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Hospitals pledge £900,000 top up for Gloucestershire nursing teams

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 31, 2014

Maggie Arnold with her nursing team at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

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Nursing teams across county hospitals are in line for a major boost thanks to almost £1 million of new funding.

Cheltenham and Gloucester hospitals will recruit 17 new nurses and 11 health care assistants as part of a £900,000 investment in care for frail and elderly patients.

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHNHSFT), which runs both hospitals, will boost patient care at Cheltenham General Hospital (CGH) and Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (GRH).

The majority of the new nurses will be recruited to the hospital’s Medical Division where they will look after more frail and elderly patients.

The investment by the Trust marks a continued commitment to high quality care across both sites. Over the last five years around £5.5m has now been spent on nursing recruitment and nursing programmes aimed at improving patient care.

Maggie Arnold, Director of Nursing, said: “We are absolutely committed to providing patients with high quality care across both our hospitals in Cheltenham and Gloucester.

“An important part in providing that care is ensuring we have the right staff in the right place delivering the right care at the right time.”

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