Significant progress with COVID-19 vaccinations in the county as the Oxford/AstraZeneca Vaccine is authorised for use

NHS leaders in Gloucestershire say that monumental efforts have been made by NHS staff, groups of GP Practices and volunteers in the county to support the COVID-19 vaccination programme with thousands already vaccinated. As of New Year’s Eve, over 5,000 frontline NHS, health and social care staff in the priority groups have so far received their first doses at the Edward Jenner Vaccination Hub at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and over 20,000 people in community vaccination... Read More

Tier 4 restrictions on hospital visiting introduced

Tier 4 restrictions on hospital visiting introduced   The government’s decision to move Gloucestershire into Tier 4 from today, 31 December, has an impact on visiting restrictions in the county’s hospitals. The NHS in Gloucestershire is therefore introducing new restrictions from today, in line with tier 4 requirements. The restrictions mean that visitors can comply with The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 and the NHS can ensure that... Read More

Care home vaccinations get underway in Cheltenham

Residents of a care home for older people in Cheltenham have received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in the battle against COVID-19. Faithfull House was one of a small number of care homes to be selected by NHS England and NHS Improvement as part of a trial to ensure the vaccine could be safely effectively transported to staff and residents, so they don’t have to travel to be vaccinated. Thanks to the success of this pilot, from this week the vaccine is now being rolled... Read More

GP Practice Teams make significant progress with COVID-19 vaccinations and explain the approach taken in the county

Deputy Clinical Chair at NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Hein Le Roux said: “We are extremely proud of our GP practice teams, volunteers and community NHS colleagues for their outstanding and tireless efforts in getting the COVID-19 community vaccination programme off the ground. They have truly pulled out all the stops and have moved mountains in the face of very challenging timescales. As a result, Gloucestershire is at the vanguard of the COVID-19 community... Read More

Further community COVID-19 vaccination sites confirmed

The NHS in Gloucestershire is pleased to confirm further sites supporting COVID-19 community vaccination in the county. They are: Churchdown Community Centre Rowcroft Medical Centre, Stroud Old Cinderford Health Centre, Forest of Dean Cirencester Hospital Beeches Green Health Centre, Stroud. GP practice teams, with the support of local partners including volunteers, will start vaccination of priority groups (over 80s) at these sites in the coming days, pending vaccine deliveries. Priority... Read More

Community COVID-19 vaccination of priority groups set to get underway from mid-week

GPs and community NHS teams in some areas of the county will start COVID-19 vaccination of priority groups, for example the over 80s, from mid-week (pending vaccine delivery) with other areas following very soon. Groups of GP practices are working closely together with community services to make this possible close to where people live. Gloucestershire has adopted an innovative model of community vaccination building on existing expertise and strong local networks and partnerships. Starting... Read More

Make sure the present you are giving this Christmas is not COVID-19

Health and care leaders in Gloucestershire are urging people to approach the festive period with ‘great caution’ as they warn of rising hospital admissions and a potential third COVID-19 wave in January. The last few weeks have seen a rapid rise in the number of COVID-19 positive patients being admitted to hospitals around the county, with numbers 25% higher than at the peak of the first wave. This puts enormous pressure on the hospital and other local health and care services. Local... Read More