Press release – October 31 2017
Work has begun to redesign the reception area of the Emergency Department at Hereford County Hospital to improve patients’ experience while in the unit.
Along with other hospitals in England, Hereford County Hospital has experienced increasing numbers of patients attending the ED and is expecting the traditional surge in patients visiting now that winter is drawing near.
The Trust is working partnership with Taurus, a local healthcare provider, to increase the size of the clinical workforce to give patients a better experience and faster access to urgent care.
Construction workers moved onto site over the weekend and have now begun the work to redesign the Emergency Department reception area which expands the waiting area and provides additional clinic rooms for patient assessments.
“We’re working with our contractors to keep any disturbance to a minimum,” said Lynne Kedward, the Trust’s deputy chief operating officer.
The building work on the extension should be complete early in the New Year. This will be followed by two months of internal work to reconfigure the current Emergency Department.
“We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause,” said Lynne, “but we’re doing all we can to keep patients flowing through our Emergency Department and this extension has the potential to make a really positive difference.”
Notes to Editors WVT:
- Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve.
- 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 3,000 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 Amanda Millichip, Communications Officer 01432 355444 ext. 5105.