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Wye Valley NHS Trust celebrates nurses and midwives from around the world

Press release –  May 13 2019


Nurses and midwives from around the world working at Wye Valley NHS Trust joined International Nurses Day and Day of the Midwife celebrations this week.   

International Nurses’ Day takes place on May 12 each year, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, and International Day of the Midwife happens annually on May 5.

More than 1,200 nurses and midwives from Herefordshire, Wales, and as far afield as the Philippines, India, Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain United States, and New Zealand provide care at the Trust’s local hospitals and in people’s homes.

Lucy Flanagan, director of nursing at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “I'm very proud of our amazing nursing and midwifery staff and wish to say a BIG thank you to each and every one of them for their hard work and dedication.  Every day they go above and beyond what is required to ensure that patients and mothers and their families receive high quality care round the clock in our hospitals and at home.

“To mark the event our nurses and midwives pinned their national country’s flag to a giant map in Hereford County Hospital’s Spires restaurant to celebrate the diversity of our workforce and the benefits this brings to our organisation.  They spoke about the importance of their role, ran an exhibition stands to showcase their profession, and there was a quiz and prize for the winner.”

Emergency Department Nurse Tanya Dass described nursing as a “most profound and rewarding career.”

“When you help people, it gives you an immense sense of satisfaction. We often see our patients during a very challenging time in their life and there’s a real sense of satisfaction to provide care and be there with them.”

Lucy Flanagan added: “This Trust is a great place to work and we have a number of opportunities for nurses to progress their careers and specialise in many areas.  We have a comprehensive education and support programme, to ensure nurses have the right skills to provide high quality care for patients in Herefordshire. 

“If you are a qualified nurse or interested in returning to nursing or midwifery in Herefordshire you can find out more at our open day on 14 May 2019 at Hereford County Hospital.  If you would like to come along, please email email or call on 01432 383368”.

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Pic caption:

Coming together to celebrate Nurses and Midwives at Hereford County Hospital. Tanya Dass is pictured at the front in red.

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.


Contact Details

John Burnett
Communication and engagement manager
Tel: 01432 372928

Amanda Millichip
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 372928

Fiona Gurney
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 372928


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