February Week 1
Saturday 31st January
Of interest: Hospital Trust £27.6M in the red (Malvern Gazette)
A campaigner is quoted as saying:
he believed a complete revamp of the way the NHS in the county is run – such as merging parts of the county with other health trusts in Birmingham or elsewhere – was the only answer, Mr Stote said: “It’s time to grow up.
“If it says Birmingham, Gloucester or Cheltenham name above the door doesn’t really matter as long as the services are sustainable".
Concern over new major incident guidelines (Evesham Journal)
Article mentions: Trusts in Herefordshire and Gloucestershire were among those declaring such incidents earlier this month, but Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust – the organisation running Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Kidderminster Hospital and Redditch’s Alexandra Hospital – avoided doing so.
Sunday 1st February
Of interest: England's Glory pub be brought into the 21st century (Citizen)
Article states: New furniture and a refurbished function room are also on the cards for England’s Glory, which is popular with nurses from the nearby Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
Family pays tribite to Derek Goddard (Echo)
The Goddard family pay tribute to his care at CGH:
The family wishes to thank the staff at Cheltenham General Hospital, who took care of Derek in his last days.
Sophie said: “They were excellent in their care of dad, and we will always be grateful to them all".
Monday 2nd February
Tuesday 3rd February
Closure of 22 hospitals cause of Gloucestershire A&E crisis says activists 38 Degrees (Citizen)
The group looked at the past 40 years and calls for calls to bring back more community homes and hospitals. With a joint statement from the CCG, GCS and our Trust.
Wednesday 4th February
Patients urged to choose well with A&E departments in the county still under 'significant pressure' (Citizen)
Health community press release asking people to think before they use A&E with quote from Dr Tom Llewellyn.
Thursday 5th February
NHS can't cope in this cold snap (Citizen) p10
Letters page, reader raises issues regarding pressure on the NHS and relates it to politicians. Hard copy only, available from the Communications Team for one week following publication.
Friday 6th February
Kevin kicks off hospital fundraiser (Echo) p8
A patient with leukaemia is raising money for the hospital by holding a car boot event and a raffle. He said: "It's my way of saying thank you to the doctors who are looking after me and other patients in Gloucestershire." Hard copy only available from the Communications Team for one week following publication.
Under pressure A&E emergency plea to patients (Citizen) p9
Follows a joint press release, explains the A&Es are under pressure and advises readers on alternative choices. Reflects on January wait times and says the major incident saw waiting times at GRH 'spiral towards six hours'. Hard copy only available from the Communications Team for one week following publication.
Tweets of the week
I have been treated so well and even how ill I was there have made me so much better thank u
Want to say thank you to the midwives and Dr Chris working in triage this morning, in the women's centre. Your kind words and reassurance following a stressful few days were wonderful.
Shocking service so far!! My partner has today been forgotten, ignored, lied to and generally not well treated. The place is busy. I accept that. But on admission to a and e why not ask me to take him somewhere else??
Thanks to the staff of Prescott Ward for looking after me for a week. They were always kind and caring to me and especially to some of the more challenging elderly patients and those with dementia.
Can I say a big thank you to mr Charlie hall and ALL his team from domestic,s to surgeons on ward 2b you are so caring and professional, absolute credit to gloucester hospital and our NHS. Could not have had a service if we had paid private.
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