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Spring course starts for people with health conditions

People with a long term health condition in the county are being offered a free course to help turn their life around.

Anyone in the county with a long term health condition, such as diabetes, arthritis, asthma or depression, are invited to take part in the self-help course, which involves one session a week for six weeks.

Spring courses start from April 20 in Leominster, May 9 in Bromyard, and the summer course starts on June 17 in Hereford.

Sue Tobey, Expert Patient’s Programme Co-ordinator at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “Our courses are tutored by trained volunteers with long term health conditions, so they have first-hand experience of learning new ways and techniques to manage their health more effectively.

“This is a time of year when people with long term health conditions can feel more restricted in being able to get active and outdoors.  This course can and has helped change people’s lives.  It covers relaxation techniques, managing symptoms and pain, healthy eating tips, and advice on gentle exercise.

“Our courses open up opportunities for people that they often didn’t realise existed and gives people the independence and motivation to achieve their goals to have a better quality of life. 

To find out more about the Expert Patients Programme call Sue Tobey on 01432 364463, email sue.tobey@wvt.nhs.uk or visit www.wyevalley.nhs.uk (community services).


Sue Tobey - Expert Patient’s Programme Co-ordinator

Sue Tobey


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 £180 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:

John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Fiona Gurney, Communications Officer 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


Postal address:

Wye Valley NHS Trust
The County Hospital
Trust Headquarters
Union Walk

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