Hereford Council and Hereford Health Authority have nominated Blanchworth Care as the preferred provider of health and social care in Kington, near the Welsh border. Concerns about the viability of the Kington Cottage Hospital and a wish to bring health and social care services together for the benefit of patients prompted the council and the health authority to pool their resources for the town. The scheme will be a public/private partnership to provide NHS and council care in a single building close to the doctors’ surgery in the town. There will be a total of 40 beds including 28 funded by the NHS and council, as well as day care and rehabilitation. The publicly funded beds will provide local acute care under the direction of Kington GPs as well as ongoing nursing and residential care. Many of the services will continue to be provided in the new building by the NHS itself. Hereford Council Leader Cr Terry James described the scheme as an important step forward for the modernisation of services in Kington.