Get involved in Gloucestershire

Get Involved in Gloucestershire is an online participation space where you can share your views, experiences and ideas about local health and care services. Your input will help inform and influence the decisions local NHS organisations make.

Watch this short film clip where Dr Jeremy Welch describes Get Involved in Gloucestershire.

Registering on the site is easy and will only take a few moments. You don’t have to register to participate in the projects, but if you register, you will be kept informed about the latest local Engagement and Consultation activities. To register you simply need to click the “Register now” button on the homepage.

Fit for the Future – consultation on specialist hospital services 

The local NHS wants Gloucestershire to be ‘at the leading edge of healthcare’ at it starts a public consultation (from 22 October 2020) on how best to provide a number of specialist hospital services across the Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal Hospital sites in the future. The NHS is looking to:

•             Improve health outcomes for patients 

•             Reduce waiting times and cancelled operations 

•             Make sure patients are always assessed by the right hospital specialist with timely decisions about their treatment and care

•             Ensure there are always safe staffing levels, including senior doctors available 24/7 and teams have the best equipment and facilities 

•             Support joint working between services to reduce the number of hospital visits people have to make

•             Create flagship centres for research, training and learning – attracting and keeping the best staff in Gloucestershire. 

The NHS is seeking the views of the public and staff on options for organising the following services:

•             Acute Medicine (acute medical take)

•             Gastroenterology inpatient services – medical care for stomach, pancreas, bowel or liver problems 

•             General Surgery – conditions relating to the gut. Specifically, emergency general surgery, planned lower gastrointestinal (colorectal) surgery and planned day case surgery 

•             Image Guided Interventional Surgery (IGIS)  – where surgeons use instruments with live images to guide the surgery

•             Trauma and Orthopaedic inpatient services (T&O) – diagnosis and treatment of conditions relating to the bones and joints. 

There are no proposals to close Cheltenham General Hospital’s A&E Department or to change the pre COVID-19 opening hours. 

The consultation follows an extensive period of public and staff engagement. Residents can find information on how options for services were arrived at and the public engagement that supported it in the consultation booklet.  

Because of the current COVID-19 situation, the NHS will be reaching out to people in a number of ways and offering a wider range of consultation activities, including on-line options, to reflect that. 

The opportunity to share feedback ends on 17th December 2020. A independently run online Citizens’ Jury will be held in January 2021 to consider the feedback and make recommendations. 18 people from across Gloucestershire will be selected and paid to take part. A consultation review period will follow before decisions are made by the NHS in March 2021. 

How can you find out more?

From 22 October, members of the public, community partners and staff can visit www.onegloucestershire.net/yoursay  or email: glccg.participation@nhs.net  to request information. 

A New Community Hospital for the Forest of Dean

A Consultation inviting the public to comment on the proposals for the new community hospital in the Forest of Dean started on Thursday 22 October.

Planning for the hospital is now at a stage where the proposals for the inpatient unit, outpatient services, urgent care, diagnostic services and other facilities on site can be discussed with the local community.

The proposal is for a hospital which includes a 24-bed inpatient unit, urgent care facility, x-ray, ultrasound and endoscopy, and a range of consultation and treatment rooms for outpatient appointments. Experiences of providing care throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will also influence the final design, to minimise the risk of infections spreading and to allow for social distancing between staff and patients.

The public consultation will run for eight weeks from Thursday 22 October to Thursday 17 December. The consultation materials and survey will be available online at www.fodhealth.nhs.uk or getinvolved.glos.nhs.uk from the 22 October.

Written booklets can be requested by:

•             sending an email  to: glccg.participation@nhs.net   

•             by writing to: FREEPOST RRYY-KSGT-AGBR, Fit for the Future: FOD Hospital, Sanger House, Valiant Court, Gloucester Business Park, Gloucester, GL3 4FE

•             by leaving a message on the Freephone number: 0800 0151 548

EasyRead versions of the consultation document are also available on request. 

Should you wish to discuss this consultation, or have any further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us at glccg.participation@nhs.net