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Press release – 26 March 2020
Coronavirus - doctors and nurses asked to return to support Herefordshire’s NHS service
Wye Valley NHS Trust is inviting retired doctors and nurses, or nurses whose registration has lapsed, to support hospitals across Herefordshire during the coronavirus outbreak.
This follows the government’s recent announcement that letters are being sent to more than 65,000 retired doctors and nurses in England and Wales asking them to return to the NHS.
David Mowbray, medical director at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “We have well established plans in place for situations like this. However, we’re giving retired doctors and nurses the opportunity to help in our management of the coronavirus locally. The support of extra doctors and nurses will bolster the staffing we have in place to provide the best treatment and care for our patients during this time. If you are a retired doctor, or a doctor no longer working for the NHS, please email us email@example.com”.
Catherine Davies, associate director of nursing at Wye Valley NHS Trust, added: “We’re calling on retired nurses, and nurses whose registration has lapsed, to join us at this time. We have a wide range of areas where your experience and support would be welcomed and as part of this will be providing refresher training sessions to support you. To find out more, please email HealthCareSupport@wvt.nhs.uk”.
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 £185 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:
Fiona Gurney, communications officer, or John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928