Gloucestershire NHS apprentices best in the South West

Three Gloucestershire NHS apprentices were awarded for their commitment and service to the NHS at a special regional awards ceremony. Jess Carmen, Meg Cooke and Amanda Spencer, from Gloucestershire Care Services...

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Announcement of new Joint Chief Executive

    Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and 2gether NHS Foundation Trust are delighted to announce the appointment of a Joint Chief Executive for both organisations. Paul Roberts has been selected in the...

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Gloucestershire’s Stop Smoking Service is celebrating meeting its annual target after helping more than 3,300 people on the path to quitting.

The countywide service, which provides medication and support for people who want to give up, is set targets for the number of people who manage to get through four weeks smoke free.

This year the service exceeded its target by helping 3,302 people in the county reach the four-week target, which is set as it is shown to be a reliable indicator for giving up smoking long-term.
Elaine Watson, from the Stop Smoking Service, said: “Hitting our target for four-week quitters is brilliant news – all the evidence shows that people who manage to stop smoking for four weeks have a high chance of going on to quit permanently.

“Those 3,302 people have done brilliantly, but they are not the whole story. Our advisors are talking to people all the time – smokers who are just starting to think about quitting, or not really thinking about it at all, as well as those trying to give up.

“We welcome the opportunity to talk to people who smoke and I’d like to thank everyone who has contacted the service over the last year for taking steps towards giving up.”

When someone wants to quit, the Stop Smoking Service will work with someone for 12 weeks providing advice and support. Medication, such as nicotine replacement therapy and Champix, is also available for the price of a prescription.

The service has helped over 30,000 people to quit smoking since its start in 2000 and has a long history of achievement in providing outstanding care. This is reflected in service user experience with 85 per cent rating their overall care as excellent and the remaining 15 per cent rating it as good.

To contact the Stop Smoking Service:

Tel: 0300 421 0040
Twitter: @stopsmokingglos
Facebook: Search Gloucestershire Stop Smoking Service
Address: Quit Shop, Southgate Street, Gloucester


Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust has today published its first annual report and quality account.

The Trust runs seven community hospitals and a range of other services from community nursing and health visiting to physiotherapy and adult social care.

Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust was represented at a parliamentary event to promote improved heart failure services across the country.

Head of Specialist Services Annie MacCallum was a guest at the UK Heart Failure Parliamentary Reception on Tuesday 10 June, hosted by Stroud MP Neil Carmichael, which gave policymakers the chance to learn about the importance of access to early diagnosis and specialist treatment as well as data about the national picture for heart failure across the UK.

Your community hospital in Dursley is in need for a name for its ward and you could be the one to provide it!

Vale Community Hospital opened in December 2011 after a £10m building project but has yet to find a suitable name for its 20-bed ward.

Now the League of Friends of Vale Hospital are inviting people to propose a name for the ward and are set to pick a winner later this month.

Member of the adult speech and language team highlighted their work with head and neck cancer patients at Cheltenham Science Festival over the weekend.

The team were part of a joint display with colleagues from the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) department from Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals NHS Trust at the 'Extraordinary Everyday' event.

Stroud Hospital’s League of Friends put a smile on the face of the town’s community dental team with a presentation of new equipment.

The team, based at the recently completed Redwood House building at Beeches Green, received a ‘saddle’ seat and dental loupe headset thanks to money raised by the League.

The community dental service in Stroud offers NHS dental treatment for people of all ages with special needs because of a mental or physical condition, as well as domiciliary care for people who are unable to leave their homes.

The Chair of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust paid tribute to the hundreds of volunteers working across the organisation as National Volunteers’ Week got underway.

Ingrid Barker said: “Our 300 volunteers are an essential part of the trust and help maintain vital links between services and the people of Gloucestershire.

“We are fortunate to have the support of a large and committed number of volunteers who do outstanding work to support the trust and whose connection with their local community gives us a greater understanding of the people we serve.”

A former sister at Stroud General Hospital delighted her former colleagues with her generosity after a £11,000 donation.

Thelma Cowley retired as the senior sister for casualty and outpatients department in 1993 having spent 23 years at the hospital.

But in May she returned to the hospital, run by Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, to present three Stryker Prime x-Ray stretcher trolleys thanks to money she donated to the League of Friends.