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Press release – September 13 2021
Trust opens former GP surgery to bring clinics into the community
Wye Valley NHS Trust is breathing new life into a former GP surgery located near the heart of Hereford city.
GPs from the Hereford Medical Group vacated Sarum House, last year. Since then, the Trust has been working to reopen the building, which sits in the shadow of Hereford Cathedral, as an easy to reach clinic for patients which avoids the need for them to visit the main County Hospital site.
Services now operating out of the building, located in St Ethelbert Street, include:
- Bladder and Bowel Health
- Community Neurology CNS Team: Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons, Epilepsy
- District Nursing
- Lower Limb Wound clinic
- Speech and Language Therapy – adults and children
- Ophthalmology every other month
- Midwifery clinics once a week
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening one day a month
- Pre-school vision screening clinics every other month
“These are exciting times as we’re providing a range of services away from the main hospital in an easy to access building in the city centre,” said Stephanie Kerridge, city locality manager for Wye Valley NHS Trust.
“These are early days and we’re looking to expand and make more clinics available at Sarum House.”
She added that the City District Nursing team is trialling a clinic-based service in the building for up to two days a week for non-housebound patients on their caseload which will mainly be focused on catheter care.
“The team will also see patients who need support and education and who are able to attend a clinic.”
A new lower limb service is also being provided in the building and the Trust is also supporting patients who suffer from long-term chronic pain.
“Sarum House clinics include a nurse prescriber, physiotherapist, and clinical psychologist, supported by the Pain Clinic Consultants in Wye Valley NHS Trust. We support people to better understand their long term condition and to learn new skills to live well with pain,” said Helen Burke, Clinical Nurse Specialist with the Herefordshire pain Self-Management Team.
The refurbished building now has 11 clinic rooms, four offices, a reception and staff rest area. And staff at the building can now get to work in a more sustainable way with new secure bicycle rack at the back of the building.
The Trust is considering how it can further develop Sarum House as a community hub for clinics – watch this space!
At your service – WVT staff providing clinics and other services from Sarum House
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.