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Natalie is a junior doctor at Wye Valley NHS Trust
“I moved to Hereford from Birmingham and I love the community spirit of the city.
There really is everything you need here. The city has the River Wye running through its centre and rural Herefordshire is only ever a five minute drive away.
The Trust is small and I see this as being incredibly positive. The staff know each other and these relationships create pace when things need to happen quickly.
The Gilwern Assessment Unit (GAU), frail and elderley unit, is a great place to work. It feels calm and organised and the patients are encouraged, where possible, to get up and get dressed. The staff work as a true multi-disciplinary team (MDT) with a clear ethos of patient independence, they work closely with community colleagues to deliver continuity of care when a patient is discharged from the unit".
Kerry is a junior doctor at WYe Valley NHS Trust
“I’ve lived in Hereford since August 2015 and I would love to stay, it’s a beautiful place to live. I walk to and from work, I feel safe and the views over the city are breath-taking.
I like that Wye Valley NHS Trust is small, it means that I’m exposed to much more than I would be in a big hospital. The Trust is friendly and informal and I feel supported by my senior colleagues.
Working on GAU is a great experience. Being in a position to discuss care and concerns with patients and their relatives means that we’re all on the same page. Having these conversations regularly reduces delays and keeps everyone one up to date with progress.
The MDT is brilliant. Daily reviews of all the patients on GAU means that you can see recovery happening. The workload is shared throughout the team from doctors through to healthcare assistants, everyone helps each other.”