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A project helping patients take back control of their lives and speed recovery after treatment for breast, prostate or colorectal cancer has proved so powerful it has secured further funding...

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Community Hospitals in the Forest of Dean - Public and Staff Consultation

The 12 week Community Hospitals in the Forest of Dean public and staff consultation ended on 10 December 2017. We would like to thank everyone who has taken part and...

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Gloucestershire Care Services has published its annual equality report, celebrating the progress made over the past 12 months to advance equality and embrace diversity. It also highlights areas for improvement and makes recommendations for priorities for 2015.

Tewkesbury Hospital is set to be honoured with a visit from HRH The Princess Royal to mark its official opening.

The purpose-built hospital will play host to The Princess Royal, accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter, for an official opening ceremony on Wednesday, January 28 2015.

Ingrid Barker, Chair of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust which runs the hospital, said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming The Princess Royal to mark the opening of our hospital in Tewkesbury, which has been providing a first class service since its completion.”

Patients who need to access health services across Gloucestershire are being reminded today that they could be seen in a more appropriate and timely fashion if they choose the right service.

Emergency departments at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals are experiencing high levels of demand as patients continue to seek NHS treatment.

The College of Emergency Medicine, which represents casualty department doctors, believes that between 15 and 30 per cent of patients attending emergency departments could be treated elsewhere.

Robust plans have been in place to help manage increased demand. Measures include increasing the number of staff at the emergency department, increasing the beds available across Gloucestershire and promoting community alternatives to hospital admission with health professionals.

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At the start of every public Board meeting, clinicians share patient stories which showcase the work of the team and share the experience of their patients and service users.

Kingsholm Stadium played host to a different type of scrum on Tuesday at the first annual general meeting of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust.

Around 250 people packed out the stadium’s 1873 Suite as the Trust showcased some of the services it provides to around 600,000 people countywide.

The afternoon event featured free health checks, a Pilates class, Stoptober display, information on the Trust’s new rapid response service and a first look at the new website of the revamped community equipment service.

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.