Access to many of the services delivered in local communities, such as Community Nursing, Physiotherapy and other therapies, has changed during the Covid-19 pandemic. Where possible clinical review and consultations are taking place using telephone, or video call when available. Face to face consultations for patients with urgent or complex needs, are still taking place if needed.

Further information about specific service changes is available on the Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust website here

Community Hospitals, Mental Health and Learning Disability inpatient units

The NHS in Gloucestershire is easing some of the restrictions around visiting hospitals as part of the next phase of Covid-19 planning.

From 8 July 2020, a limited number of visits will be permitted, as long as visitors adhere to specific guidelines which include wearing a face covering and maintaining two metre social distancing.

Local NHS Trusts are working to support relatives/loved ones and patients where it is not possible to visit in person.

Further advice is available on the Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust website here.


Visiting Arrangements – updated 2nd January 2022

New visiting arrangements are being introduced at the county’s hospitals, in light of rapidly rising rates of COVID-19 infection across the country.

The new arrangements, which came into effect from Saturday 18 December, mean that open, general visiting to adult wards is suspended. However, visits can be pre-arranged with the wards in certain circumstances, for example on compassionate grounds. Visiting may also be eased further in special circumstances and where patients would benefit from a carer being with them – for example for ongoing personal, physical and emotional care and support. This might include patients with learning disabilities, dementia or other vulnerabilities.

The Trusts also ask all visitors, as well as patients attending appointments, to complete a lateral flow test prior to visiting to check their COVID negative status and provide proof of this when visiting  the ward. When visiting the wards, people will be required to wear a hospital supplied face mask and comply with social distancing and hand hygiene guidance as advised by staff.

Local NHS Trusts are working to support relatives/loved ones and patients where it is not possible to visit in person.

Further advice is available on the Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust website here.