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Covid 19 Information

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Covid-19 Archive

Tewkesbury Hospital receives award for Covid response

Tewkesbury Hospital receives award for Covid response

A brilliant collective response at Tewksbury Hospital to the Covid pandemic has been formally recognised by the Community Hospital Association (CHA). Work to support both colleagues and families through the repurposing of Abbey View Ward won the CHA’s Innovation and...

HRH The Princess Royal Visits Trust

HRH The Princess Royal Visits Trust

HRH The Princess Royal has spoken to colleagues from our Trust about their work throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic. In a visit to Gloucester today (21 April), Her Royal Highness had conversations with nurses, allied health professionals, facilities colleagues,...

Visiting Restrictions Reminder

Visiting Restrictions Reminder

In light of the decision to move Gloucestershire into Tier 4 as of 00:01 on Thursday 31 December, the Trust would like to reiterate the impact of these restrictions on visiting to our hospitals. Visiting arrangements for adult in-patient settings (including mental...

Make sure the present you are giving this Christmas is not COVID-19

Make sure the present you are giving this Christmas is not COVID-19

Health and care leaders in Gloucestershire are urging people to approach the festive period with ‘great caution’ as they warn of rising hospital admissions and a potential third COVID-19 wave in January. The last few weeks have seen a rapid rise in the number of...

Managing Memory Together – Online Information Sessions

Managing Memory Together – Online Information Sessions

Our online information sessions are a great way of connecting with others who care for someone with dementia in a safe and relaxed environment. Unfortunately due to Covid 19 we have had to cancel our face to face dementia sessions so for the time being we are going...

NHS Trusts ease some restrictions on hospital visiting

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...

Domestic Abuse and Covid-19 Isolation

An article by Carol Innes, Specialist Safeguarding Nurse – Domestic Abuse, and Penny Humble, Counsellor, Working Well The need to isolate ourselves within our own households can be challenging for many of us and for many different reasons. For those in a domestic...

A GPs Perspective on Lockdown

A GPs Perspective on Lockdown

‘New ways of working’ is a phrase that has been bandied about in General Practice for a few years. We felt the need to do things differently because we have been stretched, at times to breaking point. Then the tragedy of Covid19 and lockdown came along. Suddenly we...

Caring Through Covid-19 Workshops

Caring Through Covid-19 Workshops

Following on from our Caring through Covid-19 surveys, we are now holding virtual workshops to listen further to your experiences of using our services during Covid-19. Your experiences and views are very important to us and will help us plan for the future. Workshop...

Help us prevent the spread of infection

Help us prevent the spread of infection

Patients, carers and visitors are being asked to take precautions to help us prevent the spread of infection. The risk of getting an infection whilst in our premises is low and careful attention to the prevention of infections is a high priority for us. Please help us...

£375k boost for county mental health services

£375k boost for county mental health services

The county council and Gloucestershire’s NHS have secured £375,000 in extra funding, over three years, to help prevent suicide and improve the positive mental wellbeing of people in Gloucestershire. The money, which is part of a national NHS England and NHS...

Caring through Covid-19 – Your Experience

Caring through Covid-19 – Your Experience

As an NHS Trust we have had to change our way of working due to Covid-19. This has altered the way many of our services are delivered. We would like to hear the views and experiences of patients, service users, carers and those they care for on how our services are...

Mental Health Helpline during Covid-19

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...

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

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...

Covid-19 Nutrition and Recovery

Covid-19 Nutrition and Recovery

Jo Sansom, specialist dietitian in our MacMillan Next Steps Service, has written some helpful information on nutrition for people who have, or are recovering from, Covid-19.  During or following infection with Covid-19, many people experience a loss of appetite, taste...

How We’re Helping Patients Stay Connected With Loved Ones

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...

Dying Matters Awareness Week

Dying Matters Awareness Week

This week is Dying Matters Awareness Week. The theme for this year is “Dying to be Heard”, which aims to encourage people to listen to their loved ones if they want to talk about death. The health and care system in Gloucestershire recognises that it’s hard for people...

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,...

Temporary Minor Injury and Illness Unit changes

Temporary Minor Injury and Illness Unit changes

The NHS has announced some temporary changes to Gloucestershire’s Minor Injury and Illness Units (MIIUs) in order to strengthen staffing at a smaller number of sites. This is being done in a planned way and is one of a number of responsible steps being taken by health...

NHS in Gloucestershire stepping up Covid-19 response

NHS in Gloucestershire stepping up Covid-19 response

Health leaders said today that the NHS in Gloucestershire is taking the necessary and next steps in responding to the unfolding Covid-19 situation. This includes putting in place additional measures to help delay the spread of the virus, ensure the safety of patients...

‘Community hubs’ established to support patients

A number of ‘community hubs’ have been set up in health centres and surgeries across Gloucestershire to support patients who need face to face medical support and may have possible symptoms of coronavirus. Doctors say it is a responsible measure as the NHS steps up...

‘Your NHS Needs You’ – NHS Call For Volunteer Army

‘Your NHS Needs You’ – NHS Call For Volunteer Army

The NHS is “rallying the troops” for the war on coronavirus, with volunteers being called up to help vulnerable people stay safe and well at home. The nation is looking for up to 250,000 volunteers to help up to 1.5 million people who have been asked to shield...

Visiting Suspended at Gloucestershire’s Hospitals

The NHS in Gloucestershire has announced that it is stopping visiting* to its hospitals effective from Monday 23rd March 2020. Trust leaders say that the action is a responsible and proactive measure to take as part of coronavirus (COVID-19) preparedness. The policy...

Advice on managing your anxiety levels during the Covid-19 situation

Coronavirus is dominating the news at the moment, and while it’s completely normal to feel anxious about it, letting your fears run away with you is unlikely to help.  Senior Working Well Counsellor Julia Foren has shared the following advice to help you manage your...

NHS Trusts restrict hospital visiting as a precautionary step

NHS Trusts restrict hospital visiting as a precautionary step

The NHS in Gloucestershire has announced that it is restricting visiting to hospitals as a precautionary step from tomorrow (Saturday 14 March, 2020). Trust leaders say that the action is a responsible and proactive measure to take as part of Covid-19 preparedness....

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