March 2016 Week 3

Saturday 12th March

Week in pictures (Echo) p18

Includes a photo taken outside CGH of two junior doctors protesting

NHS Protest set to take to the streets (Citizen) p7

Short news item highlighting the march

Gloucestershire doctors commended for research (Gazette series) 

Positive article follows a press release issued by the Communications Team

Sunday 13th March

Huge turnout from across Gloucestershire for anti-austerity march (Citizen) 

People marching in support of Junior doctors in Cheltenham

Hospital bosses told to improve as A&E waiting times soar in Gloucestershire (Echo)

The article highlights where we are in comparison to other hospitals regarding A&E waiting times

see also: Gloucestershire Royal 'amongst the worse for A&E waiting times (Citizen)

as before

Monday 14th March

Protesters hit streets to back junior doctors (Echo) p8

Near full page coverage of the march

see also: Calls for change at the very top in fight to protect NHS (Citizen) p6

As before

Tuesday 15th March 

Online reaction: Junior Doctors... (Echo & Citizen) p11

Comments from readers in support of the junior doctors.

Wednesday 16th March


Thursday 17th March

Of interest: Medical help is app hand without going to hospital (Citizen) p9

Full page article highlighting the Gloucester Health Access centre as an alternative to ED

Elderly people should be treated well in hospital (Echo Letters) p10

A reader writes about a negative experience  in a hospital - it does not mention which hospital but calls for better treatment for the elderley when in hospital


Friday 18th March

Rebecca motors in to give birth in car park at hospital (Citizen) p1&4

Two full pages focussed on a birth in our carpark aided by our midwife at GRH

see also: Baby Thomas quick to arrive in car park (Echo) p12



Staff at @gloshospitals can access parking permits quickly to make their work easier:…

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We get over 2,500 pieces of feedback from our patients every month through the Friends and Family Test! #NHSFFT

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Join us for our AHP event for interactive stands & to talk to professionals about H/C Science careers - 2nd April

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The best of luck to Jack, Alice, Sarah Jayne, Chevonne, Michelle, Nick and Lucy - all finalists at #swstarawards You're all winners to us!

Life-saving @gloshospitals A+E staff from #Cheltenham Hospital are running the @FoDHalf Please sponsor what you can!

It is #NHWeek & we're highlighting awareness about allergies and nutritional needs in our hospitals today

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We're encouraging our staff & patients to keep hydrated on 'Thirsty Thursday' plus Foster's are offering fresh fruit smoothies... #NHWeek

Let your local NHS hospital, GP or Dentist know what you think of their service. Have your say & complete the Friends & Family Test! #NHSFFT

Midwives delivered this lovely baby in our car park! Just another day at #TeamGlosHospitals


Proud to support @NatWorGroup and #CSEDay16 on Mar 18. Stop child sexual exploitation:


An open letter to Dr Frank Harsent.

Dear Mr Harsent,

In 27 years, I've been fortunate enough to never have to spend more than one day in hospital, that is until last month, when I gave birth to my son at Gloucstershire Royal.

My birth was traumatic, I'm terrified of needles, had planned for a drug-free water birth; but ended up being induced, rushed to delivery suite in the early hours of Valentine's Day, and poked and prodded "down there" by more people than I'd care to remember! Eventually I was sent for an emergency c-section. I won't lie - It wasn't fun.

However. I have never experienced such phenomenal care from a team of friendly, professional and dedicated staff. Each person I encountered was a credit to both your hospital and the NHS.

The wonderful midwives on delivery suite kept me calm through the hectic atmosphere, talking to me about music and weddings. An anesthetist called Tom gained my trust and reassured me as a panicked about surgery, and as I spent 3 days recovering whilst also trying to keep a little human alive for the first time, a midwife called Jackie helped me try to breastfeed and ultimately made my stay bearable. She was a ray of sunshine in what was a very traumatic and frightening few days.

My son is now a month old today. He is happy and healthy, but if it were not for the brilliant actions of your surgical staff in getting him out quickly, it might not have been such a happy ending.

I hope you realise what an incredible team you have working for you. I was made to feel like the most important person in the world during my short stay, and yet I'm sure my care was equal to every other patient on the ward.

We focus too often on the negatives, and I thought it right to make you aware of the things that your team have got just right.

Kindest Regards,
Melissa Hamblett


Karley Lewis

March 14 at 11:45pm



I had a fantastic experience on the birthing unit of GRH and also felt cared for in the 5 day stay me and my son had to endure due to his infection and jaundice! Lovely midwives, doctors, nurses and HCA's. Maybe encountered 1 grumpy lady but then we all have bad days! Proud of my local maternity unit ☺️



Emily Cooke

March 14 at 11:28pm



you deserve all the praise just wish I remember everyone else lol but always say to everyone even now how amazing you was for me and Riley xx



Emmi Davis

March 14 at 9:07pm



Sharon is amazing! I will never forget being forced to go back in the the ward due to Josh' weight loss. New years eve and i was all alone stuck in a room and lovely Sharon really helped me through and even got my sons tongue tie sorted so i didnt have to struggle for another two weeks. Think of you often sharon xx