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Community pop-up COVID vaccination clinics

Community pop-up COVID vaccination clinics

The NHS is offering COVID vaccinations to those at highest risk of severe illness from the virus. This will help protect them if COVID-19 rates are high over the summer months and reduce their chances of needing hospital treatment if they do catch the virus.

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Heart Failure Awareness Week 2024

Heart Failure Awareness Week 2024

Heart Failure Awareness Week, held every year in May, is an opportunity for us to shine a light on heart failure and to raise awareness about our fantastic Heart Failure Service at GHC. Led by the British Society for Heart Failure (BSH), the campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of recognising heart failure symptoms early, getting an accurate diagnosis and receiving optimal treatment.

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Today is International Long COVID Awareness Day

Today is International Long COVID Awareness Day

Today (15 March) is International Long COVID Awareness Day. Now in its second year, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the symptoms of Long COVID, and the NHS support available to those suffering from the condition.

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It’s Nutrition and Hydration Week!

It’s Nutrition and Hydration Week!

This week (11-17 March) is Nutrition and Hydration Week – an annual event with a shared, global objective to reinforce, focus, energise and create activity and engagement to promote nutrition and hydration as a fundamental element to maintaining health and wellbeing within health and social care.

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Campaign launched to drive up childhood vaccinations

Campaign launched to drive up childhood vaccinations

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has today launched a campaign across England to remind parents and carers of the importance of making sure their children are vaccinated against serious diseases – some of which, such as measles and whooping cough, are re-emerging in the UK.

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National HIV Testing Week 2024

National HIV Testing Week 2024

It’s National HIV Testing Week (5-11 February). Every year this annual campaign, run by HIV Prevention England, aims to raise awareness about the importance of regular testing, to help reduce the number of people living with undiagnosed HIV and those diagnosed late. The number of people diagnosed with HIV is falling, but there is still work to do.

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It’s National Apprenticeship Week!

It’s National Apprenticeship Week!

It’s National Apprenticeship Week (5-11 February). The theme for #NAW2024 is Skills for Life, which reflects on how apprenticeships can help individuals develop the skills and knowledge they need for a rewarding career, and how employers can develop a talented workforce equipped with future-ready skills.

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Measles: Parents urged to ensure their children are protected

Measles: Parents urged to ensure their children are protected

With the number of reported measles cases in young people in the UK on the rise, the School Age Immunisation Team at Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is urging parents and guardians of children in Years 8 to 11 (aged 12 to 16) to check their MMR status and make sure they are fully vaccinated against the disease.

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Ward Sister Lou wins award for dementia tool

Ward Sister Lou wins award for dementia tool

Congratulations to Ward Sister Lucinda (Lou) Williams on scooping the ‘Seeing Me Award’ at this year’s South West Integrated Personalised Care Awards. Lou, who specialises in dementia care, was celebrating with her colleagues on Abbey View Ward at Tewkesbury Community Hospital this morning, after picking up the award at last night’s glittering ceremony at Darlington Hall in Totnes, Devon.

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World AIDS Day – 1st December

World AIDS Day – 1st December

Friday 1 December is #WorldAIDSDay – a global campaign by the National AIDS Trust, which has been recognised on 1st December every year since 1988. Its aim is to support those living with HIV, remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS-related illness, secure the rights of people living with the condition and continue the fight to end the stigma surrounding HIV.

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Trust presented with Defence ERS Gold Award

Trust presented with Defence ERS Gold Award

Representatives from Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust were extremely proud and honoured this morning to receive the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award from the Wessex Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (WRFCA), in recognition of its commitment and support for defence personnel.

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Occupational Therapy Week 2023

Occupational Therapy Week 2023

This year’s Occupational Therapy Week starts today (Monday 6 November) and finishes on Sunday 12 November. As a profession, Occupational Therapists are on the frontline of health equity and are uniquely placed to understand and tackle the challenges people face. OTs see health inequalities every day, supporting and helping those most in need.

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Introducing the Patient and Carer Race Equality Framework (PCREF)

Introducing the Patient and Carer Race Equality Framework (PCREF)

We are working with NHS England to implement the first ever anti-racism framework for mental health Trusts and service providers. The Patient and Carer Race Equality Framework (PCREF) will ensure that we are responsible for co-producing and implementing concrete actions to reduce racial inequality within our services, with a view to becoming an actively anti-racist organisation.

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HPV vaccination programme moves to single dose

HPV vaccination programme moves to single dose

The Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine helps to prevent HPV-related cancers from developing in boys and girls. While most types of HPV are harmless, some high-risk types can lead to the development of cancers, including cervical cancer, cancers of the head and neck (mouth and throat) and cancers of the anus and genital areas.

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Sexual Health Week: 11-17 September

Sexual Health Week: 11-17 September

Today marks the start of Sexual Health Week. Being safe means feeling empowered to access contraception, testing and treatment. It means understanding consent, healthy relationships and pleasure. It also means providing relationships and sex education (RSE) that gives young people the tools to navigate the world safely – both online and offline – and delivering safe, accessible sexual health services, wherever people need them. That’s why for #SHW23 we’re #PlayingItSafe!

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Falls Prevention Awareness Week: September 18-22

Falls Prevention Awareness Week: September 18-22

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is committed to empowering all older adults in Gloucestershire to reduce their risk of falls, which are one of the greatest causes of serious injuries and death among people over age 65. On September 18-22, GHC is partnering with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to mark Falls Prevention Awareness Week.

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Veterans Moving Forwards recovery course

Veterans Moving Forwards recovery course

The autumn programme of recovery course Veterans Moving Forwards starts next month. The course has been co-produced with veterans and is offered by Gloucestershire Health and Wellbeing College.

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World Breastfeeding Week: 1-7 August

World Breastfeeding Week: 1-7 August

World Breastfeeding Week officially kicks off tomorrow, each year celebrated around the world from 1-7 August. Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Health Visiting team offers a range of support, including advice on positioning, attachment, hand expressing and assisting you and your family to continue to breastfeed for as long as planned. If problems occur, your health visitor can refer you to our Specialist Breast Feeding team.

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Hope House sexual health community clinics reopen

Hope House sexual health community clinics reopen

Hope House is pleased to announce its face-to-face community clinics are up and running again. Due to Covid-19 our clinics at Coleford Health Centre, Stroud, Cirencester and Tewkesbury community hospitals, Hartpury University, Hartpury College and the Royal Agricultural College, have been restricted to telephone and video consultations only.

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Trusts join forces to take on military challenge

Trusts join forces to take on military challenge

Gloucestershire Health and Care joined forces with members of Great Western Hospitals NHS Trust to field a team in Exercise Medical Endeavour (formerly the South West NHS Military Challenge), which took place at Okehampton Army Training Camp over the weekend (16-18 June).

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Cervical Screening Awareness Week: 19-24 June

Cervical Screening Awareness Week: 19-24 June

This week (19-24) June is Cervical Screening Awareness Week – a campaign launched in 2021 to encourage those eligible for screening to respond to their cervical screening invitation letters and book an appointment at their GP practice or sexual health clinic if they missed their last one.

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Sustainability

Sustainability

The Trust's Sustainability Strategy has just been published, laying out our approach for the next...

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World Occupational Therapy Day

World Occupational Therapy Day

World OT Day was first launched on 27 October 2010 by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). Since then it has become an important date in the occupational therapy calendar to promote and celebrate the profession internationally.

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