Intensive care capacity is being increased at Hereford County Hospital as Wye Valley NHS Trust continues to see an increase in patients being admitted with COVID-19.

In a video message to staff, Wye Valley NHS Trust’s Managing Director Jane Ives explains that due to increased admissions and more cases of COVID being reported on wards at the hospital, the trust has taken the decision to increase the number of beds in its Intensive Care Unit from the current 8 beds, to 16 beds.

The video message goes on to explain that the increase in capacity will be used to support patients from Herefordshire but also the wider area including Mid Powys and the rest of the region as the strain on the NHS continues.

One bit of good news that was shared was that the vast majority of staff have received their flu jabs and that COVID-19 vaccinations are progressing well with the vast majority of staff either having received the vaccine, or booked in to do so.