GP surgeries face challenge of increased demand head-on

GP practices across Gloucestershire have continued to embrace new ways of working to ensure the needs of patients can be met well into the future. They have grouped themselves into 16 GP ‘clusters’ so they can work more closely together, be more resilient and provide a wider range of services in their communities. In many […]

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Joining up to offer community support – 65,000 referrals in 12 months

Joined up Health and Social Care Community Teams are working closely with GP practices to support people in their own homes, helping them to return home sooner after operations and treatment or avoid a hospital stay. The Integrated Community Teams (ICTs), which are run by Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, received more than 65,000 referrals […]

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New community frailty service making a difference to people’s lives

GPs in the South Cotswolds have worked with local partners to set up a new community service to help people with frailty and their carers. The team, which includes nurses, a senior matron and wellbeing coordinators, provides advice, support and care as well as helping to meet health, emotional and social needs to end of […]

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Paramedics working with GPs in the community

Mythe and Church Street GP surgeries in Tewkesbury and St Paul’s in Cheltenham have partnered with the South Western Ambulance Service on an innovative scheme to treat patients in their community. Paramedics are working alongside the practices to carry out urgent home visits meaning patients are seen more quickly by skilled staff trained to an […]

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Physiotherapy available in a number of GP surgeries

An exciting new initiative which sees physiotherapists providing services at a number of GP practices in Cheltenham and Gloucester is now underway. The surgeries at St Paul’s Medical Centre, in Cheltenham, and the Aspen Centre, in Gloucester, have been working closely with Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust to employ three physiotherapists and provide treatment more […]

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Supporting people with dementia in Stroud

A pilot nursing scheme is already making a difference to the services and help available for people with dementia in Stroud. Working within four local GP practices, a dedicated mental health community dementia nurse is now supporting diagnosis and helping to develop patient care plans. The initiative is reducing the need for some people to […]

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A successful winter thanks to immense team effort

Winter inevitably puts already busy NHS services under even greater pressure. However, this year, unprecedented partnership working and an immense effort from frontline NHS and social care staff led to significant improvements in service performance. In the seven months from June 2017, the county’s two emergency departments were amongst the strongest in the region for […]

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Improving specialist mental health support for new and expectant mums

Pregnant women and new mums in Gloucestershire will benefit from over £113k funding which will improve specialist community mental health support for women, their babies and families. Gloucestershire was one of only 20 areas to be successful in receiving wave one funding last year. This was used to set up a specialist perinatal mental health […]

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Working together to talk about mental health

Partnership working in mental health is crucial in preventing people becoming unwell, providing early support and advice and high quality care when needed. An additional £825k has been spent on the psychological therapy service Let’s Talk to help people experiencing common conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression. This year alone, Let’s Talk helped more […]

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Providing a brighter future for children and young people

Great strides have also been made this year to improve mental health provision for children and young people. Early advice and help has been a feature of developments this year with the involvement of young people, parents, carers and professionals key to their success. So far, 19 schools have been accredited as part of the […]

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