News Wednesday, December 23rd

Hereford County Hospital has a new ward

A new ward has opened to ease the squeeze on bed space at Hereford County Hospital.

The 16-bed Gilwern assessment unit represents the first real increase in bed capacity at the hospital since it was opened in 2002.

Gilwern will be used specifically to care for older, frail patients, and has been designed to help and support their care and recovery.

Amongst its features are colour-co-ordinated seven-bed bays to help patients feel secure in their surroundings and find their way back to their beds, furnishings which create a sense of homeliness, and a series of photographs of old Herefordshire to jog memories and create a sense of familiarity.

The new ward is a modular unit which has taken several months to complete.

“Our senior staff who specialise in looking after older patients have led on the preparation of the Gilwern Unit to ensure the care provided is the best,” said Richard Beeken, the Trust’s chief executive.

“This has taken time, but we’re satisfied the new unit gives the kind of care we’d want for our own relatives and friends,” he said.

Gilwern is included in the first phase of the hospital’s re-development plan that, over coming years, is intended to increase capacity and replace outdated buildings.

The 16-bed Gilwern assessment unit represents the first real increase in bed capacity at Hereford County Hospital since it was opened in 2002.

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