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Press release – May 30 2018
Health and wellbeing advice available in Hereford’s High Town
There was literally advice you could shake a stick at when Wye Valley NHS Trust took part in a health and wellbeing event in Hereford’s High Town.
Among the teams of staff from the Trust was the falls team which gave out tips on how to stay steady on your feet – including how to look after your walking stick and checks on ferrules – the blocks of rubber which sit on the end of walking sticks to make sure they don’t slip.
Thousands of shoppers and visitors passed through the Engaging Communities event held in High Town on Tuesday this week, May 29, and picked up advice from a range of organisations, including the Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, Deaf Direct, Police Modern Slavery, HVOSS, Halo and Street Pastors.
WVT’s team of paediatric specialist nurses were kept busy with a stream of families talking about a range of issues.
“As paediatric specialist nurses we were pleased to attend this event and had many positive conversations with children and families about our roles, and were able to share health advice and answer questions related to our specialities,” said paediatric respiratory nurse June Hartfield.
“This included advice on skin care including eczema and being safe in the sun, advice on inhaler use and top tips on how families can provide good asthma care for their children,” added June.
“We were able to pass on information on how to access epilepsy and diabetes care while also promoting the children’s community nursing service which offers at home support to children with complex long term conditions.”
She added that younger visitors were particularly interested in the play therapy interactive toys they had on display.
“It was a really worthwhile event. With such a range of organisations involved the wealth of knowledge and advice available was extensive and covered a huge range of issues. I’m sure we’ll be back next year!”
June Hartfield, left with colleague Hilary Havard, paediatric dermatology nurse, giving out a range of advice at the Engaging Communities event held in Hereford’s High Town.
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.
For further information please contact:
Wye valley NHS Trust communications team 01432 372928 or 01432 355444 x5105.