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Preparing for winter hospital pressures

Press release – August 16 2018

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A mobile ward with six beds has arrived at Hereford County Hospital to help manage the increase in demands on hospital services.

This is particularly key as the Trust prepares for winter pressures which are only a few months away, but also a reflection of the continuing unprecedented pressure on services which has continued through the summer.

The number of patients attending the Emergency Department suffering from major illnesses or injuries traditionally rises through winter, but this year this increase has continued throughout spring and into the summer months – latterly Emergency Department attendances have increased with an extra 10-20 patients every day.

In 2016 the hospital admitted around 190 adult patients a week through its Emergency Department. Last year this figure rose to 225 and this year it stands at 250 – a nearly 30 per cent increase in the last two years.

“Our priority is to ensure we deliver safe and efficient care during periods of high demand, particularly during the winter period,” said wye Valley NHS Trust managing director Jane Ives.

“The Vanguard unit provides a high-quality clinical environment appropriate for patient care and will help us now and also as we prepare for winter pressures.”

The mobile ward has been delivered this week and will undergo a commissioning period before starting to receive patients in September.

The unit is a mobile hospital ward, which will be connected centrally to the main hospital to ensure easy access to other clinical areas. It will be located in the car park near the Radiotherapy Unit.

The partnership between Wye Valley NHS Trust and Vanguard goes back a number of years - in previous years the company has provided facilities to support the hospital including a mobile clinic and a mobile operating theatre.

Steve Peak, Director of Delivery and Development at Vanguard Healthcare Solutions, said: “We’re delighted to once again be supporting Hereford County Hospital with additional clinical infrastructure. This proactive approach will help to alleviate potential winter pressures.”

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Note to editors

Wye Valley NHS Trust is a 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.

Vanguard Healthcare Solutions is a medical technology company which has partnered with healthcare providers in the UK and Europe for almost 20 years.

It provides highly trained support staff and high quality temporary clinical environments such as operating theatres, endoscopy, day surgery, clinics, and ward space to help healthcare providers, including the NHS, increase patient capacity and clinical space.

This can assist in reducing procedure waiting times.

Vanguard’s mobile clinical units can increase clinical capacity in both planned and emergency situations

For further information please contact:

Wye valley NHS Trust communications team 01432 372928 or 01432 355444 x5105.

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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Wye Valley NHS Trust
The County Hospital
Trust Headquarters
Union Walk
Hereford
HR1 2ER

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