Update from: Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust – Community Minor Injury and Illness Units

Following discussions with Gloucestershire County Council’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee our Trust is working to increase the opening times of its Minor Injuries and Illness Units, which had been reduced as part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Trust closed three MIIUs and revised the opening hours of the other four units in April. This allowed us to ensure... Read More

Patients encouraged to attend hospital appointments and get the treatment they need

Doctors and other healthcare professionals in Gloucestershire are urging local people to attend hospital appointments as the NHS restores many planned and routine services as part of its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. During the peak of the outbreak, some patients had planned (elective) face-to-face appointments postponed or had virtual appointments instead and patients awaiting... Read More

How to cope in hot weather

Whilst most of us welcome hot weather, too much heat can also bring health risks, so the NHS is asking people to take care during the hot weather forecast for this weekend. People who may only recently have stopped shielding indoors from COVID-19, older people, those with underlying health conditions, and very young children are all more vulnerable to the higher temperatures. Sarah... Read More

Nearly 10,000 of the county’s most vulnerable people supported by telephone service

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, back in April, local health services joined forces to help GP surgeries support and care for their most vulnerable residents through a newly established telephone support service. The Vulnerable People’s Telephone Support Service, which ran from 15 April until 2 July when the government announced a relaxation of shielding restrictions, was... Read More

Temporary MIIU Closures – Update

Statement from Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust: Three Minor Injury and Illness Units (MIIUs) temporarily closed in March will remain closed for a further three months. The closures of the MIIUs at The Vale, Dilke and Tewkesbury Hospitals were first announced in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. On Tuesday (14 July) the decision to continue these temporary... Read More

NHS Trusts ease some restrictions on hospital visiting

The NHS in Gloucestershire is easing some of the restrictions around visiting hospitals as part of the next phase of COVID-19 planning. The restrictions, which were implemented in March to limit the spread of the virus and protect patients, staff and visitors, stopped all visits* during the peak of the pandemic. Now, from 8 July 2020, a limited number of visits will be permitted,... Read More

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... 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... 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... 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),... Read More