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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

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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
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