place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
SIXTH FORM STUDENTS VOTE AGAINST ID CARD PROGRAMME
The government's £5 billion flagship ID cards programme
is history. At least, that's the verdict of Herefordshire's
students, who voted on the controversial plans at the Sixth
Form College's Stuff for Students freshers event last week.
vote was organized by Conservative candidate Jesse Norman.
total of 112 young people took part, of whom 62% voted against
ID cards and 38% in favour of them. In a separate poll of
political parties, the Conservatives won with 39%, the Greens
came in second with 33%, Labour received 13% of the vote,
both the Liberal Democrats and UKIP were voted for by 7%,
with 1% going to other parties.
is the second year in which we have run a mock election,
and of course there's nothing like doing it yourself to
get the right result!' said Jesse afterwards. 'But actually,
as with last year, the election had a serious point. ID
cards are a form of state surveillance, and young people
want to be able to grow up in freedom. Very few of the students
who took part had voted before, or held a ballot paper of
any kind in their hands.
need to know they can change things at the ballot box and
for their part, politicians need to give them a credible
message of change, instead of the usual slogans.'
at Stuff for Students.
GET YOUR ELECTRIC BLANKETS TESTED FOR FREE BEFORE WINTER
People living in Herefordshire will be able to check out
the safety of their electric blankets, before the onset
of winter, at a series of free 'Electric Blanket testing'
sessions which will be taking place over the coming weeks
at six of the county's Fire stations. The sessions will
take place as follows:
5th October - Ross-on-Wye Fire Station from 10.30am - 3.00pm
Tuesday, 6th October - Ledbury Fire Station from 10:30am
Wednesday, 7th October - Leominster Fire Station from 10.30am
Monday, 12th October - Hereford Fire Station from 10.30am
Tuesday, 13th October - Bromyard Fire Station from 10.30am
Wednesday, 14th October - Kington Fire Station from 10.30am
assist those people living in rural areas who are unable
to attend these venues, there will be collections points
at other rural fire stations. For further information, or
to make an appointment, please call 01432 347030.
Taylor, Community Risk Manager at Hereford said, 'We have
been very fortunate in the Herefordshire area to have had
only a small number of incidents in recent years that have
been directly attributable to defective electric blankets.
However, when we have carried out blanket testing in the
past, we have found up to seventy per cent have been potentially
unsafe. Making sure your blanket is safe to use before the
cold winter nights set in, is time well spent.'
your blanket and its lead for the following signs of wear
and tear: Fraying fabric and scorch marks, exposed elements
and creasing or folding, soiling and dampness, damaged or
missing tapes, worn lead and loose connections.
For your free blanket test, please make an appointment by
calling 01432 347030.
events are an ideal opportunity to find out more about local
services available, particularly for older people. Hereford
and Worcester Fire & Rescue Service in conjunction with
Hereford Home Check will have support at each event by representatives
or information from a number of partner agencies including,
Community Action Team, Age Concern, Electrical Safety Council,
British Red Cross and Herefordshire Council.
HEREFORDSHIRE POLICE NOW USE BLUETOOTH TECHNOLOGY
Modern technology has produced many new ways of sharing
information and police in Herefordshire have recently invested
in one such technology to ensure that they keep pace. Police
have traditionally used the print and broadcast media to
circulate messages and appeals to the general public but
with the advent of the Internet and mobile phones, many
new technologies have come to the fore as alternatives,
but not replacements, to the conventional forms of media.
such avenue is bluetooth messaging and from now, police
in Herefordshire will be transmitting bluetooth messages
on crime and safety themes to communities around the county.
There is no cost to send the message and none to receive
Kevin Purcell, Head of Territorial Operations in Herefordshire
said, 'It is crucial that the police keep up to date with
communications technology, studying and investing in systems
such as bluetooth and social networking on Facebook, Bebo,
Twitter and the like. Young people in particular use mobile
phones and social networking far more to receive their news
and to communicate with others. The police must be able
to communicate with them using these new methods as well
as maintaining the more traditional means for other members
of our communities.
initial messages will concentrate on issues such as speeding
drivers and drinking sensibly on a night out. We hope to
use the technology on a number of forthcoming safety campaigns
and the system is also an excellent tool for putting out
immediate alerts for missing persons or major incidents
such as gas leaks or floods.'
if you suddenly get a message now on your bluetooth phone
in Herefordshire from West Mercia Police, don't be alarmed.
It'll just be the 'thin blue line' sending you a line.
ASSAULT ON BUS AT PETERSTOW
Ross-on-Wye Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward
after a teenager was assaulted by a man on the upper deck
of a bus as it passed through Peterstow. The assault happened
around 4pm on Sunday, 23rd August on the No. 38 bus running
from Hereford to Ross, when a middle-aged man grabbed one
of a number of teenagers around the throat, causing reddening
and superficial scratching.
man is described as white, in his 50's, of medium build
with short, cropped, grey hair and had tattoos on both forearms.
He was wearing a dark blue top and beige coloured body warmer.
Police believe there were a number of potential witnesses
on the bus but none have come forward to date. They
would like to hear from anyone who saw the incident.
with information should contact PC Andrea Morris at Ross
Police Station on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers on
COMMUNITY GROUPS URGED TO BID FOR SHARE OF CASH TO BOOST PLAY
Playbuilder is a two year project funded by the Department
for Children, Families and Schools to improve or develop
play areas for 8-13 year olds and Herefordshire Council
is inviting bids from community organizations for a share
of £500,000 to boost outdoor play facilities. Altogether,
twenty-two projects are to be funded over two years. The
first year's eleven projects have been selected and are
underway and the council is now looking for a minimum of
11 more projects to fund next year.
money will be used to create exciting, innovative play areas
that will facilitate play in the natural environment. So
a typical bid is likely to have mounds, boulders, wood and
logs on the shopping list as well as exciting new types
of swings, slides and zip wires. Herefordshire Council's
play project co-ordinator is on hand to help turn their
ideas into bids for the funding. Projects have to provide
a wide range of play experiences where children can play
in different ways including open-ended adventurous play
and be freely accessible to all children, including those
with special needs. Deadlines for bids are the end of November
and a briefing event is being organized for 14th October
at Hedley Lodge, Belmont, Hereford where anyone interested
can come and find out more or get help with their bid.
Fitzpatrick of Herefordshire Council said, 'The first round
of projects is well underway with particular progress taking
place at recreation grounds in Credenhill and Peterchurch.
We've seen boulders, ramps and mounds as well as new and
exciting types of equipment being incorporated in the designs
for play areas to add a different dimension and encourage
a broader range of play for a wider age group. Now we need
to talk to community groups or individuals who have ideas
so that we can work together to submit bids for next year's
looking at around £50,000 per project and we are open to
ideas, as long as they fit in with the concept of challenging,
adventurous play utilizing the natural environment. Groups
also need to really show they understand what their local
young people want. This is a great opportunity for local
community groups to be creative and work with children and
young people to enhance play opportunities.'
further information or to book a place at the briefing event
contact Tobin Godfrey on 01432 383521.
Cross with five year old Fred, shopping for boulders to put in the
park at Peterchurch.
YOUNG MOPED RIDER SERIOUSLY INJURED
Hereford Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward
after a moped was in collision with a brick wall in the
early hours of this morning, leaving the rider in a critical
condition in hospital.
incident happened on the B4399 Holme Lacy Road, Hereford
by the Thorn Business Park at Rotherwas at 2.30am on Wednesday,
16th September. A Derbi Senda SM moped was being ridden
along the road towards Hereford when, for a reason yet to
be ascertained, it crossed the road and collided with a
brick wall on the opposite verge. The 16-year old male rider
was taken to Hereford County Hospital where he remains in
a critical condition with head injuries. No other vehicle
was involved in the incident.
collision investigators were called to the scene to try
and establish the cause of the crash, which occurred on
a straight well-lit piece of road. Police are anxious to
trace any witnesses who may have seen the collision or the
moped being ridden along the Holme Lacy Road immediately
before the crash.
with information is urged to call PC Paul Turner from the
Roads Policing Team at Hereford Police Station on 0300 333
3000 as soon as possible.
POLICE URGE TRACTOR DRIVERS NOT TO HOLD UP TRAFFIC
Herefordshire Police are issuing a plea to tractor drivers
in the county to pull over, where safe if they have a queue
of vehicles behind them. The request follows a number of
complaints from irate motorists of delays caused by slow
moving agricultural vehicles failing to yield.
Tony Jones, from the Road Policing Team based at Hereford
Police Station, said a number of people had contacted West
Mercia Police over the issue recently and now was a good
time to remind all drivers of tractors and other slow moving
vehicles of the need to comply with the law in respect of
driving without due consideration for other road users.
Sergeant Jones said, 'A few tractor drivers will travel
slowly along main roads, towing long, laden trailers and
not give other vehicles the opportunity to pass. This causes
a long snake of cars behind the tractor. Driver frustration
then sets in, making impatient car drivers take extreme
risks trying to overtake.'
police recommendation to slow moving vehicles is to pull
over, where it safe to do so, when you have six or more
vehicles behind you. Tractors drivers are urged not to pull
over where there are double solid white lines which would
mean passing cars crossing those lines. Common sense should
be the order of the day. Some staff on farms who drive tractors,
particularly migrant workers from overseas, may be unaware
that failure to pull over when you have a long queue of
traffic behind you could constitute an offence of inconsiderate
driving,' continued Sergeant Jones. 'The offence could earn
you 3 to 9 points on your licence and a fine of up to £5,000.
We would urge farm owners to ensure that their staff are
aware of the law and that they should pull over where necessary
and safe to do so. A little consideration for others goes
a long way.'
HEREFORDSHIRE AHEAD OF BAN ON PREMIUM LINES FOR HEALTH CARE
NHS Herefordshire has confirmed that it moved ahead of the
newly announced national ban on the use of premium rate
telephone numbers for out of hours health care.
minister, Mike O'Brien has announced changes to the law
that will prohibit any number or tariff that makes it expensive
for people to call their local GP or hospital, however,
NHS Herefordshire had already changed the 'out of hours'
number to contact a doctor or dentist on 1st April 2009.
A call to the number is charged at a local rate and is 0330
1239309. The service is for all residents as well as visitors
to the county and lines are open between 6pm and 8am Monday
to Friday, during weekends and on public and bank holidays.
Anyone with an urgent query about adult social care can
also use this number between 5pm and 9am.
Ian Williams, director of integrated commissioning for Herefordshire
Council and NHS Herefordshire said, 'The out-of-hours service
is there to help people who have an urgent medical or dental
concern while their GP or dental surgery is closed. We anticipated
that the number should be charged at a local rate rather
than a premium one as it is important that people on low
incomes should never be inhibited in using the telephone
when they need help, advice or treatment.'
leaflet containing the new number and information about
doctor and dental services in Herefordshire was sent to
every home in the county. The service is provided by NHS
Herefordshire, in association with Primecare. Primecare's
fully trained, dedicated team help around 3,000 people each
month with urgent health problems. This rises to as many
as 4,500 during December. Calls dealt with by the team range
from severe abdominal pain and collapse to general enquiries
about flu and vomiting.
government's announcement follows a recent public consultation
on the use of 084 numbers in the NHS. Almost 3,000 members
of the public responded, demonstrating the strength of feeling
on this issue. It was clear from the feedback that patients
supported the banning of the use of premium rate telephone
LONDON COUNCILS FOLLOWING IN HEREFORDSHIRES FOOTSTEPS
The capital is planning a health integration board of 15
borough councils and their local primary care trusts in
order to improve services. The move follows the model of
Herefordshire Council and NHS Herefordshire, which exactly
two years ago, agreed to appoint one chief executive and
to bring services together to improve health and social
care and achieve better value for money. Herefordshire was
also unique in appointing a joint management board, agreeing
one vision and integrating several services to make them
easier to use for local people.
London council, Hammersmith and Fulham, did appoint a joint
chief executive earlier this year and is putting a single
top team together after a fact finding visit to Herefordshire.
Hammersmith became the second council after Herefordshire
to follow this route. Now, several other London boroughs
are on the verge of sealing a deal to dramatically boost
integration between councils and the NHS in order to promote
better joint working, as public sector bodies move to slash
costs and improve services. A new health integration board
is expected to be finalized later this month. In Greater
Manchester, local authorities and primary care trusts are
also talking about enhanced partnerships.
executive of Herefordshire Council and NHS Herefordshire,
Chris Bull was appointed in December 2007. 'Herefordshire
is making strong progress on our shared vision, which is
to work together and achieve efficient, excellent and value
for money services and improved outcomes for people in Herefordshire,
' he said. This means that services can be planned, purchased,
designed and delivered in an integrated way around the individual
needs of patients and customers. The council and the primary
care trust also have a one set of agreed values that puts
people at the heart of everything we do. The government
has been keeping a watching brief on Herefordshire's innovative
approach and now the West Midlands Improvement and Efficiency
Agency has awarded funds for the council, the primary care
trust and the county hospital to explore opportunities to
share even more services between them.
aim is to make services more understandable and easy to
use, as well as cut duplication and increase efficiency.
A business plan has been completed which looks sharing information
technology services finance, procurement, human resources,
payroll and expenses, communications, internal audit, legal,
transport, estates, printing and emergency planning. The
council's Herefordshire Connects suite of transformation
programmes is also driving through improvements to how social
care cases are managed, as well as new systems to shared
environment and regeneration information and is integrating
human resources, HR, payroll, finance and procurement services.
front office services have been transferred to Info Centres
in all market towns, improving customer care and making
administration more efficient and effective. The customer
call centre and Info by Phone services speed up responses
on a wide range of public services, with most queries now
answered at first contact. A new performance management
system also aims to achieve improved and integrated performance
across the council and the primary care trust. Herefordshire
will also be bringing around 1600 council and primary care
trust staff together in one building to create a single
working environment, enable more integration and service
improvement as well as significantly save money. The council
has scores of old offices that are not fit for purpose and
expensive to maintain and aims to purchase and develop,
rather than lease long term, a single administrative centre,
whilst selling off older buildings for development.
should be proud,' said Chris Bull. 'The county has a very
strong pioneering spirit and the enhanced partnership between
the council and the primary care trust is now well and truly
recognized nationally. Other parts of the UK can see that
by sharing more services and working in true partnership,
public services are able to make stronger progress on issues
that residents feel are most important, such as quality
of life, health and well-being, social care, affordable
housing, clean streets, activities for young people and
of Herefordshire Council and NHS Herefordshire with the management
team from Hammersmith and Fulham.
JESSE BACKS CONSERVATIVE PLANS TO REVERSE BIG BROTHER STATE
Local campaigner and Conservative candidate Jesse Norman
has strongly backed Conservative plans for a drastic scale-back
of the intrusive and ineffective 'Big Brother' state. A
new policy paper by the Tories has pledged to offer an alternative
to Whitehall’s curtailment of civil liberties, and to stop
taxpayers’ money being wasted on expensive and ineffective
IT databases. This comes amid growing concern about the
Government’s new Independent Safeguarding Authority. This
scheme could force 11 million adults to be vetted and monitored,
even if they just give lifts to children as part of a school
run or local football club.
Conservative proposals include: Scrapping the National Identity
Register, which will contain personal details of every citizen,
and abolishing the Identity Cards that will accompany the
database; Ditching the ContactPoint database which holds
the names, dates of birth, schools and home addresses of
all 11 million children in England until the age of 18,
but is entirely separate from the children at risk registers;
Ending the permanent retention of innocent people’s DNA
on the National DNA database; Preventing councils from using
controversial anti-terror laws to spy on local citizens.
Surveillance could only be used where necessary to stop
a serious crime (involving a custodial sentence) and where
a magistrates’ warrant has been obtained; Subjecting all
new laws to a new ‘privacy’ test, and beefing up the role
of the privacy watchdog, the Information Commissioner.
has called for a much tougher defence of people's personal
freedoms in several books, including in his new book Churchill's
Legacy, due out next month. He said, 'The Labour Government’s
approach to our personal privacy is the worst of all worlds;
intrusive, ineffective and enormously expensive. Their surveillance
state and over reliance on databases has exposed the public
in Herefordshire to greater risk, not less.
on the Independent Safeguarding Authority, Jesse added,
' “The Government’s nanny state attitude will do nothing
to safeguard the children most at risk. Checks are needed
on those who have jobs working with children, but vetting
one in four of the population is a complete nonsense.'
MAKE A PACT - MAKE A DIFFERENCE
The latest series of PACT meetings is now underway and members
of the public are being encouraged go along to the meetings
in their are and let the PACT team know how they can make
their services even better!
representation from organizations such as West Mercia Police,
Herefordshire Council and Amey, PACT are keen to find out
if there are particular issues in your area that they can
help with, and to tell you about developments in their services
and how these will improve your neighbourhood, such as the
Community Protection Team. PACT meetings start at 7pm, are
held in public halls or community buildings and usually
last no longer than 1½ hours. The meeting for Ross-on-Wye
will take place at The Larruperz Centre on Wednesday, 7th
issues raised are recorded and either responded to on the
night or, if necessary, taken away so that officers can
find out more and deal with appropriately. All the actions
and responses can be seen by visiting www.herefordshirepartnership.com/pacts
or can be posted if requested. Printed copies are available
at the following meeting.
current series began on Monday, 21st September with St Martins
and Hinton PACT at the Kindle Centre and will operate in
12 locations across Herefordshire, finishing at Golden Valley
Community Centre, Peterchurch on Thursday, 15th October.
information on the PACT meetings is available from Hazel
Lavelle PACT Organiser, 01432 260167 firstname.lastname@example.org
or Herefordshire Partnership 01432 261792 email@example.com
SARAH CARR STANDS UP FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Carr, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Hereford
and South Herefordshire has spoken out against successive
authoritarian governments which have passed laws turning
the UK into a surveillance state.
an audience of over a thousand delegates at the national
Liberal Democrat annual conference taking place in Bournemouth
this week, Sarah spoke out passionately against the government
keeping of the DNA of innocent people, about the misuse
of anti-terrorism laws and the infringement of the human
rights of children. Sarah said, 'I am a free person. My
grandparents fought for my freedom. Why now should I sacrifice
my family’s freedom in the name of ‘security’ as defined
by the government of the day. As a mother I find a huge
government database of children’s details to be quite scary.
I think it is outrageous that our children can be finger
printed at school without parental consent. And the use
of mosquito devices is an appalling infringement of children’s
the debate Sarah also spoke against the actions of Herefordshire
Council using controversial anti-terrorism legislation,
the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, to combat antisocial
behaviour such as smoking in public places and suggested
more appropriate legislation could be used.
said, 'The Liberal Democrats are the only party that remain
committed to individual privacy, civil liberties and common
sense policies in fighting crime such as more police on
CHILDREN TO CELEBRATE THEIR FILM MAKING IN CANNES STYLE
The Odeon cinema in Hereford will be host to the county's
very own version of the Cannes festival this month as children
from ten schools prepare to celebrate their successful movie
making skills red carpet style.
hundred and fifty 9 and 10 year old children from Herefordshire
primary schools have been making short films following training
received from professional film maker Rick Goldsmith of
Catcher Media and Herefordshire Council's school improvement
service. This is the fifth year these highly successful
projects have been run and this year's project has the heading
Take 5: Poetic License. As the title implies, all the films
have a poetic base. Beyond that the children have interpreted
the theme as they wish and topics tackled include Halloween,
World War II, mythical creatures, a Bollywood style retelling
of a Hindu myth, the environment and much more.
children and their teachers will be able to see the final
version of their film on the big silver screen at a spectacular
red carpet event on Friday, 25th September. The dress code
for the event is 'Cannes' and some children will be arriving
in limos. After the premier event, DVDs of all nine films
will be sent to all Herefordshire primary schools and the
clips will be available on SchoolsTube (www.schoolstube.com).
To view them simply search for Take5.
Sanderson, Primary schools' ICT Adviser for Herefordshire
Council said, 'This is always a most enjoyable project for
all involved. The children and the teachers learn a huge
amount about this important means of communication which
in turn impacts on standards in literacy. We have again
worked closely with Rick and Julia Goldsmith of Hereford
based Catcher Media as their experience in the field is
invaluable to schools.'
McCamley, head teacher at Stoke Prior Primary School said,
'The whole project has been incredibly worthwhile. The children
have really enjoyed being in control of the film making
equipment and having Rick has really made them consider
how to make each shot more interesting.'
CABINET MOVE TO APPROVE PRINCIPLES FOR PLANNING SCHOOL PROVISION
Herefordshire Council's cabinet is to consider principles
that could provide a framework for planning future school
provision when it meets this coming Thursday, 24th September.
principles for future working have been put together by
the Herefordshire School Task Group, which is chaired by
an independent consultant and comprises head teacher and
governor representatives from across the county. Its brief
is to explore a way forward for schools in the current climate
of reducing budgets and surplus places and the council's
commitment to continue raising standards in education. Following
a number of meetings this year, and regular contact with
school head teachers and governing bodies, the task group
has put together a draft paper for consultation.
paper sets out principles for future working which focus
largely on schools working in clusters to collectively plan
educational provision and work, with support if required,
on some of the challenges likely to face schools over the
next 10 years. Recommendations include: Reviewing any leadership
vacancies within school clusters, exploring options and
governance models before replacing senior staff; Considering
changes to the number of empty places in a school that will
trigger action; Considering changes to what is considered
a sustainable number of pupils when looking at school sizes.
Menghini, director of children's services said, 'The paper
and its appendices provide an honest and open account of
the current situation in Herefordshire and clarify the pressures
that schools and the local authority need to address over
the next few years. If approved, the principles will provide
a framework for future planning which is why it is so important
to make sure that everyone involved in educating our children:
schools, governors, parents, agencies, staff and young people
themselves, have the opportunity to comment on them.'
approved by the council's cabinet, the paper will form the
basis of an active consultation from 25th September to 2nd
November. The task group will consider feedback from the
consultation prior to reporting back to cabinet in November.
RETIRED OFFICERS ENJOY GARDEN PARTY AT POLICE HQ
West Mercia Police hosted a garden party at its force headquarters,
Hindlip Hall near Worcester, on Sunday, 13th September for
around 400 retired police officers and staff. The event,
which was organized in partnership with the National Association
of Retired Police Officers, NARPO, offered the guests, including
the widows and widowers of retired police officers and staff
from across the West Mercia area, the chance to enjoy a
fun day out, which included a display by the force's Dog
day started with a service of thanksgiving at St James'
Church, which is situated in the grounds of Hindlip Hall,
followed by several activities in the afternoon, including
presentations on firearms and forensic sciences. Guests
were also taken on a guided bus tour of the ground of Hindlip
Hall, a Grade II listed Georgian manor house. The event
ended with an afternoon tea, while there was entertainment
throughout the afternoon provided by the Band of West Mercia
Police as well as the Arrhythmics, a local band made up
of doctors. Vera Hadley, secretary of Narpo's Herefordshire
sub-branch for many years as well as the author of a history
of the former Herefordshire Constabulary (which later became
part of West Mercia Police), was presented with life time
Constable Paul West, who attended the event said, 'It is
important for us to remember the contribution that our former
colleagues made towards the safety and security of our communities.
This garden party was a great opportunity for retired police
officers, staff and their widows and widowers, from across
the whole of the West Mercia force area to meet up with
former colleagues, make new friends and enjoy a fun day
Barry, Chair of the West Mercia branch of Narpo said, 'Events
like this play an important role in helping to keep retired
police officers and staff involved with what's currently
happening at the force. I'm always grateful to the chief
officers and Human Resources team at West Mercia Police
for their help and consideration for retired personnel.
It is not just about this great event, but the continued
ongoing support we get. The event was an excellent occasion
with beautiful weather, a lovely church service and everything
went according to plan. I'd like to thank all the officers
who gave up their time to show us their very interesting
demonstrations, which brought us up to date on the how policing
is done these days.'
West and Vera Hadley enjoying the garden party.
NHS INVITE YOU TO TRY HOSPITAL FOOD WITHOUT HAVING TO HAVE AN
NHS Herefordshire continues to ensure that patients receive
high standards of nutrition and cleanliness - a fact confirmed
by the latest results of its Patient Environment Action
Team (PEAT) assessment published on the National Patient
Safety Agency website. Now the primary care trust is holding
a week-long programme of events to let patients and the
public know about 'hotel services', which are provided in
partnership with Sodexo and cover all non-medical hospital
services - from catering and cleaning to security and waste
and visitors will also be asked to feedback their comments
on the food, the standard of cleaning, and the general environment
to enable continuous improvements to be made. The events
will take place during week commencing 12th October and
are aimed at informing patients, visitors and the public
that the quality of the food and drink provided, and the
standard of the environment is a top priority for NHS Herefordshire.
Information stands will be at each site, which include the
Stonebow Unit, Ross Community Hospital, Leominster and Bromyard
Community Hospitals and Hillside Intermediate Care Centre
which will be there for the week with primary care trust
and Sodexo staff on hand between 12.00 and 2.00pm to answer
questions about food preparation and meals which meet faith,
cultural and lifestyle needs.
will be an explanation of how cleaning materials and equipment
are organized to ensure safety, information on how NHS Herefordshire
control infection and any plans for refurbishment. The event
is also an opportunity to sample the food and to test how
clean your hands are.
events will take place as follows: Monday, 12th October
- Ross Community Hospital, Tuesday, 13th October - Leominster
Community Hospital, Wednesday 14th October - Hillside Intermediate
Care Centre, Thursday, 15th October - Bromyard Community
Hospital, Friday, 16th October - Stonebow Unit.
Carroll, managing director for the primary care trust's
provider services said, 'It is very important to us that
the hospital environment helps patients get well as quickly
as possible and so infection control and cleaning are a
top priority. These events are a wonderful opportunity to
reassure the people of Herefordshire of the high standards
we are achieving and I hope as many people as possible are
able to visit to ask questions and see for themselves how,
for example, we test hand cleaning.'
year's event looks at Faith, culture and lifestyle' and
what the primary care trust can do to ensure that the patient
environment takes account of these. Wendy Huxley-Marko,
who manages the 'hotel services' contract at the primary
care trust added, 'We believe that we should accommodate
the different faith, culture and lifestyle choices amongst
our patients. Come along and try our tasty Kosher, traditional
and vegetarian menus. We know you'll be impressed with the
quality and range of choice on offer.'