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Second CT scanner set to bring benefits to local patients at the County Hospital

Patients at Hereford County Hospital received an early Christmas present when local philanthropist Clive Richards OBE and his wife Sylvia purchased a second CT scanner. The £250,000 donation has allowed Wye Valley NHS Trust to bring in a second CT scanner to the hospital doubling its ability to see patients quickly and reducing waiting times. It means that patients will be able to have their scans and diagnosis more quickly. Most importantly for patients, it means they will be able to…

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New ward opens at Hereford County Hospital

Patients and staff at Hereford County Hospital have something to celebrate following the opening of a new 16-bedded ward. This marks the first real increase in bed capacity at the hospital since it was opened in 2002 and signals Wye Valley NHS Trust’s commitment to increasing capacity and improving services at the hospital. The new ward, called the Gilwern Assessment Unit, will be used specifically to care for older, frail people, and has been designed to help and support their care an…

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Visiting restrictions lifted at Hereford County Hospital

Visiting restrictions at Hereford County Hospital have been lifted following the reopening of Wye Ward and Frome Ward. The restrictions had been put in place on Wye Ward and Frome Ward following an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting last week. Alison Johnson, consultant microbiologist at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “We’re pleased to have re-opened Wye Ward at the weekend and Frome Ward today, following patient cases out of diarrhoea and vomiting last week, with some cases confirmed as…

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Hereford Academy students pay Christmas visit to children’s ward

Students from The Hereford Academy made their traditional visit to Hereford County Hospital’s children’s ward this week. Five students studying childcare at The Hereford Academy enjoyed talking and handing out gifts to the children in hospital during Christmas.  They also spent time finding out about the care and treatment available in the hospital for young patients.   Seven year old patient, Sophie (pictured below), said: “I enjoyed the visit and it was a nice surprise to get present…

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Two hospital wards at Hereford County Hospital closed to visitors

Two wards at Hereford County Hospital have been closed to visitors due to cases of diarrhoea and vomiting.  As a preventative measure visiting to Frome Ward and Wye Ward at Hereford County Hospital has been stopped to prevent the further spread of diarrhoea and vomiting which is affecting some patients. Visitors can check the Trust website for up to date details www.wyevalley.nhs.uk This kind of outbreak comes from within the community and is often seen this time of year. Experience ha…

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Herefordshire’s men get an early Christmas present

Herefordshire’s men have had an early Christmas present - a new state-of-the-art ultrasound machine to help detect prostate cancer. Cheltenham-based charity ROBOCAP awarded Wye Valley NHS Trust £33,000 to help cover the cost of the £65,000 scanner. It means the Trust’s urology team can now offer a one-stop assessment clinic for men with a raised Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) - a blood test designed to screen patients for prostate cancer. Consultant urologist, Graham Sole, at Wye Val…

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Local health care organisations make contingency plans for day of industrial action

Statement by David Farnsworth, Executive Lead Nurse, Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group “Health and care organisations in Herefordshire are working together to ensure there are robust plans that protect the safety, welfare and service provided to patients, during the planned junior doctor’s industrial action on Tuesday December 1.” “The dispute is in relation to the Government’s response to pay and terms and conditions for junior doctors. It is not a dispute with NHS Trusts as…

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Trust celebrates 1,000 days without MRSA

Wye Valley NHS Trust is celebrating 1,000 days without a case of hospital-acquired MRSA bacteraemia (blood stream) infection in its hospitals - making it the top performer in the West Midlands. In fact, this puts the Trust as a top performer in England, with only six other hospitals achieving a similar amount of time without an MRSA bacteraemia. The Trust has a “zero tolerance approach” to healthcare associated infections and is committed to providing first class patient care. “That’s…

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Do you love your lungs?

During Lung Cancer Awareness Month (November), Wye Valley NHS Trust and Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation are encouraging people displaying the common symptoms of lung cancer, such as a persistent cough, breathlessness or unexplained weight-loss, to visit their GP. Lung cancer is the most common cancer in the world.  In the UK, around 44,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.  It is the most common cause of cancer death in the UK for both men and women.  Everyone is at risk of developin…

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Herefordshire mum helps raise awareness of Self Care Week

To mark Self Care Week 2015 (16 to 22 November) Wye Valley NHS Trust, Herefordshire Council, and a local mum, are helping to raise awareness about how you can Self Care for Life. Living well and being healthy will help us to do that.  This means practicing Self Care for Life which most of us already do on a daily basis.  Choosing to eat healthily, get the flu vaccination, keep warm during winter, and self-treat common ailments, are all positive self care actions.  It’s particularly i…

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Contact Details

John Burnett
Communication and engagement manager
Tel: 01432 372928
Email: John.Burnett@wvt.nhs.uk

Amanda Millichip
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105
Email: Amanda.Millichip@wvt.nhs.uk

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Trust Headquarters
Union Walk
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