NHS COVID-19 vaccination offer to all 5 to 11 year olds

COVID-19 vaccinations will be offered to all children aged 5 to 11 from early April in the latest phase of the vaccine programme. Parents or carers will receive an invite from local NHS services, inviting them to book an appointment for children in this age group. Having the COVID-19 vaccine reduces the likelihood of further disruption to their education, developing Long COVID and... Read More

Patient waiting list – We want to hear from you

Patients on a waiting list at Gloucestershire Royal or Cheltenham General Hospitals are being contacted via text message or postal letter as part of our work to reduce the delays caused by the pandemic. A great deal has already been done to reduce the waiting list and now we will be contacting patients to obtain further details. In the SMS text message, titled ‘GHFT-NHS,’ patients... Read More

Spring booster vaccinations in Gloucestershire

Spring boosters are being offered to people at greatest risk of COVID-19 infection from 21 March in the latest phase of the vaccine programme An additional dose is being offered as a precaution to people who are at extreme high risk from COVID-19 infection from six months after their first booster. This will help protect them if COVID-19 rates are high over the summer months and... Read More

Good progress being made on tackling planned care waiting times

NHS leaders in Gloucestershire have welcomed publication of the national delivery plan ‘for tackling the backlog of elective care’ and say that good progress is being made in tackling waiting times for planned operations, procedures, diagnostic tests and appointments despite the COVID-19 pandemic not yet being over. The national delivery plan sets out challenging targets relating... Read More

Trusts Ease Hospital Visiting Restrictions

In light of Government changes to COVID restrictions, the NHS in Gloucestershire has reviewed arrangements for visiting in the county’s hospitals. From Wednesday 9 February 2022, one visitor per patient will be allowed for one hour each day. Visitors must book visits beforehand, at a prearranged time, generally between 11am and 8pm but please check with the hospital as this... Read More

Vaccination update – 12 to 15-year-old school-based programme restarts

Secondary schools across Gloucestershire have begun to receive visits again from the team delivering the 12 to 15-year-old COVID-19 vaccination programme. The visits will enable pupils who have already received their first dose to receive a second. It will also allow those pupils who were unable to be vaccinated the first time the team visited – perhaps because they were off school... Read More

Temporary stroke service change in response to winter pressures, COVID-19 and staffing levels

The NHS in Gloucestershire has agreed to move the Hyper Acute Stroke Unit (HASU) part of the acute hospital stroke service temporarily to Cheltenham General Hospital. The change is part of One Gloucestershire’s response to increasing winter pressures (emergency attendances and hospital stays), COVID-19 and Stroke Consultant and Stroke Specialist Nurse workforce challenges. Taken... Read More

90% of over 16s in Gloucestershire have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccination teams in Gloucestershire have been congratulated once again as the latest figures confirm that 90% of people over 16 in the county have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines. The news comes as the NHS continues to encourage people still in need of a vaccination to come forward for their jabs as soon as they can, with booked and drop-in clinics planned at a variety... Read More

What you need to know – 16 and 17 year olds to be offered booster vaccination

From today, young people aged 16 and 17 years old will be able to access a booster vaccination from three months after their second dose, following an expansion of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. The news comes as the NHS continues to encourage people still in need of a booster to come forward for their jabs as soon as they can, with booked and drop-in clinics planned at a variety... Read More

Gloucestershire leading the way on boosters – it’s not too late to get a COVID-19 vaccination

Vaccination teams across Gloucestershire have been praised by local NHS leaders as weekly vaccination data shared by NHS England showed the county had the highest uptake for COVID-19 booster vaccinations in England. * More than 405,000 people have now been boosted in Gloucestershire, around 87% of the eligible population. The news comes as the NHS continues to encourage people... Read More