Gloucestershire’s approach to social prescribing

Dr Jo Bayley, who represents primary care providers on Gloucestershire’s ICS Delivery Board, discusses the county’s innovative social prescribing initiative which enables primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.

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More GP surgery appointments available than ever before

Huge strides are being made to improve access to GP surgery appointments in Gloucestershire. 40,000 more appointments are being made available this year and this includes 750 extra evening and weekend appointments a week to fit in with people’s busy lives. As part of local initiatives from the GP practice clusters, patients who need an […]

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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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