News archive 2019

Help us protect patients, staff and visitors from norovirus

What to do if you're showing symptoms

GP practices taken over today

Update for patients at Abbey Meads Medical Centre, Crossroads Surgery, Moredon Medical Centre and Penhill Surgery

Cardiac Physiology team wins prestigious national award

Award for teaching and supporting healthcare scientist students

Children's flu vaccination letters - not sent by this Trust

Clarification on a local news story

Student nurse wins 'Most Inspirational Student' award

Emily scoops Open University national award

Man thanks off-duty GWH staff for saving his life

Lorry driver resuscitated after cardiac arrest

Stay safe and look out for others this Christmas

A video message from our Emergency Department and Urgent Care Centre team

New Neonatal Transitional Care ward opened

Support for babies who need additional care

2019 - what a year!

Merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy new year

The Great Western Hospital is extremely busy today

Call NHS 111 for advice on the best healthcare service for you

New investment in stroke service welcomed by patients who can now receive intense therapy at home

Patients can leave hospital sooner

Award-winning hospital team invites local people to learn about the latest in hip fracture care

Free health talk at GWH on Wednesday 23 October, 6.00pm

Great Western Hospital pioneers nurse-led eye injection

Time-saving new process improves patient satisfaction

CCG seeks patients to help improve local cancer care

Can you help?

Your healthcare options this winter

Help Us Help You

Occupational Therapists: Supporting patients to be at home

Celebrating Occupational Therapy Week, 4-8 November

Technical problems with phonelines

We are currently experiencing a technical issue with the hospital's main telephone line.

Swindon-based eye doctor receives national ophthalmology award

Hani Hasan awarded the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Medal in Clinical Ophthalmology for 2019

Brighter Futures hits two targets to improve care in nutrition and hydration

Innovative ideas to help elderly and dementia patients

Do you dare take on the 90ft drop at Great Western Hospital?

Abseil challenge to benefit the Children's Ward

One step to go for ten new incubators for Great Western Hospitals Special Care Baby Unit

Help Brighter Futures purchase one more incubator

Seek help as soon as you feel unwell

Don't wait until your condition gets worse

The Great Western Hospital is extremely busy

Call NHS 111 for advice on the best healthcare service for you

Brighter Futures Christmas Raffle

Tickets on sale for £3,000 first prize + many other prizes

Help us prevent delays in leaving hospital

We're very busy - how you can help

Why you might wait for longer than we would like

We're always here for you

Welcome to Great Western Hospitals’ newest Nursing Associates

Meet the 16 new Nursing Associates who have joined the Trust

Annual Members Meeting

Come along on Thursday, 26 September

We are the NHS

The Trust has over 1,500 dedicated nursing and midwifery staff

Bringing hospital care to a premature home birth

The new course is the first of its kind in the country

Local people with breathing problems encouraged to sign up for new Healthy Lives Course

Ask your GP or practice nurse to refer you

Join the Brighter Futures' lottery and win £25,000

New weekly lottery to help raise funds

New hospital menus for patients receiving end of life care

New scheme rolled out after successful pilot

Trick or treat yourselves to Brighter Futures' Halloween Spooktacular

Have fun raising funds for our charity

Pain management specialists introduce local people to effective ways of living well with pain

Free health talk on Wednesday 14 August

Pioneering new approach to caring for older patients

Successful pilot leads to improved care

New online appointment tool to improve patient experience

A new way to connect for mobile, tablet and computer users

Local volunteers needed to inspect the patient environment at the Great Western Hospital

Can you help on Wednesday 23 October?

Organ Donation Week 2019

Have you signed the organ donor register?

Brighter Futures returns to McArthurGlen Designer Outlet for third handbag amnesty

Come along to pick up a purchase and support your local hospital at the same time.

Important announcement

A message from Liam Coleman, Chair

Decontamination exercise at GWH today

Don't be alarmed - we're only training our staff

Can you take on the Hackpen Hill?

10k run for Brighter Futures

Local school pupils learn the ropes with NHS staff

Realistic road accident simulation exercise

Tobacco Control and Alcohol Misuse Prevention in Swindon

Free health talk on Thursday 25 July

Fire training exercise at GWH on Saturday

Emergency Department staff taking part in multi-service event

Paediatric experts share their tips for staying safe

Useful advice as the school holidays approach

Lifestyle choices that could lower your risk of dementia

New research suggests that a healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk, even if dementia runs in the family

Great Western Hospital Paramedics lead the way in independent prescribing

They are the first in the country to have passed the course

Staff to be treated to free happiness event

Treats for our wonderful staff and volunteers

New nationally-recognised professional development opportunity for our staff

Partnership with the University of Northampton

Staying safe in the sun

Some practical advice as temperatures rise

Nescio Ensemble to perform at GWH

String orchestra visiting on Wednesday 3 July

Final seal of approval for Radiotherapy Centre

A message from Kevin McNamara, Director of Strategy and Community Services

A hole in one: Charity Golf Day

Brighter Futures event on Tuesday 23 July

400 more patients sign up to clinical trials at Great Western Hospitals NHS FT

The Trust has seen an impressive uptake over the last year

Revolutionary heart monitor used for the first time at GWH

Exciting first for the Wiltshire Cardiac Team

We've smashed national targets for sepsis treatment

Acute Sepsis and Kidney Injury (ASK) Team saving more lives

Music therapy improves patient experience for those living with dementia

Sessions bringing 'remarkable' benefits

The countdown is on to Swindon Bubble Rush - have you got your ticket?

Brighter Futures family fun event with a difference

Celebrating National Volunteers Week

A big 'thank you' to our 400+ volunteers

Community COPD and Oxygen specialists help people in Swindon to breathe well and live well

Free health talk on Thursday 13 June

GWH nurse awarded British Empire Medal for transforming care of vulnerable people

Congratulations to Wendy Johnson BEM

Sepsis and Acute Kidney Injury flags see quicker response time

Electronically-entered observations being rolled out

The odds were in favour at Great Western Hospitals' 'Night at the Races'

Celebrating staff excellence at our annual awards night

Cream Tea in a Box back by popular demand

Order your £5 Brighter Futures treat

Brighter Futures Charity Concert

Swing Birds headlining on Saturday 6 July

Children can now drive themselves to surgery in style

A big thank you to Tesla Owners Group UK for the donation

Giving patients a voice to improve the care we give

Experience of Care Week - 22-26 April

Eight day reduction in length of stay for patients with a red bag

New scheme already improving patient care

End of life and palliative care professionals help people in Swindon to talk, plan and live

Free talk at GWH on Thursday 16 May

LGBTQ+ community supported with new Rainbow Badge Scheme

Staff signing up to be 'Rainbow Warriors'

Sun Awareness Week

Essential advice from Macmillan Skin Cancer Specialist

We're celebrating International Day of Nursing

Chief Nurse pays tribute to hospital and community nurses and midwives

End of life care nurses urge local people to talk about their wishes and plans

It's Dying Matters Week

Clinical trials leading the way in innovative care

Patients and their families encouraged to enquire about taking part

National Apprenticeship Week

Find out more about the range of apprentices available at GWH

National Nutrition and Hydration Week

Help Brighter Futures hit their Droplet Cup Appeal Target

Swallowing Awareness Day

Speech and Language Therapists managing dysphagia - swallowing difficulties

Brighter Futures wins Pride of Swindon Award

The award celebrated the charity smashing their £2.9million target

New incubators to care for the Trusts youngest patients

See how your fundraising has helped the Trust's youngest patients.

Free health talk offers kidney advice

Guidance on maintaining healthy kidneys and recognising kidney issues

Support your local NHS to help patients leave hospital

There's lots family, friends and carers can do to help

Seek help early on

Don't wait until your condition gets worse

South Cerney Army Regiment delivers Easter Eggs to Children's Ward

The children were thrilled to receive the sweet treats

Physiotherapy and Musculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment Service (MATS) appointments cancelled

Please don't attend today

Snow update

Information for patients, visitors and staff

Switchboard problems and attending the hospital

Information if you need to contact or visit the hospital

Update: contacting or visiting the hospital today

Latest information

Great Western Hospital is best performing in new national pilot

Saving 80 lives over the last three years

Sweet treats for Brighter Futures at Rick Stein's Marlborough restaurant

Coffee morning raises over £600

Problems with some phone numbers

What to do if you can't get through

Great Western Hospital improves care for deaf patients with new virtual service

The service will improve the patient experience for all deaf patients

Opportunities to join our team

Many of our roles don't require a healthcare qualification

Do you know if you're an alcoholic?

Found out more about the services available at the Great Western Hospital for those struggling with alcohol addictions.

Need some guidance on the new Red Bags?

GWH is holding a free health talk about the red bag scheme

GWH improves services with new Medical Day Unit

Dedicated unit at the Swindon Intermediate Care Centre (SwICC)

Keep off teething necklaces

Consultant paediatrician warns of dangers

New training to improve quality of care for patients with additional and complex needs

New learning and development toolkit for staff

Physiotherapists share advice and support for local people with hip and knee pain

A free wellbeing event

New patient pathway to reduce waiting times in the Emergency Department

Improvements for patients with chest pain

Brighter Futures event kicks off radiotherapy celebrations following charity's success

Flash mob helps to say 'Thank you'

New red bags to arrive with care home residents at Great Western Hospital

Simple idea to improve hospital care

Reminding vulnerable residents to get the flu vaccine

As temperatures continue to drop and snow falls, we're reminding those who are eligible to get their free flu jab.

Admiral Nurse Service Launched at Swindon's Great Western Hospital

New service will see a team of dedicated specialist dementia nurses working across community and hospital settings

Great Western Hospital leads the way down under

GWH has been approached by a Melbourne based healthcare provider.

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