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Partial closure of staff car park at Watford General Hospital

Posted: 17 January 2019
Communications Team

Picture of staff standing outside the Michael Clements Diabetes Centre

Essential engineering works are currently taking place in the staff car park at Watford General hospital and sections of the car park will remain closed until 6pm on Friday 25 January.

The partial closure will enable Watford Borough Council, who own the land, to carry out essential engineering works to prepare for future developments associated with the Watford Riverwell scheme. This includes a new multi-storey car park at Watford General which should be completed in 2020.

Staff and visitors are being encouraged to use alternative forms of transport or consider car sharing for the duration of these works, where possible.

There are many ways to reach Watford General including by mainline train (via Watford Junction station), London overground (via Watford High Street station) or London underground (via the Metropolitan line to Watford station). Additionally, bus routes 10, 320 and 520 all serve Vicarage Road.

Drop off spaces are also available adjacent to the main clinical facilities, including the cardiology and maternity buildings, for those who can be dropped off by friends, family or taxis. The newly resurfaced overflow car park will still be available whilst the works take place and the trust is providing additional traffic management support to ensure parking areas are used to their full capacity.

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s website includes further information on how to reach Watford General, including walking routes and information on cycling.

Details of transport services for people who can't drive or use public transport are available on Hertfordshire County Council’s website.

Paddy Hennessy, Director of Environment at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust says: “I’d like to thank staff and visitors for their patience whilst the engineering work takes place in our staff car park at Watford General. The work is an important step in preparing for the new multi-storey car park, which will significantly improve car parking at the hospital for the future. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause for staff, especially whilst they are working so hard to provide the best care for our patients. We’re particularly grateful to all members of staff and visitors who are using alternative forms of transport and car sharing whilst we make these improvements.”

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  1. For more information, please contact the communications team on: 01923 436280 or email: communications@whht.nhs.uk. For out of hours media enquiries please call the Watford General Hospital switchboard on 01923 244366 and ask for the on call communications manager.
  2. West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust serves people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three hospitals; Watford General, St Albans City and Hemel Hempstead. The trust has a catchment area of over 500,000 people and is one of the largest employers locally, with around 5,000 staff and volunteers.
  3. For more information about our hospitals, visit www.westhertshospitals.nhs.uk. You can also join our followers on Twitter (twitter.com/westhertsNHS) and find us on Facebook (facebook.com/westhertsNHS)