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


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... 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... Read More


Mental Health Helpline during Covid-19

A 24-hour a day, seven day a week helpline is now available for anyone in Gloucestershire experiencing mental health distress and needing urgent support or advice. The service is available by ringing 0800 169 0398. The line is staffed by mental health professionals who can offer guidance and advice to help you or someone you care for through the initial stages of a mental health... Read More


Fire Service and NHS help to increase Covid-19 testing in care homes

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) and NHS staff have teamed up to help care homes in the county with testing residents and staff for Covid-19. The Accelerated Care Home Provision Outreach Service has been set up to improve access to Covid-19 testing and deliver local support to care homes where the need is greatest. Sarah Scott, Director of Public Health for Gloucestershire... Read More


Got symptoms that need to be checked out urgently?

Help us help you get the treatment you need.     The NHS in Gloucestershire is launching the Help us, help you get the treatment you need campaign in the county today. Clinicians are urging local people to seek medical help if they are worried about their health or have symptoms that need to be checked out urgently. Even with the current Covid-19 pandemic, people will continue... Read More