November Week 3
Saturday 14th November
Vomiting bug on rise in hospitals (Citizen) p9
The local paper has incorrectly reported on restricted visiting at our hospitals in this short news item.
Sunday 15th November
Monday 16th November
Health alert on taking antibiotics (Echo & Citizen) p19
News item lifted from our staff Magazine Outline (incorrectly names us Gloucester NHS Trust) however raises awareness of our staff's activities across this week (Antibiotic Awareness Week) and quotes Dr Alan Lees.
Hospital is set to provide surgery (Echo & Citizen) p18
Short news item regarding the commissioning of our services at Cirencester hospital.
WiFi going live in our hospitals (Citizen) p9
Short news item regarding SmartCare lifted directly from our Staff magazine Outline.
Tuesday 17th November
Wednesday 18th November
Gloucestershire's inspirational healthcare heroes honoured at award ceremony (Stroud News and Journal)
Positive news feature following the Staff Awards with photo gallery and full overview of the winners and the night - follows press release issued by the Communications Team.
Gloucestershire NHS launch ASAP campaign (Stroud News and Journal)
Article follows a joint press release issued by GCCG
On an average day, we deliver 17 babies, perform 230 operations, see 130 children in clinic, run 3000 outpatient appointments, process 6000 pathology requests and see more than 330 patients in our emergency departments.
As well as treating these many thousands of patients who come into our hospitals every year, we have a wider responsibility for health and wellbeing. Take a look at this short film about how we're committed to improving lives: https://youtu.be/FlZMt4JGk7s
Mr Mark Kemble Excellent Service All round
I wanted to write to say what a fantastic expereince I had of your servies. I was refered to a consultant ( Mr Mark Singh) in June of this year and had an operation in August. I received excellent care and attention from my first visit. The consultant was excellent, very thorough, proffesional and down to earth. He also had a brilliant sense of humour and reassuring manner. The nursing staff were kind, helpful, supportive and generally lovely individuals. I was admitted for day surgery in August onto Orchard Ward in Gloucester Royal. I was admitted at 8.00am, saw the nurse at 8.10am, the anaesthetist at 8.20am and Dr Singh @ 8.40am. Everything was super quick and efficent and I was so pleased with the service provided. I would recommend the hospital to all friends and family. Please pass on my thanks to all those that I have mentioned.
Sean shelley Phlebotomy
Hi I visited the phlebotomy unit today at grh With my daughter Abigail who was very nervous and had to sit in the waiting room listening to another young girl screaming whilst having a blood sample taken. The phlebotomist who took blood from my daughter was fantastic ,calm and very professional. She noticed that my daughters lips were pale and asked my daughter if she felt faint. She did and I was sent to get water and after a while she was ok to go. The phlebotomist was oriental looking so please pass on my gratitude. I personally use the Edward Jenner unit regularly and fedback about hygiene in the past but I also believe in praise and regognition when a good job has been done. Best regards Sean shelley
Mrs Elizabeth Bassett: rude, bullying a&e staff
Yesterday evening, 12/11/15 my neighbour took me to a&e as there were no go appointment and I was in severe pain with a knee joint flare up. I am CALR positive for essential thrombocythemia which makes me prone to bleeds. After a bleed in the brain triggered by a slip in the bath and when I was bruising badly due to anti inflammatory, I was advised not to take NSAIDS etc. Consequently I need expert help with a bad arthritic flare up as paracetamol does not diminish the pain. Yesterday I was in agony, I couldn't move my knee without feeling faint, just staying still was painful and I felt sick. I phoned my neighbour as I was trapped on the sofa unable to straighten my knee as that pain was worse than keeping it bent. I couldn't put any weight on the left leg, and my neighbour and het husband lifted me and I partly hoped, and managed to get to Gloucester. The SHO was empathetic and understood the situation, but every suggestion he made, he later reported had been blocked by his boss. I was given codeine, but an hour later I was still in agony. Two women, at least I thought it was two as I was feeling faint, came to see me at different times. I was cross examined by one as though I was some petty criminal over seeing a rheumatologist some ten years plus ago. And of course the NSAIDs he recommended were no longer a safe drug for me. They brought in a to later and I was was scolded like a naughty school girl because I couldn't cope with the pain of straightening my knee and putting weight through it. They didn't believe me that the codeine had not stopped the pain and refused any other form of painkiller, although through my neighbour's insistence prescribed tramadol. I explained I was a widowed oap, alone and needed some relief from the pain so I could manage to get to the loo and feed myself. One woman in dark blue said I could be assessed and kept in, but this was doubtful and suggested in a threatening manner. How can I ensure nobody else is treated like a naughty child. 2/13 the staff were kinder, but put me through agony he'll when it took them 8 hours to diagnose my stroke despite my GP sending me in an ambulance as she suspected a stroke.