October, 2020

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Phlebotomy services in the South Cotswolds 

Changes were made to blood testing services across Gloucestershire to improve the quality and equity of the service and ensure that patients receive care in the right place at the right time.  

In the South Cotswolds, as elsewhere in the county, GP surgeries are now providing blood testing services for patients when the surgery requires this. For many patients, having the test carried out at their GP surgery is more convenient, helping them to avoid unnecessary delays and journeys to hospital and giving more certainty around appointments. GP surgeries are receiving additional funds to do this and surgery staff have received additional training.

In the South Cotswolds, outpatient blood testing on the day of the appointment continues to be available at Cirencester Hospital. However, for safety reasons, blood tests on a drop-in basis are no longer being carried out. This is due to COVID-19 and the need to ensure that patients and staff can maintain social distancing. 

During October, there is a bookable blood testing clinic at Cirencester Hospital every Monday morning between 8.30am – 12.15pm. This service is available for patients who need to have blood tests as part of their consultant outpatient care. 

However, we recognise that service arrangements need to be strengthened and improved and we are working with the service providers and taking urgent action to progress this. 

From 1 November, the bookable blood testing clinic (currently on Mondays only) will be available on three days every week (clinic times will be confirmed soon). 

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust (GHC), who will be providing the service, are taking the following steps:

  • recruiting additional staff who are qualified to take blood tests
  • transferring and training one member of staff with phlebotomy skills from another department to the service to provide the additional appointments

There are also plans to develop the current capacity and from 1 December, the service will be provided on five days per week, with capacity to provide around 5,000 blood tests every year.  

Daglingworth Parish Council Meeting

The next meeting of Daglingworth Parish Council will be held on Thursday 15th October 2020 at 7.30pm, in the main Village Hall (Adhering to Covid 19 restrictions at the time).

All Welcome!

Community Orchard Days

Bring a bag and pick your own apples – everyone welcome! Barton House Orchard, Cirencester Park GL7 2EE (Between Barton Lane and Cecily Hill) Enter the orchard gate at the Dovecot near Barton Lane gate. Voluntary donations please to support Cotswold Tree Warden group.

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Library Newsletter October 2020


General Gloucestershire Libraries

Welcome to the October Edition of Library News

Libraries Week – Welcome back to your local library! 

Libraries Week (5th-10th October)#librariesWeek is the national annual celebration of libraries. In Gloucestershire we’re celebrating that more and more of our local libraries, great and small, are ready to welcome you back in person! Browse for your next great read or get online with our PCs.

Gradually as customer safety changes have been made, we’ve been moving from collection services only to restarting public sessions. During Libraries Week we’ll be celebrating the range of library buildings across the county and the teams ready to welcome you back. Look out for a new video on what to expect on your visit, as well as local posters to share the news with those who aren’t online.

Ready to visit? Please check our website for the NEW opening times at your nearest library.

Get Online Week 2020

learn my way

Get Online Week is the biggest digital inclusion campaign in the UK.  Each October it celebrates digital inclusion and helps people learn new digital skills. Click here to  to see how yourself or your  relatives can make the most of an  online experience with Learn My Way. Instead of events taking place in libraries this year we will offering our digital services. 

Explore a wealth of information at your fingertips with our Virtual Reference Library,whether it’s for academic studies or to support your own interests or hobbies.  Keep up with the news with Newsbank or delve into the lives of others with the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography or Findmypast with access to 13 billion records worldwide until at least the end of October! .  There is also a whole online library of digital books to discover from RBdigital (eBooks and eMagazines) and BorrowBox(eAudiobooks).  Get online today and make the most of these free resources, brought to you by  Gloucestershire Libraries 

Silly Squad 2020

Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge 2020

This year’s challenge finished on 30th September there was plenty happening as the challenge went online with virtual stickers and rewards,activity packs were gifted to children in care and those using food banks, plus heaps of online activities to keep children busy. Congratulations to all the children who took part in online Silly Squad this year and kept reading over the summer.  Exciting news about the theme for next year’s challenge will be revealed in this newsletter soon! If you missed the excellent live events that took place, see them during Libraries’ Week (5th – 10th October) #librariesWeek.

National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day Thursday 1st October.

National Poetry Day, this year celebrates the power of poetry and this year’s theme is VisionFollow us on Facebook and Twitter @Gloucestershire libraries and  Dip into the selection of the poems provided – both old and new – and See It Like a Poet! #NationalPoetryDay. In the meantime explore the poetry appearing throughout Gloucester in the Of Earth and Sky Project-a large scale sculpture trail supported by Gloucester Culture Trust, Gloucester Cathedral and Strike a Light.

New books

Dear NHS

Edited by the author of ‘This is going to hurt’, ‘Dear NHS…’ features 100 household names telling their personal stories of the health service. if you’re enjoying Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse’s quirky friendship and their fishing expeditions on TV you’ll love to read Gone Fishing

For fans of the ‘Roasting Tin’ series, the latest is full of one-tin meals from around the globe–The Roasting Tin around the World.. There are lots more new books arriving daily. Check out What’s New on our catalogue home page https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/

The crossing places

The Crossing Places

Our eAudiobook of the Month is Elly Griffiths’The Crossing Places, where archaeology meets modern day crime, and the windswept Norfolk Marshes provide the backdrop for this riveting cold-case investigation. A must for all fans of Val McDermid and Ann Cleeves!

Reference from home

The Virtual Reference Library

Quick Quiz! Put Your Research Skills to the Test

How good are your research skills?  Put them to the test with our Virtual Reference Library Quiz 2020.  Explore what  you can access for free using your library membership on any device from Driving Theory and Citzenship courses to Studying and keeping up with the news.The answers will be shared next month, so get quizzing…