Press releases and statements
Important safety notice for CPAP masks with magnetic headgear clips (ResMed and Phillips)
Recent field safety notices provided by both ResMed and Phillips Healthcare concern the use of magnets on their CPAP therapy masks
Temporary move for SACT (chemotherapy) Outpatients at Cheltenham General Hospital
The SACT (chemotherapy) Outpatients service based on Avening Ward at Cheltenham General Hospital will temporarily relocate to Prescott Ward from Monday 27 November,
Gloucestershire Hospitals cancer services teams scoop two prestigious national awards
Two services designed to support patients with cancer in Gloucestershire won their categories in the prestigious Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards earlier in November
Support Worker Celebration Week 2023
We're celebrating all our healthcare support workers (HCSWs) this week (from 20 - 25 November)
Accessible Information Standard (AIS) letters now available for patients
Letters from Gloucestershire Hospitals that meet the needs of every patient are now more easily available, thanks to a project led by our digital and patient experience teams
Meniscus Transplant: a new first for Orthopaedics in Gloucestershire
In October 2023, the Orthopaedic team at Cheltenham General Hospital performed the first meniscal transplants ever to take place in Gloucestershire. The treatment is to relieve knee pain in people who have had their meniscus (the shock absorber in the knee) removed following injury.
Staff Awards 2023: round-up and winners
Our annual Staff Awards took place over two evenings on 8 and 9 November. Read about the winners, see the Patient's Choice film and view the brochure, which includes a short outline about each of the shortlisted candidates.
Care Quality Commission (CQC) publishes focused inspection reports of surgery and maternity
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has recognised improvements made at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals which are having a positive impact on patient care, a report shows.
Volunteers honoured for long service at awards ceremony
On Tuesday 31 October, volunteers from Gloucestershire Hospitals were invited to a special event to honour them for their service. Those receiving the awards have amassed an amazing 550 years between them.
Waiting list announcement - Patient Initiated Digital Mutual Aid System (PIDMAS)
As part of a drive to help reduce waiting lists built up over the pandemic, we are contacting patients who have been waiting more than 40 weeks for treatment, to consider care at a different hospital or clinical setting where they could be seen sooner (*some clinical exclusions apply).
Patient's Choice Award 2023: the shortlist
With more than 170 nominations for our Patient's Choice award this year, our Awards Panel faced some tough decisions about who to shortlist.
Visiting Ward 6B at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital on 24 October
On Tuesday 24 October, Ward 6B is moving from the Tower Block to Gallery Wing at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
AHP showcase event (17 October, 2023)
The first-ever AHP Showcase – People First event happened on 17 October 2023 at Sandford Education Centre at Cheltenham General Hospital.
Profile: Simon Lovett, Chief Allied Health Professional
Chief Allied Health Professional (AHP) and Physiotherapist Simon Lovett is passionate about putting our AHPs and AHP Support Workers at the heart of our organisation
Restart a heart day: Resus team to hold 12-hour CPR-a-thon
Our Resuscitation (Resus) Department are holding a CPR-a-thon on 16 October in aid of Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity.
Industrial action update: October
Cheltenham A&E remains open, information on patient appointments and visiting
Small Footprints on our Hearts: Baby Remembrance Service
Baby Loss Awareness week is being held this year between 9 and 16 October. As part of our contribution to the week, we are holding our annual Baby Remembrance Service.
An Underwater Adventure at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
Friday 22 September saw the official opening of An Underwater Adventure, a large-scale public mural at the Children’s Centre at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
Join us at our Annual Members’ Meeting
This year we will be holding our Annual Members' Meeting (AMM) in person and we would love for you to join us on Thursday 28 September 2023 from 3pm to 6pm.
Response to the Lucy Letby trial
Following the outcome of the trial of Lucy Letby, the thoughts of all at Gloucestershire Hospitals are with the families affected who have suffered such unimaginable pain and distress.
Blood Cancer Awareness events this September
Every September, Blood Cancer Awareness Month raises awareness and understanding of blood cancers. This year, our cancer support workers are holding a series of events at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
Community Wellbeing: Reaching Out Together project shortlisted for HSJ award
A joint NHS community project in Gloucestershire to tackle health inequalities has been shortlisted for a national award.
Industrial action update: Cheltenham A&E closed, patient appointments and visiting
Plans are in place to ensure emergency care is provided during the next phase of industrial action by junior doctors and consultants
Developing our Membership Strategy
The Trust is developing a new Membership Strategy and would welcome your involvement and feedback to help co-design the work we do.
World Breastfeeding Week 2023
In World Breastfeeding Week, we have lots of useful information on our website to support parents to give their baby the best start in life.
Renal Information Day 14 September
We're holding an information day on 14 September, in partnership with the Gloucestershire Kidney Patient Association
An extraordinary gift and a lasting tribute
Occupational Therapist Katy Williams talks about her mum Rhona's enduring gift and thanks colleagues for their kindness.
2023 Council of Governor Elections
At Gloucestershire Hospitals our Governors are crucial and valued partners, whose expertise, enthusiasm, challenge and support help to shape our Trust.
Industrial action update
Plans are in place to ensure emergency care is provided during the next phase of industrial action.
BadgerNet digital system arrives in Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire Hospitals is rolling out a new digital system in maternity services
New Chief Executive announced
Following an open and competitive recruitment process, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin McNamara as our new Chief Executive.
Patient's Choice Award 2023 now open for nominations
Members of the public and patients are invited to nominate a member of staff or a team who has gone the extra mile to provide outstanding care at Gloucestershire Hospitals
Maternity services update: May 2023
Health bosses have reiterated their long-term commitment to maternity services at Cheltenham and Stroud following the extension of temporary changes helping to safeguard patient safety during labour and birth.
An inspirational nursing journey: paying kindness forward
The first step on Khoboso's journey from the Chalbi Desert in Kenya to Gloucestershire was initiated by the kindness of a stranger
International Day of the Midwife 2023
Friday 5 May 2023 is International Day of The Midwife when we celebrate our midwives and everything they do for our community
Webinars for patients affected by cancer
This new webinar series is intended to support and inform patients affected by cancer, as well as their families and friends
Deborah Lee announces decision to stand down
Deborah Lee, the Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has announced her decision to stand down after seven years in post.
Update about the use of Entonox (Gas and Air) in Maternity
In response to emerging concerns about the prolonged exposure to Entonox (Gas & Air) for staff working in our maternity services, we are changing the way that this will be used, effective immediately.
Gloucestershire Managed Services announce new Chair
Gloucestershire Managed Services have announced the appointment of a new Chair, Kaye Law-Fox.
Essential maintenance work at the Women’s Centre GRH, Saturday 25 March
Maintenance work at the Women’s Centre on Saturday 25 March means that hot water will be unavailable from 8am – 5pm.
13 March - 17 April: disruption at GRH
Disruption due to building work at GRH will affect vehicle access to the Main Atrium entrance over these dates
Tobacco-free team support events for National No Smoking Day
To mark National No-Smoking Day on 8 March 2023, Our Tobacco Free Team are manning stands in the Atrium and Women's Centre at GRH
New plaster room pages
We've developed a new set of Plaster Room web pages for patients, about plasters, splints, crutches and frames.
Jab Van at GRH to close after 25 February 2023
The JabVan at GRH is giving its final COVID vaccinations this Saturday 25 February
20 February – 1 March: disruption at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (GRH)
Disruption due to building work at GRH will affect vehicle access to the Main Atrium entrance
Return to Practice: is it time to think about returning to the profession you love?
NHS organisations in Gloucestershire are calling on Allied Health Professionals and Healthcare Scientists to return to the profession they love
£10.2m funding boost for Cheltenham General Hospital
Cheltenham General Hospital (CGH) is set to benefit from a £10.2m investment to build a new orthopaedic theatre and birthing unit.
Maternity services update January 2023
This summary provides the latest update on Maternity Services provision in Gloucestershire following a recent review
Maternity care in Gloucestershire receives outstanding feedback in National Maternity Survey
Maternity services at Gloucestershire Hospitals have been rated very positively among the 121 acute NHS trusts that took part in the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) 2022 National Maternity Survey.
Stroud family’s special Christmas present
A Stroud family received a special surprise this year when their healthy baby boy was born on Christmas Day at Stroud Maternity Unit.
24 Days of Advent
As November comes to a close, this year we intend to use the days of advent to share positive reflections about a colleague or department at what can be a challenging time of year.
There’s No Place Like Home: campaign to help care for patients at home
Health and care organisations in Gloucestershire continue to work together in making patients and their families more aware of the benefits of recovering at home, just as soon as they are well enough to leave hospital.
Midwives: Join our team!
As part of our ongoing recruitment campaign, we have three exciting different opportunities for Registered Midwives to join our friendly and supportive team
Home Births: important snow update
Due to heavy snowfall over parts of the county, we are unable to facilitate home births today (11 December) and overnight.
Emergency Departments and the Winter Plan
Across Gloucestershire all NHS and care partners are working more closely than ever before to support patients and local communities through what we already know will be a very difficult winter.
Emergency Departments extremely busy
Our hospitals are extremely busy at present and we are strongly urging people to only call 999 or visit the two Emergency Departments if it’s a life-threatening situation or a serious injury
Maternity services update: 6 December
Following assurances over our long-term commitment to the future of Stroud Maternity Unit (SMU), we would like to further clarify the position on postnatal beds and set out the next steps for reinstating this provision
New entrance for Emergency Department at GRH
The first of the new areas that will eventually come together to create a state-of-the-art Emergency Department at Gloucestershire Royal opened today (1 December).
Disruption at GRH due to building works
From 28 November 2022, continuing building work at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital is likely to cause significant disruption and possible queues around the GRH site for two weeks.
Tower Block multi-million pound facelift
Gloucestershire Royal Hospital’s (GRH) Tower Block is set to benefit from a multi-million-pound facelift that will transform the city’s skyline.
New Radiotherapy Late Effects service for Gloucestershire
Patients in Gloucestershire who are experiencing late side effects following radiotherapy treatment can now benefit from an important new service
Lost Words artwork brings in the natural world to Care of the Elderly Ward
Specially commissioned artwork for the new Gallery Ward 2 at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital brings a sense of the peace of the natural world into the busy ward environment.
Gloria Hunniford launches ‘Cuppa for Cancer Care’ campaign to promote local cancer treatment
Gloria Hunniford is heading up a campaign to promote the delivery of localised NHS cancer treatment with the use of mobile cancer care units.
Building works disruption from 7 November at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
From 7/11/22, continuing building work at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital is likely to cause significant disruption and possible queues around the GRH site.
One Gloucestershire Homelessness Specialist Nurse project wins at HSJ Awards
A project that funded a Homelessness Specialist Nurse in the Emergency Departments (EDs) at Gloucestershire Hospitals has been recognised at the prestigious HSJ Patient Safety Awards.
Giving HOPE – Gloucestershire Hospitals Midwife honoured with National Safeguarding Star Award
Specialist Safeguarding Midwife Sally Unwin has been honoured for her work on the HOPE project, which creates connection boxes for women who are at risk of being separated from their baby at birth.
Be part of our Winter team
This is an exciting opportunity to make a difference to our patients this winter.
New smell disorders clinic launches in Gloucester
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is opening a new Smell Disorders and Allergy Clinic at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital next month (November). The consultant-led service will be the first time that patients can be seen at a dedicated, specialist smell clinic in the area.
New Specialist Gynaecology Unit opens at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
A dedicated Gynaecology ward, together with a new Emergency Gynaecology Admissions Unit (GAU) has opened on Ward 9a at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (GRH).
Building works disruption at GRH from 24 October - 4 November 2022
Kerb replacement and resurfacing works are taking place during week commencing 24/10/22 for 2 weeks, which affects patient vehicle access to the Atrium entrance and Emergency Department at GRH.
Maternity services update: 18 October 2022
Latest on staffing challenges and the impact on maternity services at Stroud Maternity and Cheltenham Aveta
Stroud Maternity Postnatal beds
We want to clarify the current position about postnatal beds at Stroud Maternity
JabVan at GRH supports autumn COVID vaccination campaign
The JabVan at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital re-opened to the public to support the autumn 2022 COVID-19 Vaccination campaign and will be closing after 25 February 2023
Care Quality Commission (CQC) publishes its inspection report of our hospitals
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has downgraded the Trust’s overall rating from 'Good' to 'Requires Improvement' following a recent inspection.
Cancer Prehabilitation service for Gloucestershire patients
We have launched a Prehabilitation service that offers pre-treatment support for patients with cancer.
Baby Loss Awareness Week: Bereavement Support in our Maternity Services
Losing a baby at any stage of pregnancy can have a devastating impact on families. Our specialist bereavement services provide compassionate support for families, both immediately after the loss of their baby and in the days and months beyond.
Play in hospital week: A Day in the Life of our Play Specialist Team
In Play in Hospital Week, find out what our Play Specialists do in a typical day
We're running a Nursing, Midwifery and ODP Open Day
We're running a Nursing, Midwifery, and ODP Open Day on Saturday 15th October at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. Over 20 departments and specialties are offering future nurses, midwives and ODP’s a real insight into what it means to work for Gloucestershire Hospitals.
Support our Marathon runners!
It’s not too late to support these amazing colleagues who are running the London Marathon this Sunday. Each of them is supporting a different but equally worthy charity. Good luck to all of them
Mask requirements at our hospitals
Guidance about the requirement to wear masks at our hospitals varies from time to time depending on the levels of COVID-19 infections in our community. Masks are available at all our entrances and exits.
Bank Holiday Monday: information on local health services
The NHS in Gloucestershire joins the rest of the country in sending our deepest sympathies to the Royal Family following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
We were deeply sorry to hear of the death of Her Majesty the Queen yesterday. We offer our profound condolences to the Royal Family and to everyone for whom this news caused immense sadness.
Disruption at GRH from 12 September
To install critical infrastructure for the Emergency Department (ED) extension, we’re bringing in a large crane from 12 September that will be lifted over the front of the Atrium. Alternative access for drop-offs is available.
Gloucestershire hosting life-saving cricket match
A Gloucestershire cricket club is hosting a match with a life-saving difference this week.
New multi-million pound Emergency Department on course for opening next spring
Work on a new Emergency Department (ED) at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (GRH) costing £17.3m remains on course for a spring opening next year.
GRH Emergency Department partners with Gloucestershire Samaritans
The Emergency Department (ED) at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital is beginning a partnership with volunteers from Gloucestershire branches of Samaritans this month.
New multi-million-pound hospital building in Cheltenham to open in New Year
Work on a new day surgery unit and two new theatres at Cheltenham General Hospital (CGH) costing £17.2m is progressing well with patients set to benefit as early as the new year.
Best-ever results in National Cancer Experience Survey 2021
Gloucestershire Hospitals has recorded its best-ever results in the recent Cancer Experience survey, with 49 out of 60 questions scoring equal to or greater than the national average response.
New £4.5m ward opening to patients
Patients at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (GRH) are today (Wednesday 3 August) benefitting from a new state-of-the-art 24-bedded ward costing £4.5m.
Maternity Services downgraded to ‘Inadequate’ following CQC inspection
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has downgraded the rating for maternity services at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to ‘Inadequate’ following an unannounced inspection
Governors wanted at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals
Do you want to do more to help make a difference at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals? Opportunities are now available to become a governor.
Families continue to save and improve lives through deceased organ donation
New figures out today reveal that there were 9 patients who donated their organs after death at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHNHSFT) last year, helping save or improve the lives of 19 people desperately in need of a transplant in the UK.
Cheltenham Aveta Birth Unit update
In response to extreme staffing pressures in midwifery and to ensure services remain safe, The Aveta Birth Unit at Cheltenham General Hospital will remain temporarily closed to new births with a further review due in the autumn.
Armed Forces Week and Armed Forces Advocates
This week (20-26 June), we’re celebrating Armed Forces Week, leading up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday 25 June.
The Trust has been made aware that a small batch of cervical screening (smear) tests from the very end of March did not arrive at the cytology laboratory for analysis.
Inaccurate media report
Our hospitals thrive and excel on the dedication and commitment of our staff. This has been seen time and again during the pandemic and the continued sustained pressure in our Emergency Departments (EDs).
New support for patients experiencing a mental health crisis
A new initiative to improve the experience of patients experiencing a mental health crisis launches this week in our Emergency Departments at Cheltenham and Gloucester
Night two of this year's Staff Awards 2022
Congratulations to last night's 2022 Staff Award winners!
Night one of this year's Staff Awards 2022
Congratulations to last night's 2022 Staff Award winners!
Fit for the Future Phase 2 – Engagement underway
The next phase of involvement for the Fit for the Future programme is now underway. The engagement will listen to what matters to people in exploring ideas on how to organise several specialist health services over the medium to long term.
Plan ahead for a healthy and Happy Easter
The NHS in Gloucestershire is urging people to keep healthy over the Easter break by planning in advance, taking some simple steps and thinking twice before heading to A&E or calling 999 when it’s not an emergency.
Patient waiting list: We want to hear from you
Patients on a waiting list at Gloucestershire Royal or Cheltenham General Hospitals are being contacted via text message or postal letter as part of our work to reduce the delays caused by the pandemic.
Maternity Update (latest 22.4.22)
During this time when staffing is very challenging due to COVID-19 related sickness, it may be necessary for us to flex our maternity services and redeploy our midwives to alternative locations where they can provide safe, one-to-one care during your labour.
CQC publishes system-wide report of urgent and emergency care
Joint statement from One Gloucestershire NHS partners – NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust and South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Patients seeing benefits of £100m-plus investment at our hospitals
Patients at Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals are benefiting from a £100m-plus cash injection just months after building work started.
New Chair appointed
The governors of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are delighted to announce the appointment of Deborah Evans as their new Chair, to succeed Peter Lachecki, who leaves us at the end of April after nearly 6 years’ service.
Waiting for your hospital appointment
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on patient care, particularly waiting times for planned operations, procedures, diagnostic tests and appointments. Good progress is being made in tackling these waiting times.
Can you help give the gift of life?
This is the 2022 appeal from Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust Organ Donation Committee to help the county’s organ donation team.
National Maternity Survey published
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published the National Maternity Survey for 2021. The survey results reveal the responses from women who had given birth during February 2021, during the third national lockdown.
LGBTQ+ History Month: Role Models
February is LGBTQ+ history month, where diversity and inclusion is vital for performance, wellbeing, and making a meaningful difference to all colleagues.
Race Equality week 7-13 February 2022
In Race Equality Week, we celebrate the diversity of our employees, which extends to over 75 different nationalities. Race Equality Week is a UK-wide initiative that aims to unite organisations and individuals in taking tangible action to help address issues affecting ethnic minority (EM) employees.
Cheltenham Aveta birth centre: reopening
We’re delighted to announce that the Aveta Birth Centre at Cheltenham General Hospital will be re-opening next week (Monday 7 February).
Temporary stroke service change in response to winter pressures, COVID-19 and staffing levels
The NHS in Gloucestershire has agreed to move the Hyper Acute Stroke Unit (HASU) part of the acute hospital stroke service temporarily to Cheltenham General Hospital.
Click or call first: accessing health services this winter
Click or Call First highlights the benefits of going online or calling first if your illness or injury is not life-threatening. There is a wide range of health services available.
A Message for Trust Colleagues: Season's Greetings and a Happy New Year from our Chief Executive and Chair
For many of us the festive period is a time to be with family and friends, to relax and to have some well-deserved rest but for others it will be time spent at work
Journey to Parenthood personalised care plan for maternity
The Gloucestershire Local Maternity system is launching a new Journey to Parenthood document that provides a personalised care plan for parents-to-be in Gloucestershire.
Deborah Lee receives an honorary award from the University of Gloucestershire
On Tuesday 23rd November, our Chief Executive, Deborah Lee received an Honorary Fellowship award from University of Gloucestershire in recognition of her career within the NHS, and her success in leading the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust through very challenging times, including the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Protecting our patients this winter
This winter, we're asking patients and visitors to help us protect vulnerable patients
Pressures on hospitals continue
Although pressures have eased slightly in the last two days, our hospitals remain extremely busy
T-Level placements at county's hospitals
Young people in Gloucestershire are being offered the opportunity to gain valuable real-life experience when they participate in T-Level placements at county hospitals.
Latest COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Study Opens in Gloucestershire
The latest COVID-19 vaccine booster study is to launch in Gloucestershire this month
Gloucestershire Hospitals launches ambitious Green Plan
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has today (3 November) launched its ambitious Green Plan.
Pressures on our hospitals
Our acute hospitals at Cheltenham and Gloucester are extremely busy and an increasing number of in-patients with COVID-19 is adding to the pressure on services this week
New patient experience videos support patients attending Fracture Clinic
Earlier this year, our Trauma and Orthopaedics (T&O) team took steps to understand patients’ experiences of the Fracture Clinic service.
Trust Chair to stand down
Peter Lachecki has announced that he will stand down from his role as Chair of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust at the end of April 2022.
New Radiotherapy Treatment for cancer patients
Bringing to life our Centres of Excellence vision with new SABR treatment for cancer patients
TRiM - Trauma Risk Management
Gloucestershire Hospital launches a new TRiM management model, to help support the mental wellbeing of employees after experiencing traumatic events in the workplace.
New artwork unveiled at Gloucestershire Hospitals A&E Department
Gloucestershire Royal Hospital has today (Monday 27 September) unveiled a new piece of specially commissioned floor-to-ceiling artwork in its A&E department as part of a focus on improving the experience of patients in mental health crisis.
National Patient Safety Alert: Philips CPAP and BiPAP devices
A National Patient Safety Alert has been issued by the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for some Philips CPAP and CPAP-like devices.
Increased frequency of Lateral Flow tests for Maternity and Neonatal Vistors
Increasing rates of COVID infections in younger age groups means that from 6 August, we will require evidence of a negative test result within the last 24 hours
Hospitals’ open day is chance for public to ask more about £101m investment in care
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is holding an open day across its two hospital sites on Wednesday (8 September) – giving the public an opportunity to meet clinicians and ask them how the £101m investment will improve care as we emerge from the pandemic.
Cheltenham A&E resumes night-time opening for walk-in service
Cheltenham General Hospital’s A&E department resumes its night-time nurse-led service on 30 June in line with plans to restore the service to its pre-pandemic status
Clear face masks approved to enhance communication with deaf patients
Gloucestershire Hospitals has approved clear face masks, to help health and care workers to communicate with people with conditions such as hearing loss, autism and dementia throughout the pandemic.
Armed Forces Day 26 June 2021
Armed Forces Day is a chance for everyone to show their support for the people who make up the Armed Forces community; from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.
CQC Focused Inspection at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
Some media reports today incorrectly state that Gloucestershire Royal Hospital has been rated as ‘Requires Improvement’ by the CQC. Gloucestershire Royal Hospital continues to be rated as ‘Good’ by the CQC, however Urgent and Emergency Care has been changed to ‘Requires Improvement’ following a recent CQC inspection.
Memory Wall artworks tell the story of lives changed
As part of our ongoing commemorations marking the anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to remember the lives lost and reflect on the many changes that it has brought to all our lives.
Clinicians welcome public back to Cheltenham A&E
Clinicians are welcoming the public back to Cheltenham General Hospital’s A&E department as part of a two-step plan to restore services as we emerge from the pandemic.
COVID-19 serology testing marks first-year anniversary and over 54,000 tests
Saturday 29 May marked a year since we began offering serology testing for COVID-19 at our Chemical Pathology laboratory at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
Maternity booking is changing on 1 June
There's a new way to book your first midwife appointment in Gloucestershire
‘Trail-blazer’ doctor shortlisted for national award
A Medical Ophthalmologist from Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been named as a finalist at the prestigious Royal College of Physicians’ (RCP) Excellence in Patient Care Awards.
Cheltenham A&E to re-open as part of phased return
We are delighted to announce the phased re-opening of Cheltenham General Hospital’s A&E department next month (June) in response to the continued reduction in community transmission of COVID-19 and low hospital admissions
Launch of ‘Continuity of Carer' midwifery teams in Gloucestershire
Designated teams of midwives will care for women at all stages throughout their pregnancy, birth and in the early days following birth in a Continuity of Carer scheme being launched in Gloucestershire at the end of April.
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust win national award for critical COVID-19 respiratory training
The learning technology team at Gloucestershire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (GHNHSFT) has been named Learning and Development Team of the Year, at the fifth Our Health Heroes Awards, for their rapid delivery of an eLearning package that helped ensure more staff had the skills to care for people with respiratory problems, within days of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Commemorating COVID-19 at our hospitals
As part of our commemoration marking a year of COVID-19, we will be remembering the lives lost to the pandemic and thanking our colleagues for everything they have done and continue to do.
Healthcare science week 2021
As part of healthcare science week, Gloucestershire Hospitals is running a virtual Q&A, to showcase and celebrate the vital work of healthcare science and allied health professionals in our Trust.
Gloucestershire Hospitals celebrates National Apprenticeship Week
Over 75% of apprentices at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust go on to find permanent work there, according to the latest figures.
Birth supporters to be offered COVID-19 tests
From Monday 1 February, birth supporters will be offered rapid COVID-19 tests when they attend inpatient maternity services
EU exit advice
The UK has left the EU and a trade deal has been announced. At Gloucestershire Hospitals, our key priority is to ensure the safety of patient care.
Hospitals busy working to care for patients throughout the festive period
Our hospitals are and remain extremely busy and colleagues at both our hospitals have been working hard throughout the festive period to care for our patients
Seasonal message for Gloucestershire Hospitals staff
As we come to the end of 2020, we would like to personally thank each and every one of you for your outstanding dedication, in what has been one of the most difficult years we have ever experienced as an NHS trust.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit our Vaccination Hub
Royal Visit: the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall today paid a visit to our Covid-19 Vaccination Hub in support of the recent vaccination roll-out programme. This follows The Prince and The Duchess’s visit to the hospital in June, following the end of the first lockdown.
Community COVID-19 vaccination of priority groups set to get underway from mid-week
GPs and community NHS teams in some areas of the county will start COVID-19 vaccination of priority groups, for example the over 80s, from mid-week (pending vaccine delivery) with other areas following very soon.
Make sure the present you are giving this Christmas is not COVID-19
Health and care leaders in Gloucestershire are urging people to approach the festive period with 'great caution' as they warn of rising hospital admissions and a potential third COVID-19 wave in January.
COVID-19 vaccination roll out in photos
In pictures: view our photo gallery showing the COVID vaccination roll out in Gloucestershire
NHS Vaccine Programme in Gloucestershire signals ‘the start of a journey’
In Gloucestershire, the biggest and most highly anticipated immunisation campaign in history will begin at a hospital hub in Gloucester today before the scope of the programme is widened via an innovative community vaccination model.
Hospitals To Start Biggest Ever NHS Vaccination Programme This Week
The NHS will begin vaccinating patients against coronavirus at dozens of hospital hubs from this week at the start of the biggest immunisation programme in history.
Fit for the Future: consultation on specialist hospital services is underway
Fit for the Future is part of the NHS in Gloucestershire’s vision for specialist hospital services at Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals.
Gloucestershire Hospitals invests in first Admiral Nurse to support patients and families affected by dementia
Gloucestershire Hospitals has appointed its first ever Admiral Nurse to help coordinate care and provide expert guidance for dementia patients, their carers and families.
Gloucestershire Hospitals scoops recognition award for supporting Armed Forces
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been revalidated for the prestigious Gold award as part of the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) 2020. It is one of only 14 NHS trusts in the country to receive the gold award.
Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Collective Leadership at Gloucestershire Hospitals
Today the nursing and midwifery teams at Gloucestershire Hospitals take an important step in delivering a key component of our nursing and midwifery excellence programme. The establishment of our Nursing and Midwifery Excellence (NaME) Collective Leadership Council brings shared decision making to life.
Exciting plans to transform Gloucestershire Hospitals
Exciting plans to transform Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals as part of a £39.5m investment have taken a step forward after planning applications were submitted.
Royal visit at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have today visited Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and met staff working in health and social care throughout the county.
Face coverings: supporting the COVID-19 response
In line with Government guidance, the NHS in Gloucestershire is asking hospital outpatients and visitors (who are not affected by current visiting restrictions) to plan ahead and have face coverings available for when they attend hospital from 15 June.
Temporary service changes to proceed in response to the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic
Temporary changes to services at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals will help ensure better and safer care for patients as we move into the next phase of the pandemic, clinicians have said.
Dads in Gloucestershire can now prepare for parenthood with a new free app called DadPad
DadPad is an information pack in digital form developed by dads, for dads to help fathers of all ages in Gloucestershire prepare for family life.
Gloucestershire staff to wear the rainbow to celebrate staff hub
Staff at Cheltenham General Hospital and Gloucestershire Royal Hospital are marking its Staff Advice and Support Hub’s first birthday today (Thursday 14 May) with a rainbow-themed day.
Gloucestershire Hospitals marks Nurses Day
Gloucestershire Hospitals will be lighting up both hospital sites in a spectacular way this evening (12 May) in recognition of International Nurses Day and to coincide with the 200th birthday anniversary of Florence Nightingale.
Two thirds of COVID-19 patients in Gloucestershire discharged
Two thirds of COVID-19 patients who received intensive care at Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals have been discharged.
Dying Matters awareness week
This week is Dying Matters awareness week. The theme for this year’s Dying Matters week is 'Dying to be Heard', which aims to encourage people to listen to their loved ones if they want to talk about death.
Gloucestershire Hospitals light up to celebrate midwives day
Gloucestershire Hospitals will be lighting up its buildings in a spectacular way this evening (5 May 2020) to mark International Day of the Midwife.
Health services still in place for people with serious health conditions
The NHS in Gloucestershire is urging local people to continue to seek urgent medical help if they have symptoms of a potentially serious illness or health condition.
Gloucestershire NHS pledge to remember lives lost to to COVID-19
The NHS in Gloucestershire has today come together to launch the ‘Every Name a Person’ campaign.
Emergency general surgery COVID-19 update
In response to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the NHS in Gloucestershire has taken a number of temporary measures to help ensure it can continue to provide safe patient care.
Gloucestershire Hospitals confirms death of four patients
Deborah Lee, Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:
Gloucestershire Hospitals confirms inpatient death
Deborah Lee, Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:
Gloucestershire Hospitals confirms death of COVID-19 patient
Deborah Lee, Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:
Healthcare Science Week at Gloucestershire Hospitals
From Monday 9 March until Saturday 14 March, Gloucestershire Hospitals will be celebrating its healthcare scientists and the role they play in making a difference to patients’ lives as part of national Healthcare Science Week.
Join our Youth Ambassadors
As part of our work to achieve our vision of providing the Best Care for Everyone, we want to start a conversation with children and young people.
More than 200 apprentices forging new careers at Gloucestershire Hospitals
Eight out of 10 apprentices at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust go on to find permanent work there, according to the latest figures.
Gloucestershire Hospitals pioneer new organ donation approach
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been chosen to pioneer a ground-breaking tissue donation initiative in England.
Citizens’ Jury will consider specialist hospital services
An independent Citizens’ Jury will meet for the first time on 20 January in Brockworth to begin its work and look at how specialist hospital services in Gloucestershire could develop in the future.
Staff Awards 2019 - the winners
For the first time this year, we are live broadcasting our awards ceremony
Pioneering new ‘smart needle’ could revolutionise cancer diagnosis
Scientists have developed a pioneering new technique that can detect and diagnose one of the most common types of cancer within seconds - using light.
NHS initiative aims to reduce babies’ contact with second-hand smoke
Gloucestershire Maternity and Neonatal teams are taking part in the Maternal and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative (MNHSC), to increase the number of babies discharged to a smoke-free home.
Leading Gloucestershire surgeon appointed ambassador of national quality programme
The Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme has appointed a leading orthopaedic surgeon from the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, to work as a clinical ambassador in its London hub.
Cheltenham A&E announcement
Following media coverage today about the future of Cheltenham General Hospital’s A&E department, we are pleased to have had the support today of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in communicating our message that there are no proposals to close Cheltenham A&E.
Fit for the Future engagement hearing: Thursday 24th October 11.30am - 5pm. LIVE STREAM
An independently chaired Engagement Hearing will be held in public on Thursday 24 October 2019 offering people an opportunity to share their ideas and views on developing urgent and specialist hospital care in Gloucestershire in the future.
AHPs Day 14 October
We want to say thank you to all our Allied Health Professionals for their dedication to delivering outstanding patient care.
NHS continues public discussion on urgent and hospital care in Gloucestershire
NHS leaders in the county say they want Gloucestershire to be ‘at the leading edge of healthcare’ as they resume a public discussion on ideas for how community urgent care and specialist hospital services could be provided in the future.
Launch of Research4Gloucestershire drives research agenda
Exciting new opportunities in research in Gloucestershire are being explored thanks to the launch of a new research arm of the county’s Integrated Care System (ICS).
Volunteers to assist with scalp cooling clinics in the Oncology Centre
Scalp cooling treatment can be used to combat chemotherapy induced hair loss and we are looking for volunteers.
Armed Forces Day Picnic in the Park
The event is aimed at celebrating Armed Forces Day as well as raising awareness about how we are improving NHS care for veteran, reservist and serving members of our armed forces and their families.
We are launching a new initiative which enables us to demonstrate how we offer our patients, their families and our staff open, non-judgmental and inclusive care and support regardless of how people define themselves.
Learning disability in the spotlight conference
Find out more about learning disability needs of patients an acute setting
Veteran Aware Hospitals
We have been named a Veteran Aware hospitals trust in recognition of our commitment to improving NHS care for veterans, reservists, members of the armed forces and their families.
Staff Advice and Support Hub launched
New Hub supports staff through the pressures of work and modern life
Radiographer Recruitment Event
We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated Radiographers who are looking to gain experience in all aspects of general radiography, trauma, orthopaedics, and digital fluoroscopy.
Smoking on our sites
We appeal to smokers to take their cigarettes well away from our buildings and grounds
We’re supporting National Apprenticeship Week (4 – 8 March)
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is taking the opportunity to highlight apprenticeship at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals throughout the week.
Healthcare Science Week March 8th – 17th
A better career starts here at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Make a difference and become a healthcare scientist! During Healthcare Science Week we are inviting year 11s and above to meet our teams, take a tour and take part in interactive sessions.
CQC rating: Good
We are delighted to announce that the CQC has rated Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHNHSFT) as ‘GOOD’ overall, following a comprehensive inspection of services last autumn.
Stop! Think… Keep Accident and Emergency clear for real emergencies
A new powerful county-wide campaign launches today highlighting the need to keep Gloucestershire’s two Accident and Emergency Departments clear for real emergencies.
Sign up for our virtual winter ward!
We're reducing the reliance on external agency nurses through our virtual winter ward.
Temporary Changes to Community X-ray Services
It has been agreed that the provision of X-ray services in Gloucestershire will be revised on an interim basis to ensure that the most specialist services can continue to be provided safely. The temporary changes are a response to the high levels of radiographer vacancies being experienced in Gloucestershire.
Macmillan cancer information hub opens at GRH
British actress Emma Samms MBE has officially launched a new cancer support service at GRH
S.H.E.D launched to support Dads at Gloucestershire’s Neonatal Unit
S.H.E.D is a new group for fathers of babies who start their life at Gloucester’s neonatal unit
Home Fire Safety week at our hospitals
We are working with GlosFire this week to promote home fire safety
Construction partner appointed for £39.5m capital project
We are pleased to announce that Kier will be our partner for the £39.5m capital project
Improvements in identifying Sepsis
We were highlighted by NHS England earlier this year as one of the Trusts that has seen the greatest improvements in identifying and treating sepsis.
Looking for volunteer hairdressers and nail technicians to support cancer patients
We are looking for volunteer hair dressers and nail technicians to help cancer patients
Volunteer Reflexology and Massage therapists for Oncology
We're looking for people to join our experienced team of volunteer therapists
Chest Fund's generosity
The Gloucestershire Chest Fund has kindly donated 6 non-invasive ventilators
Gloucestershire’s first ever DiAthlete Event
You are invited to Gloucestershire’s first ever DiAthlete Event run by Gavin Griffiths
Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week 2018
Where to turn if you’re struggling with becoming a parent
Easter Egg Donation
Over Easter, local charity ‘Feed the Hungry’ donated around 1,500 chocolate eggs for our inpatients, our volunteers and our staff.
£39.5m capital announcement
Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals have been awarded £39.5m of capital funding to modernise hospital buildings, transform services and deliver even better patient care.
Deborah Lee ranked a top 50 NHS Chief Executive
Our Chief Executive has been named one of the top 50 CEOs in the NHS in The Health Service Journal.
Our Snow Heroes
We are incredibly grateful to our staff for the continued commitment and professionalism that they’ve shown throughout the winter months.
National Maternity Survey
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) published has published the National Maternity Survey and the results reveal the responses from women who had given birth in February 2017.
Smoking on Gloucestershire Hospitals sites
We appeal to smokers to take their cigarettes well away from our buildings and grounds, and hope that they will consider others before they light up.
Thomas joins Harvey's Gang at GRH
Six year old Thomas was the first patient at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital to be part of Harvey’s Gang when he visited our pathology labs with his brother Lewis and mum Lorraine on 20th December.
Panto cast brings joy to children
Panto actors dressed in bright and colourful costumes brought some festive cheer to children at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
Good news for patients with Hyperemisis
Women suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) can now be looked after as day cases following an innovative move by the Trust designed to improve patient experience.
Volunteer massage therapists in oncology
We are looking for new volunteer massage therapists to add to the team working in our Oncology Centre at Cheltenham.
Smoking signage gets a fresh new look
Visitors to our sites this week will notice eye-catching new signs requesting that patients refrain from smoking on our sites, including in the grounds.
NHS Warriors take on military challenge
A team of local hospital staff, led by their Chief Executive Deborah Lee, will face up to an epic army challenge on Exmoor this weekend to raise vital funds for local cancer patients.
New 99 shuttlebus service launches
We are proud to announce that we will be working with local family company Pulham’s Coaches to provide its newly revised 99 shuttlebus service.
Maternity Insight Project
We are currently working on a project looking at the experience of women using our maternity service.
Report into financial governance
An independent review into financial governance arrangements at our Trust has been published and shows that we are making good progress in returning the organisation to financial balance and ensuring that it is soundly governed.
Response to CQC Report
The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) inspection report has praised staff for their compassion, kindness and overriding commitment to patient care.