Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


New chair for acute trust

An acute trust struggling with emergency care pressures has appointed a new chair.

West Midlands Ambulance Service FT

‘40,000 put at risk last month’ while waiting in ambulance

More than 38,000 patients were put at risk of harm during March – more than 4,000 of them seriously – while they waited in an ambulance outside hospital, according to estimates shared with HSJ.

Deborah Lee

Hospital CEO driven to A&E after fearing ambulance delays

An NHS hospital chief executive with a suspected stroke was driven to hospital by her husband because of fears over very long ambulance delays, she has revealed.

Support staff care

Revealed: Trusts with the biggest falls in staff confidence in care provided

Several large teaching hospitals are among those which saw the steepest declines in the proportion of staff who would recommend the care of their organisation, according to the NHS staff survey results.


Ambulance waits hit two hours for heart attacks and strokes

Average waits for an ambulance for stroke and heart attack patients have reached as long as two hours in one region, after a further fall in performance in recent weeks, HSJ can reveal.


Single region responsible for a third of ambulance handover delays

One ambulance trust is reporting nearly a third of all time lost due to handover delays at emergency departments, according to figures seen by HSJ.


Leak reveals hour-long ambulance delays have quadrupled in 12 months

Ambulance handover delays lasting more than 60 minutes have quadrupled compared to this time last year, according to internal NHS data.


Acute trust chair steps down amid ICS creation

The chair of Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust will step down earlier than planned to allow his successor to start the role when integrated care systems are formally established.

report, court

Trusts drop business rates battle against councils

Eleven NHS trusts have dropped a long-running bid to pay business rates at a discount usually reserved for charities, according to the Local Government Association.

Money coins

Revealed: The seven trusts getting £6m each for tech improvements

Seven trusts will receive £6m each over the next three years in the second phase of Matt Hancock’s plan to improve IT infrastructure in the health service.

Cheltenham general hospital

ICS to push ahead with contentious reconfiguration

Several acute services are set to be centralised in a partial ‘hot/cold split’ after local health chiefs recommended a controversial reconfiguration between two district general hospitals.

Dark hospital corridor

Stevens condemns videoing of ‘empty’ hospitals

NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens has launched a blistering attack on people who post videos of ‘empty’ hospitals online claiming they show the NHS is not under pressure from covid.

Gloucestershire Royal hospital

Hospital trust tightens covid measures and sounds alarm over growing pressure

A hospital trust has warned it is facing ‘huge pressure’ as it must convert more wards to covid-only, and has more than 100 ‘medically fit’ patients who have not been discharged.

Emergency, service redesign, A&E

Exclusive: Major A&E shake-up plans to be rolled out in coming weeks

Pilots for a new urgent care model requiring walk-in patients to book slots in emergency departments are expected to be rolled out in at least one site in every health system in the coming weeks, HSJ has learned.

Gloucestershire Royal hospital

Trust declares critical incident over ‘relentless demand’

A trust has declared a critical incident after experiencing “relentless demand” on urgent and emergency care, months after downgrading one of its emergency departments.

Richard-Strong 3x2

Securing the NHS pivot to digital: the questions boards should be asking now

Richard Strong, managing director, EMEA, Allscripts, argues trusts boards should be “very positive” about the health tech response to the first wave of covid-19; but they need to act now to secure recent gains for the NHS reset.

Cheltenham general hospital

Trust to ‘temporarily’ downgrade A&E amid concerns of permanent move

A trust will temporarily downgrade one of its A&E departments ahead of a potential second spike of covid-19 cases – but there are fears the move could become permanent.

care home

New areas emerge as hotspots for ‘excess deaths’

New areas have emerged as hotspots for excess deaths during the coronavirus pandemic, according to new analysis of care home statistics by HSJ.

report, court

Eleven trusts renew £1.5bn court battle with their local councils

Eleven hospital trusts are continuing a High Court action against their local authorities, by seeking to appeal a previous ruling that denied them an estimated £1.5bn in backdated business rates.