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Safeguarding our patients – a key priority


We will be focusing on Safeguarding issues during three weeks in June. Safeguarding means protecting peoples’ health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. It is a key part of providing high-quality health care to the population we serve.

It is recognised, both nationally and within Gloucestershire, that the incidence of adult abuse is higher than that of child abuse. Adults with learning disabilities, older people and adults who are isolated are at significant risk.

Our Safeguarding Adults team ensures we provide high-quality care to prevent safeguarding concerns and provides an effective response where harm or abuse does occur. Some adults are more vulnerable to abuse, so we work with other agencies such as social services and the Police to promote patient safety and provide advice and support.

We also have a duty of care to safeguard the welfare of children and young people while they are at our hospitals. We do this by providing our staff with child protection awareness training and ensuring that we can identify, protect and care for those at risk.

Between June 9 and June 27, we will be featuring displays and information stands in both hospitals focusing on three key issues:

  • Children’s Safety
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Vulnerable Adults


Nursing Director and Safeguarding Lead Maggie Arnold said:

“We want to ensure that everyone at our Trust knows they have a responsibility to safeguard the needs of adults, children and young people. We are delighted that our partner agencies are joining us to raise awareness of this very important issue.”

GRH Main Event: June 10

We will be holding an event in the atrium at Gloucestershire Royal aimed at patients and the public, where they can find out more information about what we and our partners are doing to protect our patients and the public. We will also be visiting our wards to remind staff what measures they can take to promote wellbeing and to protect our vulnerable patients. There will be an additional display in Children’s Outpatients focusing on safeguarding children.

CGH Main Event: June 16

We will be holding a public-facing event on this date. There will be more visits from our safeguarding teams for ward staff and an opportunity to find out more about the issues that matter.