Wye Valley NHS Trust

  • Our vision:  To improve the health and well being of the people we serve in Herefordshire and the surrounding areas
  • Our mission:  To provide a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and friends
  • Our values:  Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence
  • Our sites:  Hereford, Ross-On-Wye, Leominster, Bromyard
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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.

WVT surgeon lands top accolade

Trust surgeon Mr Edmund Leung has made history for the Trust! The 43-year-old general surgeon has won the prestigious Swann Morton Silver Scalpel award at the 2019 Association of Surgeons in Training international conference held last weekend in Belfast. Uniquely, it is the first time in the 19 year history of the award that it has gone to a surgeon not from a university or teaching Trust. “Hundreds of surgeons are nominated and I was in the last five but, to be honest, didn’t think I’d win as the others were from big teaching hospitals. I was drinking my coffee when they read out my name! “I hadn't prepared for a winning speech and hadn’t even shaved as I never thought I’d win,” said a shocked Edmund after the glittering ceremony. “I was asked by a lot of people which teaching hospital I had come from and had to explain to many of them where Hereford is. It’s unbelievable and a great honour to represent the Trust and receive this award.” His win has put Hereford County Hospital in the international spotlight and shows that surgeons in small rural hospitals can deliver excellent surgical training and patient care – just like the big teaching hospitals. Annually, the Silver Scalpel Award plays a vital part in recognising trainers that go the extra mile for their trainees, while at the same time promoting the highest standards of surgical training. Most weekends Edmund can be found training student doctors at some of the biggest teaching hospitals across the midlands and north of England – this is over and above his clinical work at the Trust. “I’ve been working here for around five years and I came here especially for the quality of life. People think of Herefordshire as being a bit of a backwater, but this award demonstrates we can compete with the best and offer top class training and innovation.” Dr Chiranjit’s story What’s on my mind... It was winter last year when I finally landed in UK to join the NHS - a dream which everyone from other parts of the world knows how difficult it is to make into a reality. To start with, I felt the workload, things to learn and everything about working in a UK hospital were overwhelming and made me think I might not be able to cope. To my surprise, I noticed that I was being observed by others. Before I could completely understand what was going on, I realised that the team was looking out for me. They had already made plans, based on my individual needs, to arrange things to work in a way that would make me comfortable and ensure I settled in the job quickly. Since then working here in Paediatrics at Hereford County Hospital has been a journey where work is what makes me smile through the day and gives me a huge opportunity to train myself in dealing with children - which is a nightmare for anyone who has treated thousands of adults! Typical day you are assigned a particular area of work where you have the most supportive nurses and other professionals who make your work enjoyable. You are always surrounded by registrars and Consultants who support you and hold your hand as you do your job. Daily teaching, weekly dedicated bleep free teaching sessions or seminars, handovers with tea/coffee/squash/hot chocolate/biscuits/cakes – it all sounds hard to believe, but this is commonplace. Even on nights the Consultant is on site and colleagues can call them with the silliest of issues and I can say with certainty that they get the best possible advice without any problems. In summary, for anyone looking for a job that gives you the best possible opportunity to learn, grow and actually say to yourself “I love coming to work,” please come and be a part of the wonderful and friendly Team Paeds at Hereford County Hospital. Dr Chiranjit Mukharjji, Clinical Fellow, Paediatrics Novel topical therapy to treat Actinic folliculitis found by WVT staff The dermatology team at Hereford have found a novel topical therapy to treat a rare skin condition called Actinic folliculitis.   The use of a topical retinoid rather that an oral systemic agent could transform the treatment of this rare photodermatosis worldwide, saving patients multiple clinic attendances, blood tests and potential side effects from exposure to systemic agents.  Actinic folliculitis is a seasonal condition where multiple pustules erupt over facial skin due to sunlight exposure. Dr Sami Rahman, recently appointed substantive consultant, and Dr James Powell, consultant and clinical lead, wrote up their findings for this never before reported treatment in an article accepted by Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, a widely read and respected dermatological journal.  This treatment has been used in two patients locally with great success over two years and promises to benefit many more patients worldwide in the future, having already received interested correspondences from Ohio USA! Beyond Me - read about how first year junior doctors are raising awareness of the hospital’s charities and bringing members of staff at the hospital together to raise money for a common goal 

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I enjoy the outdoor life in Herefordshire and moving from a big city like London was a life changing experience, but well worth it. I'm proud to be part of the new Acute Medical Unit team - we've had great support from senior management to deliver new staffing models and new equipment.

James Bartlett

A great relationship with senior managers has allowed us to increase the workforce and introduce new roles in the specialty. ED is a front door team working with a more seamless acute model for patient care helping us to treat our patients better than ever.

Rachel McColm

Over the last five years I've developed the acute frailty service, designed a purpose-built unit and recruited ACPs to run our Front Door Frailty team. The exec team understand that the right care for frail older patients is vital for the smooth running of the hospital. I've also been encouraged to undertake a diploma in Medical Education, and while I live deep in the Herefordshire countryside, I still have superfast broadband!

Emma Wales