About Wye Valley NHS Trust
We are a rural DGH set in Herefordshire. It is the only acute hospital in the county but isn't hugely busy by UK standards. The take is usually very manageable and is supervised by an acute medicine consultant directly from 8am to 830pm, then remotely via the on call consultant overnight.
We have a 7 day 24 hour endoscopy service and stroke thrombolysis service onsite but patients with STEMIs should bypass our ED and be directly conveyed to our Worcester for assessment.
We have the usual range of medical specialties with visiting consultants in neurology and nephrology providing advice for our inpatients.
About the site
It is a mainly modern hospital and is due to have a new frailty building opened within this year. We have medical students from Birmingham and Aston University and there is an active research programme.
What makes Wye Valley a good place to train
Hereford Hospital is an excellent rural DGH. The clichés about rural DGHs being friendlier are generally true (having been a consultant in an urban and rural centre). In contrast to the sense that you are a tiny cog passing through some of the largest trusts, you will get to know the consultants well and feel very valued in your role here.
Working in a rural DGH should be essential for all doctors who want to become either in large or small part of their consultant role, excellent generalists and the GIM experience here is invaluable with keen consultants willing to teach.
Looking after a rural farming community brings unique challenges but this is a thoroughly rewarding place to work.
When not working the countryside and surrounds are absolutely beautiful. We have Brecon beacons, Malvern hills, Symonds Yat on our doorstep so there is excellent walking and hiking and kayaking on the Wye is spectacular. There is a strong local arts scene (and the international Hay festival nearby) and excellent foodie scene too.