April Week 3
Saturday 11th April
Sunday 12th April
Mascot Puddle to visit children at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (Citizen)
A local swimming group and their mascot will visit the children's ward at GRH to hand out gifts. The visit was planned for Easter, but delayed following a Norovirus outbreak on the ward.
Monday 13th April
Hospitals back hydration week (Echo/ Citizen) p38
short news item lifted from our staff magazine Outline.
PM makes pledge on Inheritance tax during county visit (Citizen) p2-3
Article follows David Cameron's visit to Cheltenham. He is quoted as saying: "There are some important local issues Alex Chalk is campaigning on - the parking one, wanting to get a good outcome for the hospital is another..."
Tories promise £8bn for NHS (Citizen) p15
Short news item following the above. News item features a photo of our sign at GRH.
see also: Cameron targets Cheltenham (Echo) p1-2
See also: NHS Funding (BBC Radio Gloucestershire)
In the newspaper roundup the former editor of the Forester, it appears that Viv Hargreaves may have misinterpreted the above articles in the Echo/ Citizen and the consultant's role in the changes to our EDs.
Toddler raises money for charity with pony ride (Tewkesbury AdMag)
Family who received treatment at our hospitals are raising money for the Pied Piper Appeal to say thank you for the care they received. The journalist has accidentally named GRH Gloucester Royal Infirmary.
see also: Two young girls raise money for Children's wards in Gloucestershire Hospital (Echo)
Tuesday 14th April
Wednesday 15th April
Incongrous to read about political spat on A&E Department (Echo) p10
Readers letter accompanied by large image of our ED at Cheltenham, discussed pressures and politics.
Thursday 16th April
Friday 17th April
Equipment puts staff on the right course (Citizen) p49
ERCP short wire course copy directly lifetd from our staff magazine Outline, with quote from Sister Eve Jones Morris. Hard copy only available from the Communications Team for ine week following publication.
Tweets of the week
On Friday I sent rightly justified gleaming feedback regarding the delivery suite. My wife is now on the maternity ward and the staff continue to be fantastic (given the obvious circumstance of a lack of staff), however, there are 2 major issues that in my (and other visitors views) are a cause for concern. Firstly the meals: for the last 3 days both lunch and dinner are served to the women just a couple of minutes before visiting times. Given visitors are only allowed on the ward from 1400 to 1500 and also from 1800 to 1900, surely it is not difficult to arrange for meals at least 30 minutes before hand - what I witnessed are all of the ladies getting stressed (or not eating at all) as a result and this could easily be avoided. Secondly, every single time somebody wants access to the ward, they are left waiting outside for at least 10 minutes when nobody answers the door bell intercom ( I myself on numerous occasions waited for 20 minutes, as did many other partners). It's no excuse that everybody is busy because everytime I eventually got into the ward, staff were sat around in the office next to reception. The access issue is completely counter productive because if it was managed efficiently and the partners didn't spend over an hour a day waiting outside the door, that would be an hour looking after their partners which would perhaps negate the need in many instances for the patients to call upon the staff. These two fundamental issues from my observations should be actioned and I would like feedback please to know that future patients and partners do not have to go through similar
Just to say thank you for the excellent prompt and friendly service I received - the appointment was made for the same day I called and was right on time. Keep the NHS for us