Breast Cancer Haven Hereford 

Breast Cancer Haven is the charity that supports women through their breast cancer treatment. When breast cancer tries to rob a woman of her individuality, her confidence or her strength, we provide the tailored package of emotional, physical and practical support that helps her hold on to them.

We support women and their families via a network of six welcoming centres around the UK and through an expanding network of other services. We’re there to provide women with breast cancer the support that treatment alone can’t.

We support anyone affected by breast cancer for free. From our welcoming centre in Hereford, our counsellors, therapists and health professionals offer you support to help you with your own personal challenges of living with breast cancer. Anyone can come to our centre. There are no geographical restrictions and no need for a doctors referral. Just get in touch and make an appointment today.

Here, you can also find classes, talks and workshops, support days and courses offered at our Hereford centre.

Cancer Research UK 

Our vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

In the 1970s, less than a quarter of people with cancer survived. But over the last 40 years, survival has doubled – today half will survive. Our ambition is to accelerate progress and see three-quarters of people surviving the disease within the next 20 years. Our strategy will give us the foundations we need to tackle the challenges ahead.

We want survival in the UK to be among the best in the world. We’re focusing our efforts in four key areas – working to help prevent cancer, diagnose it earlier, develop new treatments and optimise current treatments by personalising them and making them even more effective.

We’ll continue to support research into all types of cancer and across all age groups. And we’re keeping our focus on understanding the biology of cancer so we can use this vital knowledge to save more lives.

We’re increasing our research in key areas such as early diagnosis, and hard-to-treat cancers including lung, pancreatic, oesophageal cancers and brain tumours. We’re developing new tests, surgery and radiotherapy techniques, and cancer drugs. We want to personalise prevention, screening and treatment and bring benefits to patients sooner.

To help accelerate progress, we’ll be investing an additional £50 million a year into new funding schemes for our researchers. These will encourage collaboration and innovation, and support research tackling some of the biggest scientific challenges in cancer research.

Smoking is the biggest preventable cause of cancer and we’ll work towards the day when no one in the UK smokes – in particular by protecting children and helping people to quit.

We’ll campaign for the best cancer services in all parts of the UK, and give more people the chance to join the fight against cancer.

But we can’t achieve our mission alone. We rely on our dedicated scientists, doctors and nurses, and the generosity of our supporters across the UK. With your help, we can beat cancer sooner.

Critical Care Unit at Nevill Hall Hospital 

Nevill Hall Hospital is a district general hospital in Abergavenny, north Monmouthshire, Wales. It was officially opened in April 1970, the new buildings replacing the older Victorian built converted mansion, which has since been used as office accommodation and still remains at the rear of the modern complex.

The hospital provides in-patient, daycare and outpatient services together with investigations. The hospital has a 24-hour Emergency Department. Its catchment area extends to the south into the south Wales valleys, west into Powys and north to the Hereford and Gloucestershire borders. A new Post-Graduate Medical Centre opened in January 2002, which hosts training in specialties as well as providing teaching for doctors and other health professionals in training.

The hospital operates a 24-hour radio service known as “NH Sound” for patients in Nevill Hall as well as the wider hospital community of Abergavenny on 1287 medium wave It is run by volunteers and started in 1979. The hospital is part of Aneurin Bevan Local Health Board.

The Critical Care Directorate provides intensive and high dependency care for the population of Gwent and South Powys in South Wales. The service is delivered on two sites:

  • At Nevill Hall Hospital there is a combined intensive care and high dependency facility that has eight beds used flexibly.
  • At the Royal Gwent Hospital intensive care is provided in its six-bedded Intensive Care Unit. High dependency care is delivered through a separate eight-bedded unit, opportunities exist to rotate between both ICU and HDU.

Both hospitals work closely together to deliver an evidence-based service to patients. There is a Pan-Gwent forum to take forward nursing initiatives and standards. Both units also contribute to several national research projects. All staff help drive service developments including the Outreach Education Service and assist in the maintenance and improvement of modern, innovative Critical Care practice.