June Week 3

Saturday 13th June

 Investigation into A&E Waiting times (Echo) p11

Following on from the article last week, readers provide feedback, 3/4 were positive.

Sunday 14th June

None

Monday 15th June

None

Tuesday 16th June

Stop knocking NHS, roll up sleeves and pitch in (Citizen) p10

Readers letter from a former patient who responds to criticism of our A&Es following the Monitor announcement. The reader describes his positive patient experience  in detail. He says: "We have a wonderful crowd of NHS people, working most of the time at full stretch in our A&E. So no more words, roll up your sleeves, pitch in to the A&E and find out what it's like to work for a living in the reality of A&E. The Outpatients fracture clinic staff are a real bunch of darlings... so please stop knocking the NHS.

Behind closed doors conference (BBC Radio Gloucestershire)

Our HR Director Dave Smith talks about supporting staff experiencing domestic abuse, our safeguarding policy and attending the conference. Positive pre-recorded interview on the Mark Cummings Show used in the feature and news bulletins as top story.

Wednesday 17th June

Staff trained to join fraud fight (Echo & Citizen) p15

News item lifted from Outline Magazine with quote from Local Counter Fraud Specialist Sallie Cheung.

Spotlight on learning disabled  (Echo & Citizen) p15

News item lifted from Outline Magazine regarding Learning Disability Awareness Week with quote from Jan Marriott.

Thank you to staff for fantastic care (Echo) p10

Relative writes to the paper to "thank the angels on ward 8b at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital for the love, care and dedication they all showed my dad Richard Barker."

Thursday 18th June

Gloucestershire hospital staff need three forms of ID to access new system (Echo) 

Article about the new Smartcare system and the checks we are undertaking.

Fitness at work (BBC Radio Gloucestershire)

Feature following their news story earlier this month about sickness absence. Positive coverage of a fitness at work event called 'workout at work' at our hospitals with interviews with our Physiotherapists.

Friday 19th June

Damning report says Gloucestershire Hospitals 'require improvement' (Gazette)

Article looking at the CQC report into our hospitals. States: Though nearly two thirds of the service is rated either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ in today's report, more than one third is rated ‘requiring improvement’ – the latter being the trust’s overall rating. The CQC inspected 78 individual domains or services in Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Cheltenham General Hospital and Stroud Maternity Unit. Fifty one are rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ making Gloucestershire the only county in the South West region to receive the CQC’s highest rating.

A&E must improve BBC Radio Gloucestershire (BBC Radio Gloucestershire)

Dr Clare Feeley from Healthwatch Gloucestershire is interviewed about the report at 7.40am and mentions it is the whole of the health system that needs to work together to develop a solution. Interviewee from the CQC too raising positives and negatives. Also mentions outstanding and good care, plus some national issues regarding the recruitment of consultants. Dr Frank Harsent is interviewed live after 8am.

See also: Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 'requires improvement' (BBC News)

News item outlining the above with quote from our Chief Executive.

Overcrowding and end-of-life care in need of improving at Gloucestershire Hospitals (Citizen) p15

As above - also calls for readers to share their experience of care at CGH

Health watchdog says Cheltenham General Hospital requires improvement (Echo)

see also: Hard copy headline differs: A&E must improve p1, 4, 5 & 10

Large spread breaks down the report plus Echo editorial comment which is balanced and supportive.

Maternity care five-star, even in the early hours (Citizen) p10

Large, positive letter about the positive care a new mum received at our Stroud Maternity Unit.

Health watchdog says Stroud Maternity Unit and other Gloucestershire Hospitals require improvement (Stroud News & Journal)

Article focusses on the overall rating

Gloucestershire Hospitals requires improvement (BBC Points West)

As above with on-camera interview with Dr Frank Harsent

Gloucestershire A&E waiting times must improve, says report (ITV News)

As above with on-camera interview with Dr Frank Harsent

Pressures on A&E and beds flagged in Gloucestershire (Nursing Times)


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