November 2014 Week 2

Saturday 1st November

Hospital staff in running for prize (Echo & Citizen) p2

Another article lifted from our staff magazine Outline on our staff survey and the golden ticket 


Of interest: Erotic author Dawn I Maith gives her seven top tips for writing saucy fiction

Dawn is a nurse at GRH


Sunday 2nd November


Monday 3rd November

Why take so long to fix hospital lifts? (Citizen) p10

Letters page, reader is incredulous that the lift repair programme at GRH will not be completed until June.


Tuesday 4th November

Operating theatres reopen soon after £1.6m upgrade (Echo & Citizen) p20

Positive, photo-led piece heralding the reopening of the refurbished theatres at CGH as organised by the Communications Team.


Norovirus has hit the region hard (Swindon Advertiser)

Primarily focused on Great Western Hospital, the article states that there ‘were 81 outbreaks which resulted in a ward or bay closing in the 12 months before August this year in the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire region’.


Hospital parking charges unfair (Citizen) p10

Letter from reader calling for hospital parking charges to be abolished. Hard copy only.


Children’s Centre staff have a ball marking decade (Citizen) p5

Short news item with photo of organisers Emily Stevens and Faye Anderson and a quote from Divisional Director Paul Byrne (as provided by our Communications Team)


New data reveals obese youngsters going under knife (Echo) p18

National story with local stats on bariatric surgery in the county as provided in a quote from Consultant Surgeon Richard Welbourn.


Wednesday 5th November

Keith Humphris from Cheltenham seeks answers after double hip replacement caused so much pain he had to give up running Greatfield Farm Shop in Up Hatherley (Echo) p1, 3 & 10

Former patient had two hip operations at CGH six years ago and complications following what the paper describes as ‘mix and match’ procedures. Heavy criticism of the regulatory body MHRA and quote. Also features quote from Trust spokesman regarding ongoing legal action.  Also Editorial comment on Mr Humphris’ experience.

County’s hospitals rubbish Labour’s cancer diagnosis claims (Citizen) p23

News item on waiting times for cancer diagnosis features a comment from a Trust spokesman disputing cancer figures presented by Labour’s shadow health spokesman in the county Lesley Williams.


Thursday 6th November


On the day cancellations at Gloucestershire Hospitals (BBC Radio Gloucestershire)

Follows discussion at our October public Board Meeting. Audio available for six days following broadcast.


Friday 7th November

Op cancellations up 30pc as NHS ‘under pressure’ (Echo) p9

Follows BBC Radio Gloucestershire coverage with comment from Trust spokeswoman as provided by our Communications Team.


Extra £300 million to ease pressure on the demands of winter on the NHS (Echo)

Short localisation of the national announcement using part of the quote as highlighted above.


Staff Awards coverage (BBC Radio Gloucestershire)

Claire Carter joined us at our Staff Awards on Thursday evening and interviewed Lucy Mathieson about the Caring Chorus. Audio available for six days following broadcast. 




Sue Merrett

November 12 at 10:52am

I would like to thank the staff on ward 9b on behalf of my mother in law for the care during her stay, she felt all the staff were very kind and helpful, very friendly and supportive too.

Fantastic performance once again from our Choir, Caring Chorus last night at the Staff Awards at Kingsholm! Fancy being part of this joint initiative with Gloucester Cathedral? Find out more:
Thanks to everyone who came to our Staff Awards last night at Kingsholm. All the winners are detailed here and some of them featured below:
Congratulations to all the shortlisted candidates and the winners. Photos of the event to follow!
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stephanie crane

Would like Tiffany Cairns from A & E dept to receive a very big thank you for being extremely patient, humerous and professional when I attended with a damaged knee around 6am this morning, I'm not a good patient as she found out but she was totally sympathetic without making me feel a nuisance or in the way, she was also very knowledgeable and thorough and I immediately felt in safe hands. If you have any sort of award to offer staff, please put this forward as evidence. Thank you.


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