Staff testing helps keep health and care services running in Gloucestershire

Health and care organisations in Gloucestershire are continuing to test their staff for Covid-19 to ensure more can get back to work, helping local people to stay safe, healthy and well. A drive through, appointment only testing centre is operating in Brockworth, Gloucester, where up to 160 staff or members of their household can be swabbed each day. NHS and care staff – including NHS hospital, community and mental health staff; GPs and practice staff; pharmacists, ambulance... Read More

‘Virtual ward rounds’ help to ensure care home residents get the medical support they need

Gloucestershire GPs and care homes are developing new ways of working to offer continuing medical support to residents and keep people as safe as possible, despite the Covid-19 pandemic. One innovation is the introduction of regular ‘virtual ward rounds’ to check on the health of residents and to identify any medical needs that individuals may have. Because strong working relationships have already been established between GP practices and care homes, the foundations have... Read More

Public encouraged to seek mental health support

Health experts are encouraging people across Gloucestershire to look after their mental health and wellbeing during the current Covid-19 ‘lockdown’. The physical health impacts of Covid-19 are well recognised, but anxiety about health, job security and finances, social isolation and changes in routines and family relationships can have an impact. Alex Burrage, Consultant Psychological Therapist with the county’s NHS Let’s Talk service, said: “This is a really difficult... Read More

NHS in Gloucestershire continue to step up Covid-19 response

Health leaders said today that as a result of extensive preparations and responsible and timely decision making, services are as well prepared as they can be to manage the unfolding Covid-19 situation. The scale and depth of the steps taken are unprecedented with the NHS putting in place a wide range of measures to ensure the safety of patients and staff and maintain essential health services for those that will continue to need them. This week, around 66,000 more items of Personal... Read More

Health services still in place for people with serious health conditions

The NHS in Gloucestershire is urging local people to continue to seek medical help if they have symptoms of a potentially serious illness or health condition. Nationally, the number of people presenting with symptoms of possible heart attack, stroke and suspected cancer has reduced considerably since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, in spite of it being likely that these illnesses will be at the previous levels. Although the nature of health services has changed in response... Read More

Mental Health and Learning Disability Services in Gloucestershire – Changes Due to Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The outbreak of Covid-19 has led to changes in the way some mental health and learning disability services are being delivered in Gloucestershire. One obvious change is that, due to social distancing, all of our services will minimise face to face contact and will use telephone, text and video-based technology to maintain clinical care. All of our services have also been given a priority rating – Priority 1 services are those which are critical and essential. Priority 2 services... Read More

NHS in Gloucestershire pledges to remember those who lose their lives to Covid-19

The NHS in Gloucestershire has today come together to launch the ‘Every Name a Person’ campaign. The aim is to highlight its commitment to ensuring that nobody who loses their life as a result of the Covid-19 virus is seen as just a number or forgotten. Everyone in our community must now face the prospect of these most challenging and tragic events. Despite the continuing brilliance of NHS and care staff, it is inevitable that we will have to make decisions and act in ways... Read More

Tewkesbury Community Hospital is to be used to support Gloucestershire patients with Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

The hospital’s 30 beds will provide quality care and a comfortable environment for patients transferred from Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the community. This is part of a system-wide approach to ensuring the best use of resources, while prioritising patient comfort and safety, and reducing the risk of infection. Patients who have been recently cared for at the hospital have been discharged appropriately into other care environments, depending on their needs. Infection... Read More

Local NHS prepare to provide as much care as possible in the county

The NHS in Gloucestershire is putting in place the next steps in their preparations as they adapt to the unfolding Covid-19 situation and ensure essential services continue. Health leaders confirmed that planning and incremental service change is going well and at pace with great support from partner organisations. They say their approach is designed to ensure that the NHS can make best use of available staff and facilities and provide as much care in the county as possible over... Read More

Emergency general surgery COVID-19 update

In response to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the NHS in Gloucestershire has taken a number of temporary measures to help ensure it can continue to provide safe patient care. In line with national guidance, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has: restricted visiting at its 2 main hospitals in Gloucester and Cheltenham reduced the number of face to face outpatient appointments in favour of video conferencing and phone calls reduced planned operations,... Read More