June Week 4
Saturday 20th June
Story time will de-stress NHS (Echo & Citizen) p26
Article lifted from Outline magazine regarding our Annual book challenge for staff.
Facebook reaction to the Echo's top stories: Watchdog looks at town hospital (Echo) p11
Following the article last week, the paper shows a selection of five entirely positive patient experiences.
ID check as NHS staff sign up to electronic patient records (Echo) p5
Short summary article based on an article published in the Citizen last week.
Sunday 21st June
Monday 22nd June
Tuesday 23rd June
Gloucestershire Doctor treats some of the world's poorest (Citizen)
Double page positive feature as arranged by our communications team on Dr Elaine Smith and her charitable work.
Call the modern midwives (Echo)
Double page spread, positive feature based on our midwives at Stroud Maternity Unit as arranged by our communications team.
Wednesday 24th June
GPs increase cancer watch (Echo & Citizen) p22
Article looks at a new GP-led approach to diagnosing cancer - mentions the CCG are working with us to develop new referral processes and robust referral routes.
Thursday 25th June
Hospitals admit major blunders (Echo & Citizen) p22
Follows an FOI request into Never Events.
A great team (Citizen) p10
Letters page, reader praises the team a Stroud Maternity Unit following the article earlier this week. Referring to her birthing experience, the reader writes: "it was so much nicer, calm and relaxed being there and they are all so helpful and lovely. Thanks to all at Stroud Maternity again."
Friday 26th June
Hospitals back campaign to allow carers overnight stay with patients (Echo & Citizen) p28
With quote from our Head of Patient experience Heather Beer - positive news item following a press release issued by our Communications Team on johnscampaign.co.uk
Should be able to trust hospitals (Citizen) p10
Letter from reader in response to the article (see above). Expresses concern about the safety of patients.
Tweets of the week
There's a coffee morning at Cheltenham Aveta Birth Centre on Monday 29th June from 10.30am til 12 midday.
If you're pregnant, why not come along, meet our lovely midwives and talk to mums who have recently used our services. You can also take the opportunity to see the inspiring, calm and comfortable rooms and discuss your birth options with our staff.
It's in the parentcraft room, and for those driving, the postcode is GL53 7AN. If you're walking, the closest entrance is on Keynsham Road, close to the Lido. Please share!
I haven't always been comfortable with the care as the surgeons have sometimes given the impression of not listening to me. However, yesterday Mr Knudsen excelled in listening to me, checking me over, answering questions, and I felt greatly advised me on a suitable approach to resolve my difficulties. Very many thanks.
Very many thanks
I wanted to thank you for the excellent service and care that you gave my wife and one of my children on 4th June. My wife had a head injury and was seen in Cheltenham A & E within 15 minutes and received immediate care from a Doctor whilst my daughter received care from a nurse (Jill, she was fantastic!) to cuts to her arm. The service and care was first class and I wanted to write to thank you as there are so many negative reports about the NHS but the opposite has been our experience. Kind regards Alasdair Garbutt
Overdose of Ramipril while in Acute Care Unit on Fri 19th June
I was on the ACU on Friday evening When the nurse came to give me my tablets. She mentioned that my dose seemed high for Ramipril and I said that I usually only tale 1 tablet. She explained that she didn't have any of the prescribed dose hence the 5 smaller ones to make up the 25 mg. I took the tablets. A couple of hours later I was still thinking about the dose when I remembered that I had a prescription receipt in my wallet. I checked this and it said that my Ramipril dose should have been 2.5mg, not 25mg. I called the nurse as soon as I realised the error in my dose. She showed me the notes in my folder which clearly showed 25mg. The nurse then contacted a doctor who came and explained that they would have to monitor my blood pressure and kidney function through the night whilst on a saline drip to see if there would be any impact of the overdose. I provided 2 bottles of urine overnight which I believe were tested. I was discharged on Saturday morning just before 10 am with no apparent damage caused.
I made a call to PALS this morning and I was listened to and then given advice by the person on the end of the phone, but they lacked any real compassion or tacked, they may as well have been selling washing machines, I've heard automated answering machines with more feelings, thanks anyway. Regards Mike