Find our latest guidance and information on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Access to the best advice, information and services

“A new ‘three digit’ NHS telephone service will be introduced in Gloucestershire in Spring next year, making it easier for the public to access local health services when their need is urgent, but not an emergency. It will complement 999 and GP surgery telephone services and it will provide initial medical assessment, advice and referral to other services if needed. In partnership... Read More

New technology to support independence

“Making the most of new technology is vital in improving the patient experience and over 600 patients in Gloucestershire with long term conditions are now benefiting from telehealth. Telehealth units monitor patients’ vital signs such as weight, blood pressure and oxygen levels in their own homes easily, securely and safely. The results are viewed on a daily basis and appropriate... Read More

Increasing choice and improving the patient experience

“We are currently working to give patients a greater choice of where and when they receive diagnostic tests. These are tests that help identify what condition or illness a person has. These developments present a real opportunity to improve access to services in the community for the benefit of people across Gloucestershire. Increasingly, patients will be able to have a greater... Read More

Expert advice to help avoid hospital visits

“As a result of partnership working, dermatology patients are benefiting from a new advice and guidance service for GPs. We can now get a second opinion on a patient’s condition from a hospital specialist at the touch of a button. The hospital doctor reads our electronic message, which can include images of the skin condition for comment, and responds within three days. Dermatology... Read More

Supporting care in the patient’s home

“The local NHS is increasingly doing more to support care in the patient’s own home where possible. The community intravenous therapy team supports patients with a range of conditions, for example those requiring rehydration, blood transfusion or antibiotics. In the past this kind of care would only have been available in hospital. The service, delivered by nurses with specialist... Read More

Joining up care and community support

“Looking to the future, we want to join up care by developing community teams further and helping people to build on their skills. The teams will include GPs as well as different professional groups such as social care, nursing and physiotherapy. If a person has a long-term condition, such as diabetes or heart failure, they may have a care co-ordinator who can help them to get... Read More