors (who are not affected by current visiting restrictions) to plan ahead and have face coverings available for when they attend hospital from 15 June. The NHS locally is also recommending that patients who are asked to attend GP surgeries or community services also wear face coverings. Guidance for the public on use of face coverings is available from the GOV.UK website here. “We... Read More

Supporting our care homes in the battle against Covid-19

Supporting care homes during the coronavirus outbreak is high on the government’s priorities, and public services in Gloucestershire have joined forces to help the county’s care homes in the fight against Covid-19. With their elderly and vulnerable residents, care homes are at particular risk from Covid-19, and this is why NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), under the direction of the Local Resilience Forum (LRF), and in partnership with Gloucestershire... Read More

Statement from Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Temporary Covid-19 service changes to proceed

Temporary changes to services at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals will help ensure better and safer care for patients as we move into the next phase of the pandemic, clinicians have said. The Board of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has given its support to temporary service changes proposed by its clinical teams including changes to the way emergency care and other specialist services will be delivered throughout the next stage of the pandemic. At... Read More

County’s care sector receives extensive support from Gloucestershire’s health and social care services

A report submitted to Government today sets out an extensive support package for care homes and other care settings across the county, helping them to minimise the spread of Covid-19. Recognising the significant risk to the most vulnerable in the county, the county council and clinical commissioning group, supported by colleagues from the wider Local Resilience Forum have, since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, increased support available to care settings in the county. This... Read More