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Choice+ comes to Stroud and Berkeley Vale

The 121,000 patients registered with Stroud and Berkeley Vale practices are now benefitting from more choice and convenience in booking urgent requests to see a GP. From early December, additional same day appointments became available each week at Stroud General Hospital and The Vale Hospital in Dursley. These appointments are for people who really need to see a doctor that day. This initiative will enable the 18 GP surgeries in the area, who are involved in the Choice+ pilot,... Read More

Local GPs and community partners set sights on support closer to home

Bringing care closer to home is a key focus of local GP’s, to reduce the distances travelled for patients and their carers’. The locality has started to analyse information available for cardiology outpatient attendances and are exploring how viable it would be to make certain diagnostic equipment available in the eight locality GP practices. GPs and staff from the South Cotswold locality are also working with 2gether NHS Foundation Trust Mental Health services to hold an... Read More

Social Prescribing scheme goes from strength to strength

Three new hub co-ordinators and an admin worker have joined the social prescribing team in the Gloucester City Council offices. The scheme has had over 180 referrals to date, with many successful outcomes for clients being referred into agencies who provide them with advice, guidance and support. Social prescribing schemes support people who go to their GP surgery, but who do not necessarily require medical care. As a result of close partnership working between the NHS, local... Read More

Exciting plans for new Health Centre coming to fruition

Building work is now underway on the new Health Centre next to Tewkesbury Hospital, which will provide a high quality care environment for local patients. Mythe Medical Practice formed from the merger of Watledge Surgery and Jesmond House Practice and this development will house all facilities on one site. The work is expected to take approximately twelve months to complete, with Mythe Medical Practice on the first floor and Church Street Surgery on the ground floor. The Centre... Read More

Gloucestershire’s NHS secures £85k to promote good mental health in schools

Fourteen schools in Gloucestershire are to benefit from £85k funding that will see them work together with local health services to improve children’s mental health. NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) worked with partners including Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) and 2gether NHS Foundation Trust (2g) to submit the county’s case to government in a bid to secure funding which will focus on more joined up working between schools and children’s mental... Read More

Staying well this winter

The cold, dark, wintery weather at this time of year can make keeping healthy a real challenge for some. However, there are a few simple steps that people can take to keep themselves safe and well. “There is always a clear link between the very cold weather and ill health and we want to do all we can to promote some very simple preventative measures to help minimise its impact on people” said Dr Hein Le Roux, Clinical Lead for Health and Wellbeing at NHS Gloucestershire Clinical... Read More

Ambulance response times in rural areas – council motion

“We note the outcome of yesterday’s motion, concerning ambulance response times. As the commissioner for ambulance services in Gloucestershire, we will continue to work in positive partnership with SWASFT and the Trust will be pleased to provide further details in writing of the actions being taken to improve response times across the districts. We have been working with SWASFT to both support existing staff and recruit new paramedics to Gloucestershire. A recent recruitment... Read More

At risk of flu but not had your jab yet? It’s not too late

Patients in Gloucestershire are being reminded that it isn’t too late take up the offer of a flu vaccination. GPs in the area are urging at-risk residents to contact their GP surgery and protect themselves from flu as soon as they can. Dr Charles Buckley, GP in Stroud, said: “We are keen to encourage the people who are most vulnerable to health complications associated with flu protect themselves by visiting their GP surgery to get the vaccination. If you are 65 or over or... Read More

Top tips to keep safe and well

With colder weather and dark evenings settling in, the NHS and county council are asking people to take some simple steps to keep themselves safe, well and healthy. “From keeping your home safe to wearing the right clothes and doing some exercise, there’s lots you can do to ensure a safe and healthy winter season”, said Dr Hein Le Roux, Clinical Lead for Health and Wellbeing at NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The CCG’s Information Bus will be out... Read More

NHS and Social Care welcome Healthwatch Hospital Discharge Task Group Report

We welcome this Report, which will help to inform our current plans for further improvement to hospital discharge arrangements.  We recognise the hard work of Healthwatch Gloucestershire in producing this document and their on-going support in efforts to improve outcomes for patients. The Health and Social Care Community has a collective responsibility to work positively together in the interests of the patient and this is what we are doing. We are pleased that Healthwatch has... Read More