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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 and recovery.

This includes colour-co-ordinated bays to help patients feel secure in their surroundings and find their way back to their beds, furnishings which create a sense of homeliness, and a series of photographs of old Herefordshire to jog memories and create a sense of familiarity.

The new ward is a modular unit which has taken several months to complete.

“Our senior staff who specialise in looking after older patients have led on the preparation of the Gilwern Unit to ensure the care provided is the best,” said Richard Beeken, the Trust’s chief executive.

“This has taken time, but we’re satisfied the new unit gives the kind of care we’d want for our own relatives and friends,” he added.

The new unit - which has two seven-bed bays plus two single rooms - opened its doors to its first patients over the Christmas period.

“We’re committed to making the best use of the County Hospital site and we have ambitious plans which, over the coming years, will increase our capacity, replace outdated buildings and create modern fit-for-purpose facilities.

“This is a significant step forward in this process and we’re delighted we’ve been able to open the doors to our first patients in the new unit,” added Richard.

Pic caption:

Staff in the new Gilwern Unit at the County Hospital surrounded by colleagues who have helped design the new unit and staff from other parts of the hospital they will be working with.

Staff In The New Gilwern Unit At The County Hospital


Notes to Editors WVT:

  • Wye Valley NHS Trust is the provider health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve. We are the leading provider of health care in Herefordshire.
  • By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
  • With an estimated annual turnover of around £160 million, we employ around 2,700 plus staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.For further information please contact:

For further information please contact:

John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Fiona Gurney, Communications Assistant 01432 355444 ext. 5105.

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

Fiona Gurney
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105
Email:  Fiona.gurney@wvt.nhs.uk


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