Hereford County Hospital

Hereford County Hospital is an acute general hospital located in Hereford and operated by Wye Valley NHS Trust.

Hereford County Hospital
Wye Valley NHS Trust
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Hereford County Hospital
Hereford County Hospital is located in Herefordshire
Hereford County Hospital
Shown in Herefordshire
LocationHereford, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates52°03′25″N 2°42′20″W / 52.05691°N 2.70553°W / 52.05691; -2.70553Coordinates: 52°03′25″N 2°42′20″W / 52.05691°N 2.70553°W / 52.05691; -2.70553
Care systemNHS
Hospital typeGeneral
ListsHospitals in England


The General Infirmary, which was built on land donated by the Earl of Oxford, opened in 1783.[1] It became known as the General Hospital in 1900 and an additional building, known as the Hewat Pavilion, which operated as an orthopedic ward, opened in 1927.[1]

The foundation stone for Hereford County Hospital was laid in 1937 by Queen Mary. It was built adjacent to the site of the Public Assistance Institute.[2] The County Hospital provided additional facilities to the General Hospital.[2]

A new hospital was procured in 1999 under a Private Finance Initiative contract to replace the Hereford General, County and Victoria Eye Hospitals.[2] The new hospital, which was designed by WS Atkins[3] and built by Alfred McAlpine[4][5] at a cost of £62 million,[6] opened in 2002.[7] An additional ward, the Gilwern Assessment Unit, opened on the site in December 2015.[7]


The hospital has 208 beds[8] and facilities include a psychiatric ward named after Jenny Lind, a Swedish opera singer.[9] Facilities management services are provided by Sodexo.[10] Kier Group has a contract for a £40m programme of reconfiguration works at the hospital.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Hereford General Hospital". Old Hereford Pics. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Renton, Charles (1999). The Story of Herefordshire's Hospitals. Almeley: Logaston Press. p. 220. ISBN 1873827210.
  3. ^ "Healthcare Book" (PDF). WS Atkins. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Hereford PFI deal closed". Building. 23 April 1999. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Alfred McAlpine sells stake in Mercia Healthcare for 5.6m". Building. 26 January 2005. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  6. ^ "NHS capital expenditure and the private finance initiative—expansion or contraction?" (PDF). British Medical Journal. 3 July 1999. p. 49. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Hereford County Hospital has a new ward". Herefordshire Live. 23 December 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Hereford care at home plan to free up hospital beds". BBC. 17 October 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  9. ^ "David Craig who left roadie job to become mental health nurse retires". Hereford Times. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Inquiry into Hereford County Hospital contract called for as MP Jesse Norman brands PFI a "catastrophe"". Hereford Times. 10 December 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Kier wins £250m of health deals including Hampshire hospital design-and-build job". Construction News. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2018.