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Herefordshire residents urged to use NHS alternatives

Local residents are being urged to only attend Hereford County Hospital’s Emergency Department for serious injuries or illnesses, following a surge in attendances and hospital admissions during the Easter weekend. Jon Barnes, chief operating officer at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “We’re extremely busy caring for the high number of patients admitted to our hospitals during the Easter Weekend.  Nearly 600 people attended the Emergency Department between Good Friday to Easter Monday, more…

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Visiting restrictions lifted at Ross Community Hospital

Visiting restrictions at Ross Community Hospital have been lifted. The restrictions had been put in place a week ago following an outbreak of norovirus. It remains very important that any visitors with diarrhoea and/or vomiting do not visit the hospital until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours. Visitors are requested to practice good hand hygiene and use the alcohol gels available in all wards/departments. Wye Valley NHS Trust wishes to thank all patients and visitors for th…

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Visiting restrictions lifted on Gilwern Unit at Hereford County Hospital

Visiting restrictions at the County Hospital’s Gilwern Unit have been lifted. The unit was closed to visitors last week following an outbreak of Norovirus. While visitors are now allowed back on the ward, it is important that any visitors with diarrhoea and/or vomiting do not visit the hospital until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours. Visitors are requested to practice good hand hygiene and use the alcohol gels available in all wards/departments. The Trust thanks all patient…

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Ross Community Hospital wards temporarily closed to visitors due to diarrhoea and vomiting

Health bosses at Wye Valley NHS Trust have closed the two wards at Ross Community Hospital to visitors due to norovirus. Relatives of patients in the hospital are advised that limited visiting can be arranged on compassionate grounds. The decision has been taken as a preventative measure to halt the further spread of diarrhoea and vomiting which is affecting some patients. While it is business as usual for outpatient services at the hospital, patients should only attend hospital appoi…

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Simulation Suite To Support Medical Education Opens At Hereford County Hospital

A new simulation suite to help train doctors of the future has opened at Hereford County Hospital this week. The new simulation suite will be used to train more than 100 medical students from Birmingham Medical School and other junior doctors each year at Wye Valley NHS Trust. Doctors will be able to train in simulated real-life clinical scenarios, such as a cardiac arrest, to enhance their knowledge, experience, and skills, before going out onto the hospital wards. To mark the inaugu…

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Take care around the home and don’t be a victim of the ‘Easter accident spike’

People are being urged to take care around the home and garden across Herefordshire this Easter. The Easter break often sees a spike in accidents around the home and garden caused by a combination of the long Bank Holiday weekend, school holidays, longer days and (hopefully) improving weather. Everyone needs to be careful, but children aged under five and adults aged over 65 are most at risk. Every year in the UK*: More than two million children aged 15 or under are taken to A&…

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Visiting restrictions on Gilwern Unit at Hereford County Hospital

One ward at Hereford County Hospital has been closed to visitors due to cases of diarrhoea and vomiting - Norovirus.  As a preventative measure visiting to Gilwern Unit has been stopped to prevent the further spread of norovirus, which is affecting some patients. This kind of outbreak comes from within the community and is often seen this time of year. Experience has shown that restricting visiting can lessen the chance of spread to both patients and visitors and other areas of the hos…

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More patients to be cared for in their own homes

Two schemes which allow patients to receive hospital treatment at home and supports others to manage their long-term condition where they live, are to be expanded to cover the whole of Herefordshire. Introduced in the summer of 2013 in Hereford city, the “hospital at home” scheme allows some patients to receive care in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes instead of having to spend time on a hospital ward. A second scheme, known as “proactive case management” helps patients b…

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Little Feet charity makes huge strides forward to help families with stillborn babies

Herefordshire charity Rocky Lee’s Little Feet recently visited the maternity department of Hereford County Hospital to help support families who suffer the loss of a baby.  The charity, based in Ross-on-Wye, was set up by Sian-Louise Coopey after her son Rocky-Lee was stillborn in 2013. It provides financial relief to parents who cannot afford a memorial headstone for their stillborn babies. Its members recently paid a visit to the bereavement support team, based in the maternity depar…

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Trust highlighted for open reporting culture in newly published league table

Wye Valley NHS Trust has been named in the top 25 per cent of Trusts for the way it learns from mistakes. Today (Weds, March 9) the Secretary of State unveiled the “learning from mistakes league” which placed Wye Valley NHS trust in 53rd position out of a total of 230 Trusts. It rated the Trust as “good” to reflect the high levels of openness and transparency in the way it learns from mistakes and reports incidents. The Trust has been working to improve the culture of the organisation…

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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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