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Trust thrilled by hospital funding announcement

Posted: 30 September 2019

Picture of West Herts Hosptials three sites

Christine Allen, chief executive, said: “We are delighted that the need for significant funding has been met with an investment pledge for our buildings and facilities. Our staff have been working incredibly hard over recent years to raise our standards of care, but over this time our estate has continued to decline.

“Whilst there have been pockets of investment, our current estate takes time and money to keep safe. Our improvement programme has done much for patient care and staff morale but it can feel like an uphill struggle when we are challenged by the many issues that come from having ageing buildings and facilities.

“There have been numerous plans over years to transform our estate but these have never been awarded the funding to proceed. Our patients and staff can now look forward to receiving and providing care in modern surroundings.

“We are working closely with regulators and our colleagues in the CCG and will share our proposals as soon as possible.”

Chairman Phil Townsend added: “I’m extremely proud of the team who have worked relentlessly and collaboratively with our commissioners to achieve this milestone for our trust, staff and patients.”

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Notes to editors

  1. For more information, please contact the communications team on: 01923 436280 or email: wherts-tr.communications@nhs.net. 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).