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Repair work to the flooring on the first floor of Tewkesbury Community Hospital commenced in early July, and service users requiring inpatient care have been accommodated in an alternative care setting at Cirencester Hospital during this time. 

The operating theatre suite, which is also located on the first floor, will be closed for a short period to enable the work to be finished as quickly as possible.

To minimise the impact on patient care, The Trust has engaged Vanguard Healthcare to provide a mobile operating theatre unit on the Tewkesbury Community Hospital site, in order to ensure local access to day surgery procedures are maintained during the period of time that the theatre suite is temporarily closed. 

The unit, supplied by Vanguard Healthcare in Gloucester, is a combination of a mobile theatre and six-bed mobile surgical ward, which can function as a standalone facility. Vanguard has significant experience providing additional capacity to healthcare facilities during periods of refurbishment to assist with maintaining patient flow and delivering the highest standards of patient care. Over 250 thousand procedures have taken place in Vanguard units across the UK to date.

Julie Ellery, Matron of the Hospital, said: “Our priority is to ensure we are delivering safe and effective care whilst the repair work is completed at Tewkesbury Community Hospital. The Vanguard unit provides a high standard, clinical environment.

Service users who are due to have minor surgery will be able to continue to access Tewkesbury Community Hospital services as they do now. The unit also offers post-operation recovery space for six patients.

Seddon Construction Limited is confident that we can meet our original three month programme of work deadline, and we anticipate the ward and theatre will fully reopen by mid-October.”

The mobile chemotherapy unit has been visiting the Hospital site for several years, and enables patients to have treatment closer to home.

 

21 August 2017 




The county’s health visitors will be on a high street near you over the next couple of weeks, and they’re inviting everyone along to meet the team and find out more about the service.  

Health visitors are registered nurses or midwives and come from a wide range of backgrounds and experience in different areas of nursing. They work in teams for a particular community and have extensive knowledge about particular geographical area and other services there.

Health visitors support those with young children aged 0-5 years live as healthy a life as possible, both physically and emotionally, by listening to any worries or concerns. It is an important service for families, as Cheltenham Health Visitor Liz says ” we’re skilled and knowledgeable in the emotional, social and physical development of children and in supporting parents to help children reach their full potential.”

To celebrate national Health Visiting Week, the teams will be out in the community to answer your questions. It is an opportunity not to be missed, as Health Visitor Sandra says” “we are there to listen, talk and support you with your health and your child’s health and development. We look forward to meeting our local communities over the next week!” 

Pop along to any of the following events to meet your local team: 

Date: Tuesday 22 August

Location: Stratford Park, Stroud

Time: 11.30am-2pm

 

Date: Wednesday 23 August

Location: Cheltenham High Street

Time: 11.30am-2pm

 

Date: Thursday 24 August

Location: Gloucester Cross

Time: 9am-3pm

Date: Friday 25 August

Location: Outside Tesco's, Stow on the Wold

Time: 10am-12pm

 

Date: Tuesday 29 August

Location: Cinderford Triangle

Time: 11.30am-4pm

 

Date: Wednesday 30 August

Location, Opposite Barclays Bank, Dursley

Time: 1-3pm

 

Date: Thursday 31 August

Location: Spring Gardens Car Park, Tewkesbury

Time: 11.30am-1pm

 

Dilke Memorial Hospital Minor Injuries and Illness Unit (MIIU) is set to reopen on Monday 14 August following a six-week refurbishment project. Dilke small

Work to upgrade the unit began on Saturday 1 July and includes a new assessment and triage facility, a dedicated waiting room and play area for children and an improved reception area.

Matron Cheryl Haswell said: “The team is grateful that people have been understanding during this period and have used alternative MIIUs or other services.

“I’m happy to say that we are planning to reopening Dilke MIIU on time as intended. We are extremely pleased with the result and I’m sure that people visiting the unit will appreciate all the work that has been done.”

The MIIU will re-open from 8am on Monday 14 August. In the meantime, patients can attend:

MIIU at Lydney and District Hospital – open from 8am to 11pm

MIIU at Tewkesbury Community Hospital – open from 8am to 8pm

MIIUs provide care and treatment for sprains, cuts and wounds, skin problems, minor eye injuries and minor fractures, as well as for illnesses such as chest infections, sore throats and minor infections. They see adults and children aged 1+

Patients can also:

Go online for care advice at:

- the national website NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk)

- the local website ‘Advice ASAP’ (www.asapglos.nhs.uk)

- the ‘ASAP Glos NHS’ mobile app

Dial 111 for NHS 111 non-emergency advice

Contact the Out of Hours medical (GP) service via your local practice or NHS 111

Dial 999 for life-threatening emergencies

Attend A&E for emergency care.

 

31 July 2017 

 





A portrait of a trainee nurse at Cirencester Hospital in the 1940s has been restored and reframed to its former glory. Cirencester Painting Unveiling small

The painting shows Joan Walsh (nee Saxton), originally from Berkley, as a student nurse. Joan trained at the hospital for three years before qualifying as a Senior Registered Nurse in 1949. Artist Frank Cadagon Cowper was recovering at Cirencester after an operation and painted Joan during his stay. He later donated the portrait to the hospital. 

Joan’s son Patrick Walsh, along with his wife Teri, tracked down the portrait at Cirencester after Joan’s death and decided to get the painting restored, with the support of the hospital. Local picture restorer Pippa Jefferies discovered the painting had water damage, was discoloured and dirty, and carried out the necessary repairs. While the frame could not be saved, Mark Fisher from the Gilders Studio in Cheltenham created a new one and managed to keep the original label. 

Patrick unveiled the restored portrait to family, friends and hospital staff. He said “I’m sure my mother would say what a fuss this was about her picture but she would be very pleased that it is still loved by the hospital and its visitors over 70 years after it was painted. Thank you to everyone for supporting this project.” 

Donna Nicholas, Senior Sister at Cirencester Hospital said “This painting is a favourite among many of the staff, myself included, and we are delighted it has been restored. 

It often makes me reflect on how different nursing was when Joan was a trainee, but how nurses have always been supported by patients, visitors and the public.”

 

26 July 2017

 

We are running an event (flyer attached here) where we want to hear from local people about what it’s like to grow older and live with a health condition in their communities. We also want to explore “what is frailty?” and find out how health, social and community services can support local people, particularly those registered at the following practices:

College Yard Surgery

Churchdown Surgery

Longlevens Surgery

Cheltenham Road Surgery

Hucclecote Surgery

Gloucester Health Access Centre

Brockworth Surgery

The event which will be taking place between 10.30am – 1.30 pm on Friday 21 July at Churchdown Community Centre, Gloucester, GL3 2JH. Lunch will be provided and transport can be arranged.  

If require any further information about this event or if you would like to confirm your attendance then please telephone 0300 421 8265 or email rachel.merchant@glos-care.nhs.uk.  

 

Tewks very smallWe have identified the need to undertake some repair work to the flooring on the first floor of Tewkesbury Community Hospital. The first floor accommodates a 20-bed inpatient ward and an operating theatre suite. We want to complete this work before the winter period, and it will require the temporary closure of the first floor over approximately three months. The inpatient area will be closed from week commencing Monday 3 July and the theatre suite will be closed from Thursday 17 August, to enable the work to be finished as quickly as possible.

We will be working to minimise the impact on patient care, and are finalising arrangements for providing alternative capacity for the theatre and inpatient beds. Outpatient services and the Minor Injuries and Illness Unit on the ground floor will remain open during this period.

Detailed plans have been developed, led by colleagues from Tewkesbury Community Hospital.

Katie Norton, Chief Executive at Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust said: 

“We are keen to minimise the disruption for patients and staff as we address the issues that have been identified with Seddon Construction, the principal contractor for the hospital. Planning any building work in a hospital setting is always challenging, however we are keen to progress this as soon as possible to remove any uncertainty and minimise the impact for patients and our colleagues."

Julie Ellery, Matron at Tewkesbury Community Hospital said "We are so proud of our hospital and the care we are able to provide. We recognise that this work is needed and will aim to minimise the impact on our services and for our patients and their families."

Jonathan Seddon, Managing Director of Seddon Construction Limited, said: “We are working very closely with Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust to ensure the remedial works at Tewksbury Hospital are carried out as quickly and safely as possible, with the least amount of disruption to patients and staff.” 

Patients should continue to access Tewkesbury Community Hospital services as they do now, as any individuals affected by the temporary repair work will be informed about their care arrangements.

 

22 June 2017

 

Respiratory team photo smallCommunity respiratory nurses and physiotherapists in Gloucestershire have raised £250 for the British Lung Foundation with a bake sale and a raffle. 

The team’s fundraising efforts took place during the charity’s Breathe Easy Week, and will contribute towards patient information leaflets, vital clinical training and investment in research. 

The Community Respiratory service, run by Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, provides care to patients with lung diseases, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma and bronchiectasis, both in clinics and their own homes. The team can refer patients to British Lung Foundation (BLF) support groups, telephone helpline and online community groups. 

In particular during this current ‘hot weather’, respiratory patients need to take additional precautions by keeping cool using fan therapy, pacing their activity and keeping hydrated. 

Angela Wixey, Respiratory Nurse Specialist, said “Patients are very appreciative of the Respiratory service in Gloucestershire and the support the British Lung Foundation provide. We are delighted we could raise so much for the charity, as we know their services are so valuable.” 

Over 10,000 people are diagnosed every week with lung disease. If you would like support or advice, you can contact the British Lung Foundation on 03000 303 555. 

 

21 June 2017

Dilke smallThe Dilke Memorial Hospital Minor Injuries and Illness Unit (MIIU) will close for six weeks from Saturday 1 July to allow necessary refurbishment work to take place. The refurbishment work will offer patients a new MIIU assessment and triage facility, a dedicated waiting room and play area for children, as well as a larger waiting room for adults and an improved reception area. 

The rest of the hospital will remain open during this period.

Gloucestershire’s MIIUs offer support to adults and children (aged 1+) with urgent, but not life-threatening, healthcare needs. Whilst the unit is closed, patients will be able to attend the:

MIIU at Lydney and District Hospital – Open from 8am to 11pm or the 

MIIU at Tewkesbury Community Hospital – Open from 8am to 8pm

MIIUs provide care and treatment for sprains, cuts and wounds, skin problems, minor eye injuries and minor fractures, as well as for illnesses such as chest infections, sore throats, minor infections etc.

Patients can also:

Go online for care advice at:

- the national website NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk)

- the local website ‘Advice ASAP’ (www.asapglos.nhs.uk)

- the ‘ASAP Glos NHS’ mobile app

Dial 111 for NHS 111 non-emergency advice

Contact the Out of Hours medical (GP) service via your local practice or NHS 111

Dial 999 for life-threatening emergencies

Attend A&E for emergency care

 

9 June 2017