April Week 1, 2

Monday 30th March


Tuesday 31st March

Heather Tait £2.4m damages - features in BBC Online, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph

Hospital bakers prescribe tasty treat  (Echo, Citizen) feature as arranged by Comms team about the Bake-off final and fundraising for Wiggly Worm charity

Mother & baby manikin helping train county's midwives feature as arranged by Comms team about new simulation manikins

Wednesday 1st April

Norovirus fear closes ward at Gloucestershire Royal (Echo, Citizen) summarising Norovirus campaign messages with comment from Nursing Director Maggie Arnold

Cancer survivor launches social media campaign (Echo, Citizen) story about social media campaign, mentions treatment and training for home dialysis at GRH

Heather Tait awarded damages of £2.4m after sex life ruined - features in The Echo, The Citizen and Best Daily

Thursday 2nd April

Emergency care options over Easter (Echo, Citizen) part of a series of proactive features from Glos CCG plugging their new ASAP app. Also featured on local radio.

The metabolism myth (Echo, Citizen) Dietician Janet Passey talks about metabolism and weight loss. Interview arranged by the Comms team.

Friday 3rd April


Saturday 4th April


Sunday 5th April


Monday 6th April

Monster raving loony manifesto (Citizen) - candidate mentions Gloucestershire Royal in his happiness manifesto

Tuesday 7th April

BBC Radio Gloucestershire - Steve Kitchen drivetime show mentions update on the bank holiday weekend at our hospitals (no links available)

Wednesday 8th April

Natashia Penhale walks free following conviction for fraud (Echo, Citizen) Court story detailing sentencing of nurse for fraud

Nurse's conviction warning to other staff on fraud (Echo, Citizen) features comment supplied by Comms team from Counter-fraud

Wards closed to visitors at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (Echo, Citizen)  features info about closure of 2 wards and general Noro advice

Heart Radio - news belletins feature update on wards at GRH closed to visitors due to Norovirus

Thursday 9th April

Better to have one fully staffed A&E - letter from local resident supporting chnages to A&E and being scathing about politicians' involvement. Hard copy only available in Comms office for 1 week after publication

Wards re-open at Gloucestershire Royal (Echo, Citizen) States all wards now open and repeats Norovirus messaging

Friday 10th April

NHS Trusts put patient records online in breach (Computer World) article detailing serious computer breaches last year, singling out NHS and mentioning our Trust, but with no further details about alleged breaches. 

Thanks to NHS Professionals - letter in the Citizen praising treatment at CGH and stating 'the NHS is in good hands'. Hard copy only available in Comms office for 1 week.

Heather Tait interview (BBC WM, from 50 mins in) extensive interview with woman who received £2.4m compensation following treatment at CGH. (available on iplayer for 28 days)

Tweets of the weeks

Emma-Marie Smirnoff Lowe‎:

April 3 at 8:33am · 

I can not thank everyone involved yesterday for their support, kind words, and professionalism at the children's paediatric day unit. From the ward nurses to the anaesthetist, everyone made my daughter's stay relaxed and at ease. The care everyone promoted. I cannot thank you all enough. She was even lucky enough to have been given not one but two Easter eggs from the staff for her bravery. Thank you all so so much. Keep up the good work.

Website feedback

Graham King: Woodmancote Ward.

 My father-in-law, John Watt, spent 2 weeks in Woodmancote Ward and died peacefully last Friday. He received invariably excellent care and we received the greatest consideration from everyone we met. It exceeded our expectations at every turn and we could not be more grateful to everyone on that ward. Please tell them how much we appreciate what they did for us. This side of the family (his wife's) are in complete agreement with me and I can safely say I represent their views also.

Mrs Helen Nock Ward 9B: visitor numbers per bed

My complaint is about the number of people visiting the bed next to my dad's today. We always adhere to 2 visitors per bed as stated on your website. The bed next to him had 5 or 6. When they all started talking together I couldn't hold a conversation with my dad as he couldn't hear me. He had a severe headache whilst we were there and felt that the ward allowing the high number of visitors to the next bed is not on.



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