Saturday 28th February
Smoking outside hospital buildings in the county 'remains a problem' (Citizen) p14
Patient's complain about smokers on site. With quote from Dr Sally Pearson. Hard copy features photo of smokers outside the Tower Block at GRH. Negative comment from readers.
See also: Patients ignore signs to stub out cigarettes (Echo) p15
Sunday 1st March
Monday 2nd March
A&E staff leave tears and drama at the door... (Citizen) p4&5
Full double page positive feature with staff from A&E and a promotional message regarding heath options for members of the public. Editior Jenny Eastwood comments: "Working in Accident and Emergency is one of the most stressful jobs in the NHS. We are eternally grateful to those dedicated people who work selflessly every day to patch us all back together again."
Maternity web (Echo & Citizen) p38
Short news item highlighting the newly updated maternity pages on our website. Hard copy only available from the Communications Team for one week following publication.
Midwife Dee retires after 40 years in the job (Citizen) p41
Article lifted directly from our staff magazine Outline, with quote from Matron Julia Preston. Hard copy only available from the Communications Team for one week following publication.
Hospital panoramic photograph providing distraction and enjoyment (BHH)
Covers the full size art installation at GRH
Tuesday 3rd March
Has donor been of help to you? (Citizen) p7
Short appeal by our OD committee asking people who have been involved in Organ donation to come out and talk about it. Hard copy only, available from the Communications Team for one week following publication.
We don't make a drama out of treating patients in Gloucestershire's A&E Departments (Echo) p18- 19
Positive double page feature (see previous day) as arranged by the Communications Department
Gloucestershire's A&E services haven't hit NHS waiting time targets once so for in 2015 (Echo)
Follows the release of perfomance figures in a GCCG report
Cheltenham nurse denies forging prescriptions for painkilling drugs (Echo)
coverage of the start of a fraud court case
Update on M5 crash: Birmingham man suffers leg and chest injuries and big delays for motorists (Echo)
With quote from a Trust spokesman reassuring patients with outpatient appointments who had been affected by the conjestion that we will do our best to see every patient even if they are late.
Lib Dem candidate Jeremy Hilton thanks shoppers who helped his mother after fall in Gloucester (Citizen)
At the end of the article he says: "My mother was then taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital where she received excellent treatment before being allowed to go home on the same day with no untoward and lasting damage.”
Wednesday 4th March
see also: Cheltenham nurse 'took advantage of working in a hospital to obtain drugs for herself, court is told (Echo) p2
A&E waits longer than 4 hour target nearly every day (Echo) p8
Follows the HCOSC meeting on Tuesday and County Councillor's who praised our hospitals for the work already undertaken but expressed disappointment that targets have not been hit.
Of interest: Plans revealed to put hospital pharmacies out to tender (Stroud News and Journal)
Focuses on Care Services
Thursday 5th March
Cancelled operations (BBC Radio Gloucestershire)
Negative news story more than 400 elective operations cancelled during the major incidents. Features a patient affected by the cancellations. journalist Chris Sandys spoke about haw hard it has been to get the figures. Main feature from 07.08am - 07.12am.
see also: BBC online
Hospital medics deny signing rare painkiller prescriptions (Echo) p4
Update of the Fraud case focussing on doctors from our hospitals who have given evidence.
Major challenges as A&E struggles to hit its targets (Citizen) p2
Follows the HCOSC meeting on Tuesday and County Councillor's who praised our hospitals for the work already undertaken but expressed disappointment that targets have not been hit (as per previous day)
Hospital crisis led to 436 cancelled operations in Gloucestershire in early 2015 (Citizen)
Summary of the BBC story.
Friday 6th March
NHS recruits 200 Filipino nurses for county's hospitals (Citizen) p9
News taken from the HCOSC meeting on Tuesday following a discussion on seven day services and staffing shortages. Half page article with photograph and quote of our Chief Executive. Also features a line to encourage interested nurses to email us for more information.
(See also) Filipino nurses recruited to ease shortage in hospitals (Echo) p4
Weight loss patients praise team (Citizen) p21
Our specialist weight management team is praised in a short news item with photo of dietitian Janet Passey. Hard copy only available from the Communications Team for one week following publication.
Nurse on trial for allegedly forging prescriptions 'burst into tears' when confronted by colleague (Echo) p19
Ongoing coverage of the trial.
Tweets of the week
commenting on the shared article on our ED team:
Always been brilliant when ever we have had to attend Gloustershire Royal
March 4 at 5:59am
We had to take my son to A&E early on Monday morning, fantastic service, seen, Xrayed, reviewed and discharged in 45min and everyone we met was lovely, thank you all.
This may seem insignificant to you but quite a few of us enjoy corn f flakes for breakfast and after complaining when they didnothave any for 3 days running we have still had another two mornings with no corn flakes. Is it not time that management did the job they are paid for and looked after the patients interacts. This comes down to laziness and a I don't care at itude which seems to be rife through this ward at least
Hello, I just wanted to say thank you to the staff on Prescott ward at CGH. I do not like staying in hospital but the nurses especially made my short stay much easier. I think good service should be recognised :). Thank you, Laura