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Media enquiriesIf you are a member of the media then contact us by email: whcnhs.communications@nhs.net or on: 01905 760020 or 07882 725082.

Ribbon cut on countywide Stroke Rehab Centre in Evesham

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A new rehabilitation centre supporting patients from across Worcestershire recovering from a stroke was officially opened at an event on Friday (Oct 12th) 

The Worcestershire Stroke Rehabilitation Centre is based at Evesham Community Hospital and cares for patients from across the county who are recovering from a stroke. Typically patients will be admitted to the centre after receiving initial treatment at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital. Despite supporting patients since April 2017 the Centre, which is run by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, has undergone a refurbishment to ensure the environment and facilities are upgraded and designed to provide the best short-term rehabilitation for patients before they are well enough to continue their care at home. Click here for more

Local children’s service receives prestigious award

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Children’s Speech and Language Therapy services in Worcestershire have been awarded a national ‘Giving Voice Award’ by The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT). Worcestershire Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service, run by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust provides support for over 6,500 children and young people in Worcestershire, who may experience difficulties with their speech, language, communication or swallowing. 

The team were awarded a ‘Giving Voice Award’ earlier this month, at a ceremony which celebrates organisations and individuals who have campaigned to highlight how speech and language therapy transforms lives. 

Winners are chosen based on their valuable contributions to improving the lives of people with communication and/or swallowing needs. Click here for more

Trust shortlisted in the health sector’s most prestigious awards programme

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We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in the health sector’s most prestigious awards programme.

The HSJ (Health Service Journal) Awards are one of the largest celebrations of healthcare excellence in the world, recognising and promoting the finest achievements in the NHS. The Health and Care Trust, Worcestershire’s main provider of community and mental health services, is up for the ‘Creating a Supportive Staff Culture’ award.

The Trust has been shortlisted in recognition of a project it runs with both Worcester and Coventry Universities to offer placement opportunities to student Occupational Therapists. The project was developed by Jo Gaffney, Professional Lead for Allied Health Professionals, and Kate Leese, Staff Health and Wellbeing Lead. Click here for more information

Patients’ art flying high in hospital faith room 

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Patients at a local hospital have recently created two pieces of art work which now feature permanently in its Multi-Faith Room.

Patients being cared for on Izod Ward at Evesham Community Hospital, run by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, have spent three weeks creating two wall hangings for the Multi-Faith Room which provides a place where patients relatives or staff can  go to find quiet reflection or worship at the hospital.  All are invited to share this amenity which is intended to provide a warm welcome for anyone of any faith. Those of no faith are also welcome and there is a spiritual area for those who wish to light a candle, meditate or reflect.

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County’s first Admiral Nurse retires

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Worcestershire’s first ever Admiral Nurse retires this week after almost 40 years’ service to the NHS.

Helen Springthorpe has led the county’s Admiral Nurses since 2003, providing invaluable care and support for families and carers of those living with dementia.

Run by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, Admiral Nurses provide information, advice and emotional support, including psychological support, to help families and carers understand and deal with their thoughts and feelings in adapting to the changes they face.

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Royal Mint Great British Coin Hunt comes to County’s hospitals

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Local residents will have the chance to collect a specially commissioned NHS coin as part of a partnership between a local NHS Trust and the Royal Mint.

Worcestershire Health and Care Trust is one of only 10 Trusts in the Country to be selected to release a limited number of special ‘NHS’ design 10p coins to mark 70 years since the start of the NHS.

26 collectable coins have been created as part of The Great British Coin Hunt, each one represents something that makes Britain great with ‘N’ being for the ‘NHS’. 

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Speak to your local children’s health team at Family Fun Day 

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Organisations from around the County will be on hand to talk with Wyre Forest residents at a family fun day this Thursday.

On Thursday 26th July from 10:30am – 2:30pm the Wyre Forest Starting Well Team from Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust will be at the family fun day at Youth House in Bromsgrove Street along with Worcestershire County Council, Wyre Forest District Council and the local Children’s Centre Team.

There will be face painting, craft activities, healthy recipe ideas, the chance to train like a Jedi and the Wyre Forest Starting Well Team will be there to answer questions and chat about breastfeeding, weaning, healthy snacks, weight management support, fussy eating and other topics around healthy eating and being active. 

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Celebrate 70 years of the NHS at Evesham Hospital

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This year the NHS is celebrating its 70th Birthday and staff at Evesham Hospital would like local residents to help them mark the occasion.

Evesham Hospital pre-dates the NHS and has been in the Town since the 1930s. During it’s time services there have been overseen by a number of different organisations and it is now run by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust – the main provider of community services in the County.

To pay tribute to 70 years of the NHS staff at the hospital would like the people of Evesham and past staff to join them on Thursday 5th July from 11am – 3pm. Old images of the hospital will be displayed and there will be an opportunity to look at the new sensory garden which was completed earlier this month. Click here for more

Trust set for AGM

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The Trust which provides the majority of the county’s mental health and community nursing services holds its AGM next month.

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust run the county’s five community hospitals, and is also responsible for a range of other physical health services such as physiotherapy, speech and language and occupational therapy, as well as being the main provider of mental health services for children, adults and those over 65. In a recent CQC inspection the Trust was rated Good overall with examples of Outstanding practice.

On Wednesday, July 11th the Trust will present its summary of performance across service delivery and finance at its AGM in Worcester. It takes place from 4pm at Worcester Golf and Country Club and those who attend will hear from Chief Executive Sarah Dugan, Director of Nursing Michelle Clarke, and Director of Finance Robert Mackie. Click here of more information

Men’s Health Week: 11th – 17th June

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This week is Men’s Health Week. The main NHS providers of mental health services in the County are encouraging men to get early support for common mental health problems. 

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust is campaigning for men to ‘have the balls to talk about mental health’ and get help early when they feel stressed. 

1 in 8 men in the UK have experienced a mental health problem and 3 out of 4 suicides are men. Stress is often a key factor in the development of mental health problems.  To allow people to access help as easily and as early as possible the Trust developed the Healthy Minds App which provides tips and techniques to help people self-manage more common mental health problems such as stress, anxiety and low mood. Click here for More | Poster

Mental Health Recovery Units and Community Hospitals’ leadership rated Outstanding in new CQC report

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Worcestershire’s mental health recovery units have been rated Outstanding by the independent healthcare regulator, the CQC, in a report published today. The CQC has also highlighted the Outstanding leadership within the county’s community hospitals.

Following planned inspections between January and March 2018, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust – the county’s main provider of community and mental health care services - has been rated Good overall by the CQC, with leadership in its community hospitals and its mental health recovery units assessed as Outstanding, the highest possible outcome.

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Local NHS Trust rated among best in the country

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The NHS Trust responsible for community nursing, therapy and mental health services in Worcestershire has been rated among the best in the country for its overall performance.

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust has been placed in ‘Segment 1’ by an independent organisation called NHS Improvement which supports Trusts across the country to provide safe care to patients. There are four segments with 1 being the best.

The Health and Care Trust runs the county’s community hospitals, minor injury units, recovery wards, community/district nursing and therapy services as well as a range of mental health care


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Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

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This week is Mental Health awareness week with a focus on stress. The main NHS providers of mental health in the County are aiming their campaign at men and encouraging them to get early mental health support.

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust is campaigning for men to ‘have the balls to talk about mental health’ and get help early when they feel stressed.

1 in 8 men in the UK have experienced a mental health problem and 3 out of 4 suicides are men. Stress is often a key factor in the development of mental health problems. To allow people to access help as easily and as early as possible the Trust developed the Healthy Minds App which provides tips and techniques to help people self-manage more common mental health problems such as stress, anxiety and low mood. Click here for more | Poster

NHS Trust staff complete patient journey for Stroke Charity

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Staff from two local NHS organisations spent last Saturday cycling and walking the route stroke patients take across the County.        

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust run the County’s stroke rehabilitation Centre at Evesham Community Hospital, the Community Stroke Team (CST) and Neurology Rehabilitation; on 12th May staff from the Trust joined together with their NHS colleagues from Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust to raise money for the Stroke Association by completing the patient journey from Worcester to the Stroke Association’s Life After Stroke Centre in Bromsgrove.

Throughout May the Stroke Association hosts Make May Purple for Stroke, its national stroke awareness month to raise money and awareness, and to encourage people to show their support for people who have been affected by stroke. 
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ME Awareness Week

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This week is ME Awareness Week. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)/ Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) is a complex,  long-term illness that affects many body systems including the nervous and immune systems.

ME/CFS causes debilitating physical and mental fatigue plus a range of other symptoms including: Joint and muscle pain, sleep disturbance, nausea, headaches, impaired immunity, swollen lymph glands, sore throats, digestive abnormalities, and impaired concentration and memory.

Those living with the illness in Worcestershire can access help from the Worcestershire Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)/ Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) service. Run by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, the service saw over 200 people last year. Click Here for More Information

Worcestershire NHS Trust working with DisabledGo to provide Accessibility Information 

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A local NHS Trust will soon be able to provide its visitors with more detailed information about disabled access across its sites thanks to a partnership with DisabledGo.  

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust has teamed up with DisabledGo to enable people to check the accessibility of their sites before they arrive, providing information and photographs about toilets, car parking and other key features. 

DisabledGo produce guides detailing the level of accessibility for disabled people at locations across the UK - they have produced information on over 125,000 places and will be profiling 16 NHS sites in Worcestershire.   

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Local NHS Trust joins campaign to end ‘PJ paralysis’ in hospital

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The Trust responsible for the county’s community hospitals and recovery units is backing a national campaign to encourage patients in hospital wards to get up dressed and mobile to support their recovery. 

#EndPJParalysis is a national NHS campaign which urges staff on wards to encourage patients to get up, washed and out of the PJs and into their normal daytime clothes. Being in pyjamas can reinforce the feeling of being unwell and can pro-long recovery. Also, being immobile for long periods can cause chest infections and muscle degeneration. 

For example, for patients over the age of 80 a week in a hospital bed can lead to 10 years of muscle ageing, 1½ kg of muscle loss, and may lead to increased dependency and demotivation. Getting up and mobile has been shown to reduce falls, improve patient experience and reduce length of stay by up to 1½ days. Click here for more information

Stress Awareness Month: App available to help you keep a healthy mind

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April is stress awareness month and people in the County are being reminded of a free app built and developed by a local NHS organisation that aims to help people manage stress and other common problems.

The Healthy Minds App was developed by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust and provides tips and techniques to help people self-manage more common mental health problems such as stress, anxiety and low mood. 

Claire Shale, Team Leader with Worcestershire Healthy Minds said,  “All sorts of situations can cause stress. The most common involve work, money matters and relationships with partners, children or other family members. Stress may be caused either by major upheavals and life events such as divorce, unemployment, moving house and bereavement, or by a series of minor irritations such as feeling undervalued at work or dealing with difficult children. Sometimes there are no obvious causes. Click here for more Information

Funding secured to look at options to improve Evesham Community Hospital

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A review of options to improve the environment at the community hospital in Evesham can now begin after funding was announced this week. As part of the national One Public Estate programme, which is a partnership between the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Cabinet Office Government Property Unit (GPU), £90k has been secured to enable a feasibility study which will look at options which could range from improvements or enhancements to the existing building on the current Waterside site, to the potential for a new community hospital to be built elsewhere in the local area.

The One Public Estate programme is an established national programme delivered in partnership by the LGA and the Cabinet Office Government Property Unit (GPU). One Public Estate began in 2013 with just twelve areas, but today operates with more than 250 councils on projects transforming local communities and public services right across the country.

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Leading Psychiatrist appointed Trust Medical Director

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A national figure in learning disabilities and mental health care has been appointed medical director at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. John Devapriam is National Professional Advisor for Learning Disability for the independent regulator, the Care Quality Commission, and chairs the Quality Network for Learning Disabilities for the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He joins from Leicestershire Partnerships NHS Trust where he has been Consultant Psychiatrist in Learning Disabilities and Clinical Director for the Adult Mental Health and Learning Disability directorate. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2015 and replaces Dr Andy Sant who left the Trust in February. 

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust is the county’s main provider of community nursing, therapy, mental health and learning disability services. It runs the local community hospitals and recovery units but also provides many of its services in the community; in peoples’ home, schools, and community centres. It was recently rated Good by the CQC. Click Here for More Info

National recognition for local children’s service

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Children’s Speech and Language Therapy services in Worcestershire have been named as example of good practice in an independent review of provision for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs in England.

‘Bercow: Ten Years On’ details the national development of children’s speech and language therapy over the past decade, with local services cited within the report as an example of good practice.

The Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service, run by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust provides support for over 6,500 children and young people in Worcestershire, who may experience difficulties with their speech, language, communication or swallowing. 

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NHS staff supporting nutrition and hydration week

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Staff at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust are promoting nutrition and hydration this week as part of a national campaign to get people living healthier lifestyles.

The campaign which runs from 12th – 18th March aims to highlight, promote and celebrate improving nutrition and hydration in health and social care sectors.

There will be a number of events throughout the week including a Mocktails on Wednesday at Evesham Community Hospitals to demonstrate alternative ways of including fruit and vegetables in your diet as well as tea parties across all wards for patients and their visitors to enjoy.

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Health and Care Trust Chief Exec among top leaders in the country

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The Chief Executive of Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust has been named one of the top NHS leaders in the country.

Sarah Dugan was named in the Health Service Journal’s (HSJ’s) top 50 top Chief Executives working in the NHS. The list, revealed this week, is compiled based on the personal example set by the Chief Executive, the performance of their Trust and the contribution they have made to the wider health and care system. Judges included leaders from the Royal College of Nursing, NHS England and Unison.

The Health and Care Trust is the main provider of mental health, community nursing and therapy services in Worcestershire and has been led by Sarah since it was formed in 2011. Rated ‘Good’ by the CQC, The Trust also runs the county’s Community Hospitals and Recovery Units, and provides a range of services for children and adults in the community, in people’s own homes, in schools, community centres and care homes. Click here for more

NHS Trust a top employer of Apprentices

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A local NHS Trust has been recognised as one of the top employers of Apprentices in the Country.

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust was named in the prestigious Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list which recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices.

The Trust is the main provider of mental health and community care in Worcestershire and currently employs around 70 apprentices across a variety of roles including healthcare, administration and finance.

The entry level scheme provides a crucial springboard for young people to start a career in the NHS and the higher level apprenticeships provide a great opportunity for existing staff to maximise their potential. Click here for more

Eating Disorders Awareness Week : Local service supports over 70 Worcestershire children and young people

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An NHS service set up to support children and young people who have an eating disorderin Worcestershire has received more than 70 referrals since its launch last summer.

The Community Eating Disorder Service is specifically designed to support children and young people aged 8-17½ . They provide assessment, treatment, meal support and work closely with the patient and their family to prevent hospitalisation.

Since its launch in July 2017, 74 children and young people have been supported. Depending on their circumstances, some will go on to receive treatment through the service or another part of the Trust’s mental health services for children (CAMHS) while others will be given help with managing their diet and meal choices. Of those referred over 85% are female, with the majority of those between the ages of 14 and 16. Click here for more

Cycling the extra mile for local Dementia group

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A group of people from Worcestershire have raised £2,500 to ensure a local dementia organisation can continue its work helping those with young on-set dementia.

Adam and Tom Soley, Jodie Jeomans, Jack French, Andy Bride and Chris Williams completed the 160 mile cycle from Malvern to Croyde late last year in just two days to raise money for The Young Onset Dementia Trust Fund.

The money from the trust fund supports  local groups supporting younger people living with dementia and their families. This includes covering costs of venue hire, transport costs and activities which enable the groups to run. 

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One of the oldest NHS employees in the Country turns 90

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On Thursday, 22nd February a porter at one of the County’s Community Hospitals turned 90 making him one of the NHS’ oldest employees – a remarkable milestone that was celebrated with a surprise party organised by his colleagues. 

Alex Abbott, who works at Evesham Community Hospital was born in 1928 and has devoted 60 years of work to the NHS. During this time he has undertaken a variety of roles including a mortician, telephonist, hairdresser, theatre porter and gardener. Prior to his work in the NHS Alex spent 6 years in the RAF. 

When Alex started working for the NHS in 1958 - just 10 years after its creation - the average weekly wage was £9.25, the average house cost £2,064 and a pint of milk was just 3p. 

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Minor Injuries Unit attendances up at the start of 2018

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Worcestershire people are making more use of some of the local Minor Injury Units according to latest figures.

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust runs 4 of the county’s Minor Injury and have revealed that usage was up in January this year with an additional 300 attendances compared to the previous month (Dec). Minor Injury Units are an effective part of the urgent care strategy and are an alternative to A&E departments which should be for emergency or life threatening conditions only

The Trust runs the units in Bromsgrove, Evesham, Malvern and Tenbury and in total over 3000 people used them last month for a wide range of non-emergency injuries such as cuts, sprains and minor burns.  Average waiting times are often around 20 minutes and they all have trained nurses available to treat these types of injury. Click here for more

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week: Help available for County youngsters

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This week is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, aimed at supporting children and young people’s health and wellbeing.

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust - the main providers of mental health within the County - is reminding young people who may be living with mental health issues, and their families, of the help that is available to them early, to prevent issues getting worse.

The Reach4Wellbeing service offers support for people aged 5-19 years old experiencing emotional difficulties such as anxiety, low-mood and self-harm. The service offers short-term group support programmes and most of the work is carried out in the school community as opposed to a clinical environment. The team also work closely with School Health Nurses, Health Visitors and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team (CAMHS). Click here for more . . .

New arrival for mums-to-be at Evesham Hospital

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A new state of the art Ultrasound Scanner has been unveiled at Evesham Community Hospital.

Costing £66k, the scanner has been funded by the hospital’s League of Friends, replacing the previous one which the group also funded.

The new addition will provide improved scans and visual images for mums-to-be, but also has the ability to provide scans for patients with a wider range of health conditionstoo, including for physio patients who have muscular injuries.

The new equipment will initially serve around 15 patients a day who have appointments in the hospital.

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Local NHS trust recognised as a Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer

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Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust have been recognised in the prestigious Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list, which is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service.

The Top 100 list recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices, with employers honoured ranging from some of England’s largest companies to some of the smallest.

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, the County’s main provider of mental health and community services currently employs 70 apprentices, across a variety of roles including Healthcare, Administration and Finance. 

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A day of positivity in Worcestershire.

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A local NHS Trust turned parts of the county yellow on Blue Monday to share happiness and positivity.

Teams across Worcestershire Health and Care NHS trust which is the main provider of community nursing, therapy and mental health services in the county, held a variety of colourful activities to share positivity and happiness on the most depressing day of the year.

The trust encouraged its staff to get involved in events across the county, with some baking yellow cakes for their patients and running activities based on improving mental wellbeing

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Media enquiriesIf you are a member of the media then contact us by email: whcnhs.communications@nhs.net or on: 01905 760020 or 07882 725082.