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County Hospital ward celebrates festive first birthday

Press release – December 23 2015



County Hospital ward celebrates festive first birthday

The first new ward to open at Hereford County Hospital since it was built in 2002 has proved a resounding success during its first 12 months.

The opening of the 16-bedded Gilwern Assessment Unit at Christmas 2015 marked a significant milestone in the history of Hereford County Hospital as it was the first real increase in beds since the hospital opened more than a decade ago.

During the last 12 months, the unit has had around 1,000 patients pass through its doors and has made a huge contribution to the way the hospital has been able to treat and care for older, frail patients.

The average age of patients on the ward has been 85 and range their ailments have included urinary tract infections, pneumonia, falls, dementia and respiratory infections.

“It’s been a huge success,” said Sister Sharon Price, who leads the 30--strong team which cares for patients on the ward.

“It’s meant we’ve been able to give our older and more frail patients – many of whom have dementia – a friendly and tailored level of care they would otherwise not have had if they were being cared for on one of our other wards.”

The unit – which has two seven-bed bays and two single rooms - was designed specifically to care for older, frail people, 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.

“Our aim is to give our older patients excellent care – the kind of care we’d want for our own relatives and friends,” added Sharon.

“We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from relatives of our patients and are continuing to fine tune the care we give on the ward based on the comments we receive.”


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 Amanda Millichip, communications officer, on 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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