January 2016 Week 2

Saturday 9th January

Patients urged to us Glos A&E departments for serious conditions during strike (Citizen) p2

A summary of the anticipated industrial action. Online version is longer than the printed version.

Unit marks fifth birthday with party (Citizen) p5

Short news item regarding GRH's birth Unit with a quote from Midwife Nikki Dobson.

Sunday 10th January


Monday 11th January

Junior Doctors get ready to support strike action (Echo) p5

Article quotes a junior doctor from CGH and speculates over the number of junior doctors likely to go on strike tomorrow.

see also: Doctors striking with heavy heart (Echo editorial) p10

Pro- junior doctor's comment.

Doctors picket hospital on day of strike action (Citizen) p2

Double page spread focussed on GRH

Cold weather advice issued by the NHS (Citizen) p5

Short news item advising getting the flu jab and drinking hot drinks

A&E departments in Gloucestershire miss four hour waiting times targets (Citizen) 

As above, in advance of the HOSC meeting on Tuesday 12th.

Air ambulance charity attends 86 life-saving incidents... (Bath Chronicle) 

Talks about landing at our hospitals amongst others.

Tuesday 12th January

'Please consider alternatives to A&E during doctors' strike' (Echo) p22

Article quotes Jeremy Hunt and a Trust spokesman regarding the strikes.

Get quicker help other than at A&E (Citizen) p18

Short news item with photo of Dr Tom Llewellyn encouraging people in the county to use ASAP or dial 111 if needing non-urgent treatment rather than to go to A&E. Taken from a short video and promoted by our Communications Team.

Cooperation to relieve queue at A&E as wait targets missed (Citizen) p15

Article focusses on actions being taken across the county following a joint-NHS press release.

Big Interview: Care and hope to help the healing (Citizen) p12-13

Positive double page feature with interviews and photos featuring our Chaplaincy team as arranged by our Communications Team.

Hospitals prepare for junior docs' walkout (Citizen) p3

Photo and interview re-run of Junior Dr Craig Milller from CGH.

Junior doctors on strike in Gloucestershire (Stroud Life) 

As above with photo taken at GRH

Wednesday 13th January

Junior doctors strike in row on contract changes (Echo) p2 & 4

Photos of picketers at CGH and marching along the Prom.

Thursday 14th January

Mums invited to birth unit party (Echo & Citizen) p23

Short news item with a photo regarding an event in the Birth Unit at GRH, follows press release issued by our Communications Team.

House notes (Echo) p11

MP Alex Chalk talks about mental health investment in EDs and later on babies who are tongue tied and how in the past 'the problem was usually fixed with a midwife's fingernail'. He has heard lots of stories of delays to treatment and calls for this to be improved.

Meanwhile: Issue Highlights lack of midwives (Echo) p10

Editorial discussed Alex's thoughts on tongue-tie and states 'the problem is apparently a lack of midwives in Gloucestershire. It is a symptom of a national midwife shortage and is easily fixed.' The editor calls on readers to get in touch if this had been an issue for them.

Health Chiefs issue cold weather alert for Gloucestershire (Citizen) 

Article highlights a health alert and advises on tips to stay well throughout this colder weather.

Healthwatch and HCOSC (BBC Radio Gloucestershire)

Claire Feehily interviewed on the Drivetime programme (49mins in) following this week’s HCOSC

Friday 15th January

62 day cancer target (BBC Radio Gloucestershire)

Charlie Chan talked through the subject on the Breakfast Show (from 8.07am)

'Unacceptable' stories from leaving hospitals (Citizen) p13

Healthwatch Gloucestershire criticises the lack of care in the community for patients following discharge from our hospitals and concerns regarding transportation - it also call for inmproved communications between our hospitals and partner providers during discharge. Features a quote from our Chief Executive.


Thank you @WRFCA! We're proud to support our medical reservists and delighted to have won this prestigious award. twitter.com/DRM_Support/st…

Congratulations to all of the 2015 #DefenceERS Gold Award winners. Thank you for your amazing support. pic.twitter.com/h4MMThkTR4


#CheltenhamHospital selfie from Coast & me..great appt, super docs & nurses..no sign of any ill effect from strike pic.twitter.com/q1FHHdvEvo

Media preview

Massive thanks 2 @gloshospitals following my first op on Monday. So busy, over worked & stretched but still delivered A* service 👍👏💪

Every job at @gloshospitals is advertised online. Our current vacancies are available here: jobs.nhs.uk/extsearch?clie… pic.twitter.com/P8HHB5N8Mr

Media preview



Cannot fault Sian the diabetes specialist nurse! When I got to work this morning my blood testing meter wouldn't work. I nipped over to the DM dept to see if I could borrow one till I could buy a new one, but she went one step further and gave me a new meter!! Great service, thanks Sian!! 

Calling all mums who gave birth at our lovely midwife led Birth Unit at GRH in January or February 2011!
We're having an event this Sunday 17th Jan at 3pm to mark our 5th anniversary, and would love for mums and their families (who gave birth at the unit in those months in 2011) to come along to help us celebrate!
Take a tour of the great facilities in our Gloucester Royal women's centre here:http://bit.ly/1OO3ICU
If you'd like more info, click here: info: http://bit.ly/1RsbaZp or to contact us: comms@glos.nhs.uk