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New Year's Day babies

Posted: 22 January 2019
Communications Team

Picture of a baby boy Hinshellwood lying on his back

Staff at Watford General Hospital got the year off to a wonderful start by delivering 11 babies on New Year’s Day.

The first to arrive was baby boy Hinshelwood (pictured) at 1.04am to proud parents Alec and Laura who live in Hemel Hempstead.

Delivery ward matron Justine Chung said: "Congratulations to the 11 families who have had an extra special start to 2019 and many thanks to our staff who helped bring them into the world this New Year’s Day. It was business as usual for our team as, on average, we deliver 12 babies a day at Watford General, our main maternity hospital. We also provide other services from Hemel Hempstead and St Albans hospitals. Visit to find out more."


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  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.
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