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

How we’re helping patients stay connected with loved ones

Colleagues across Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust are helping to ensure patients at their hospitals can keep in touch with loved ones during the current suspension on visiting due to Covid-19. A number of initiatives have been rolled out across the hospitals to ensure regular contact can be maintained, despite the current difficulties. Communication hubs have... Read More

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... 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... 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... 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... Read More