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Boards meet this Thursday to identify preferred option for hospital development

Posted: 3 June 2019

Picture of three of the trust's hospital sites

The boards of West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group will meet together this Thursday (6 June) to have a discussion in public and agree a preliminary view on the emerging preferred way forward for hospital development.

At the meeting the boards will look objectively and thoroughly at the information about four shortlisted options (against a benchmark ‘do minimum option) and will discuss the pros and cons of each before agreeing which they think is preferable.

The meeting will take place from 9am to 10.30am at Watford Football Club and members of the public are welcome to attend.

So that the boards hear a range of opinions on what is an important topic for local people, we have allocated 20 minutes during the session for members of the public to express their views. People are invited to make a representation in person of up to two minutes and anyone wishing to do so should email governance@whht.nhs.uk by 5pm on Tuesday 4 June 2019. All requests will be reviewed and people will be told by the end of Wednesday if their request has been accepted. In reviewing requests the team will aim to ensure that as many points as possible are covered and that duplication is limited. If time permits, comments from the floor will be welcomed, should they represent an aspect not previously covered.

Anyone who is not able to or does not want to make a verbal statement at the meeting can submit a representation of up to 500 words by 5pm on Tuesday June 4 2019 to governance@whht.nhs.uk for circulation to both boards.

To view the board papers for this meeting go to www.hertsvalleysccg.nhs.uk or www.westhertshospitals.nhs.uk . As this is not a decision-making meeting and boards are being asked to consider all options objectively, there is no recommendation as part of the board papers. The boards of the hospital trust and the CCG will form a preliminary view on an emerging way forward that will be presented at a public meeting on Thursday 13 June. This will take place at the Metropolitan Police Bushey Sports Club, Aldenham Road, Bushey from 7pm to 9pm (with doors opening at 6.15pm).To register for this meeting go to Eventbrite https://hospital-plans-meeting.eventbrite.co.uk

The emerging preferred way forward will form the basis of the draft strategic outline case (SOC). This will be published towards the end of June ahead of both boards meeting separately on 11 July to discuss and formally agree the preferred way forward. The SOC is due to be submitted to regulators at the end of July.

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Notes to editors

  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).
  4. International Nurses Day is organised annually by the International Council of Nurses and celebrates the contribution that nurses make to societies around the world. It takes place on 12 May every year, which is Florence Nightingale’s birthday.