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Police concerned for missing woman Heidi Slender

Heidi Slender went missing from Gloucestershire Royal Hospital yesterday Credit: Glos Police

Police are increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing woman from Cheltenham.

Heidi Slender, 23, was reported missing from her home in the Vittoria Walk area on Wednesday 26 April.

She was last seen at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in Gloucester yesterday morning where she had been taken for a medical issue.

She left before being treated and has not returned home.

Heidi is considered vulnerable and officers want her to make contact via 101 to let police know she is okay.

  • Anyone who knows where Heidi is or spots her is urged to call 101 and quote incident 453 of 26 April


Gloucestershire A&E waiting times must improve, says report

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More than a third of Gloucestershire's hospital services "require improvement", according to a damning new report.

A&E waiting times are still failing to meet targets, there should be enough qualified and experienced consultants in Gloucestershire Royal A&E at all times - and the trust must strengthen its systems to safeguard children from abuse. That's according to a new report from the Care Quality Commission, which inspected Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in March.

Two-thirds of the trust's services were rated "good" or "outstanding", but the Commission says many areas need to improve.

The government's health regulator, Monitor, is already set to investigate the trust's ongoing failure to meeting A&E waiting time targets.

Gloucester hospital restricting visitors due to suspected norovirus

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital has closed several wards. Credit: ITV News

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital has closed several wards today following an outbreak of a diarrhoea and vomiting illness.

Director of Nursing Maggie Arnold said this was a precautionary measure to control the spread of infection, and that the hospital is hoping to reintroduce visiting in a few days. Maternity wards are still open to visitors, but children's wards are only for parents and carers. Relatives who wish to visit on compassionate grounds are asked to speak to ward staff before entering.

I hope that families and friends will understand that we need to protect our vulnerable patients and that is why we are asking them not to visit for this short period. We would strongly urge people to take notice and act on the Combat Norovirus campaign messages which have got a high profile presence on posters, large banners and signs at both main hospitals.

– Maggie Arnold, Director of Nursing, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital


Major incident declared in Gloucestershire hospitals

A major incident was declared in Gloucestershire yesterday owing to a lack of hospital beds.

51 patients needed beds at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Cheltenham General Hospital.

The shortage was revealed today during a crisis meeting between health care providers across Gloucestershire. They met to discuss claims over “bed-blocking” patients who prevent others from being admitted.

A combination of factors have been blamed for “bed-blocking”, including administration changes to social services, a lack of suitable home-care packages and issues with transferring patients to community hospitals.

Takeaway orders increase from hospitals

Takeaway orders increase from hospitals Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

New research has found a rise in the number of searches for takeaways in UK hospitals.

Analyses of the IP addresses of around 200 hospitals found a 347 per cent rise in one year in the number of takeaway searches and online orders placed.

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital had one of the highest number of searches.

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital’s helipad officially re-opens

The local air ambulance made a ceremonial landing at Gloucestershire Hospital Credit: HELP appeal

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital’s helipad officially re-opened today following a ceremonial landing by the local air ambulance and a ribbon cutting ceremony in front of the hospital.

The helipad, which has not been used since April last year due to the construction of a new multi-storey car park, is now back in action and helping to save lives. Funding was provided by the HELP (Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads) Appeal, and Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The helipad opening at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital Credit: HELP appeal

Commenting on the re-opening of the helipad, Maggie Arnold, Emergency Care Programme Director at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, said:

“We are delighted to see the helipad re-opening today. Air ambulances can be an effective way of getting faster access to hospitals and are enormously valuable in transferring patients from rural areas of the county or where road access is difficult."