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Have your say on South Glos Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Posted on Wednesday 27th February 2013 at 2:48 pm by SH (Editor)

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Consultation has begun on South Gloucestershire’s first Health and Wellbeing Strategy and local people are being encouraged to have their say.

Prepared by the district’s Health and Wellbeing Board, the strategy sets out a series of priorities to make sure that South Gloucestershire’s health and care services meet the needs of local people in the coming years.

Among its draft priorities, the strategy says that health and care providers should make it easier for people to make healthy lifestyle choices, for example by providing advice on stopping smoking or taking more exercise.

The strategy also highlights the need to tackle health inequalities within the district and to ensure that when services are needed, these are provided in the most appropriate health care settings.

Consultation on the strategy runs until Wednesday 15th May, and residents are being urged to share their views.

Copies of the strategy and an online survey are available from

The strategy is also available by emailing or by telephoning 01454 862 356.

Source: NHS South Gloucestershire


Hospital campaigners grill health chiefs over Frenchay plans

Posted on Wednesday 23rd January 2013 at 4:44 pm by SH (Editor)

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Frenchay Hospital campaigners grilled health bosses at a council meeting today (Wednesday 22nd January) about the latest uncertainty that hangs over a new community hospital.

Plans for Frenchay’s new community hospital – now known as a Health and Social Care Centre – were only agreed last year and envisaged a greater range of services than that proposed in the original Bristol Health Services Plan drawn up by the previous Labour government in 2005.

But a new review of services at Frenchay has recently been jointly launched by the NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust Cluster and local GP-led Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The review had been due to report in March 2013, but councillors were told at today’s meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s Public Health and Health Scrutiny Committee that they would have to wait longer before any decision would be made and no specific date was forthcoming.

Local MPs Jack Lopresti and Chris Skidmore met recently with the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP, to raise their concerns over the hospital delay.

Speaking during the meeting, Cllr John Godwin (Con, Winterbourne), a former Chairman of the Save Frenchay Hospital Group who worked on the community hospital project group, said:

 “As a member of the Frenchay Hospital project group, we carefully gathered plenty of data on local health needs and future projections and so it’s unclear what has changed in such a short time in order to justify this latest review and all the uncertainty and local concern that it has caused.”

After the meeting, he added:

“It was disappointing to hear the inability of the local NHS to give us and the local community a clear date by which we will know what changes, if any, they plan to make to our planned new community hospital.”

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Source: Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council


NHS launches survey on care in the community

Posted on Tuesday 10th April 2012 at 5:18 pm by SH (Editor)

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NHS South Gloucestershire has launched a questionnaire for patients, family members and carers to share their views on South Gloucestershire’s current range of community health services and what needs to be provided in the future.

South Gloucestershire’s community health services provide a range of nursing care in people’s own homes, community specialist clinics and in Henderson Ward at Thornbury Hospital.

Services include discharge support to help people when they leave hospital, district and specialist nursing at home, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. They also provide specialist clinics to provide patients with easier, faster access to diagnostic tests; assessment and treatment for a range of conditions; advice on diet and nutrition; as well as advice and support by the Disabled Adult Resource Team.

Kate Lavington, Urgent Care Programme Manager at NHS South Gloucestershire, said:

“We know that people really value the nursing support they get in the community and we would like patients, carers and family members who have used these services to tell us their experience and what they would like to see in the future. We are preparing to award a new contract for these services and your experience and views will help us shape what we offer in the future.”

Questionnaires can be picked up at your local GP surgery, downloaded from NHS South Gloucestershire’s website or completed online at:

The survey will close on Monday 30th April, 2012.

Please note that the survey does not include home care services provided by South Gloucestershire Council.

Source: NHS South Gloucestershire


Chair announced for NHS in Bristol, North Somerset and South Glos

Posted on Thursday 8th December 2011 at 11:08 am by SH (Editor)

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The NHS has announced today that Stephen Harrison has been appointed chairman of the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust cluster.

The PCT cluster is the executive and governance function of the three PCTs for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, who collectively commission £1.5 billion worth of health services for their populations of around one million people. Mr Harrison was previously chair of NHS North Somerset, the local Primary Care Trust for North Somerset.

Deborah Evans, chief executive of the cluster said:

“I am delighted to welcome Stephen as chair for our cluster. He has already been doing an excellent job as interim chair and helping the three primary care trusts come together to work smoothly.”

“Stephen brings his wealth of experience from being chair at North Somerset and his previous council roles and I am glad to have him on board as we carry on the important work to get ready to hand over a well run health service to the Clinical Commissioning Groups in 2013. I would also like to thank the former chairs of NHS Bristol, Richard Weatherhead, and NHS South Gloucestershire, Melanie Gibbs, for all their much valued work and continued support during our transition into a cluster of PCTs.”

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Source: NHS South Gloucestershire