Getting back on track after cancer treatment

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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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.


Three teams from Gloucestershire Care Services were part of a vibrant and popular day of health-related activities and workshops for people with learning disabilities, carers and their families.

Colleagues from dental services, healthy lifestyles and the nursing and quality directorate each had stands the Big Health Check Day, held at Wall’s Social Club, in Barnwood, Gloucester, which attracted more than 400 people.

The all-day event featured more than 32 stalls from public and not-for-profit organisations, activities including cycling, archery and golf, health workshops, a fun and thought provoking play based on the ‘Keeping Healthy’ theme of the day by Bristol-based theatre company Misfits and a poll of service-user opinions on the health and social care they receive carried out with electronic voting.

More than 100 health and social care workers gathered in Cheltenham in a joint drive to tackle pressure ulcers.

Stop the Pressure, held on Wednesday 30 April, brought together ward managers, nurses and matrons - from both acute and community hospitals – as well as nursing home managers to take co-ordinated action against pressure ulcers.

RCN nurses cutting a cakeNurses from our Trust have been getting behind a campaign led by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) which is asking people up and down the country to join them in celebrating Nurses’ Day today, Monday 12 May.

From the moment a new life begins, to saying goodbye to a loved one, and all the stages in between, the RCN wants to celebrate the remarkable difference nursing makes.

People are getting involved with events, stands, and even by baking cakes, like the clinical quality team’s nurse themed cake at the Trust's main office in Brockworth.