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Spring course to support people with health conditions

Press release – February 21 2017


Spring course to support 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, MS, ME, back pain, depression or epilepsy  are invited to take part in the self-management course, which involves one session a week for six weeks.

Spring courses start from April 19 in Leominster, April 20 in Hereford, and summer courses planned for May and June in Bromyard and Hereford.

Sue Tobey, Expert Patient’s Programme Co-ordinator at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “Our courses are tutored by trained volunteers who live 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 managing symptoms and pain, healthy eating tips, relaxation techniques 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 or visit (community services).


Note to Editors:

  • 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 01432 355444 ext. 5105.

The above should be viewed in the context of the draft Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) which was published in November 2016. It is ‘owned’ by all local health and care organisations working across Herefordshire & Worcestershire, supported by Voluntary Sector representatives.

It’s really early days and at this stage just sets out a direction of travel for the next 4/5 years. We are not consulting on the draft plan, instead through an initiative called Your Conversation we’re having a very early discussion with local people about how this sounds.

There are some STP headline priorities, which are:

  • Doing more to prevent illness and encouraging people to live healthier lives
  • Encouraging people to self-care or self-manage more of the routine aspects of their conditions
  • Improving access to GP appointments
  • Improving our community services which care for people at home, including making better use of technology
  • Changing role for Community Hospitals
  • Easier access to emergency/urgent care
  • Making our acute and specialist services more sustainable

For more info visit

Contact Details

John Burnett
Communication and engagement manager
Tel: 01432 372928

Amanda Millichip
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105

Fiona Gurney
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105


Postal address:

Wye Valley NHS Trust
The County Hospital
Trust Headquarters
Union Walk

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