Local Chamber of Commerce back new Hospital Appeal

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce have become one of the first supporters of the county’s new Urgent and Emergency Care Appeal launched by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity.

The charity is appealing to local businesses based in the county to pledge to sponsor a space on the Thank You Wall that will be displayed as part of the new Urgent and Emergency Care (UEC) development at Worcestershire Royal Hospital. Organisations can choose from a variety of levels of support but all donations will make a huge difference.

The Charity is aiming to raise £50,000 to support improvements to patient care and experience at the UEC, which will include a relocated and expanded Emergency Department, a dedicated children’s emergency department, X-ray and other diagnostic facilities when it opens later this year.

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce CEO Sharon Smith visited the site this week for a special behind the scenes tour of the new development where she met with Clare Bush, Divisional Director of Nursing for Urgent Care at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. Sharon was able to see where donations will be put to good use enhancing the environment and find out more about why creating a welcoming and inclusive environment is so important for patient care.

Sharon Smith, Chief Executive at the Chamber of Commerce said: “Seeing the almost completed new Urgent and Emergency Care unit was both humbling and inspiring. Speaking to Clare it was evident that the environment and finishing touches were critical to improving how patients and relatives would feel, at a time of extreme crisis. Clare explained how communication at this crucial time is key for the specialist nursing team and we are proud to help and support making this happen.”

Sophie Burt, Head of Fundraising and Community Development at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity commented: “We are delighted and very grateful that Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce have joined the appeal to add the “Finishing Touches” to the new Urgent and Emergency Care unit at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

We hope that other businesses will be inspired to join the appeal and sponsor their own place on the Thank You Wall. With the support of the local community Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity will help our local NHS to create the very best environment for patients needing care.”

The new development is due to open this Autumn.