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Watford General Hospital

Watford General Hospital
Vicarage Road
Herts, WD18 0HB

Tel: 01923 244 366

Changes to services at Watford General Hospital

Intensive Care we have made some changes to our intensive care unit to create separate facilities for patients with confirmed COVID-19 who require ventilation. We are also converting our day surgery unit to provide additional intensive care beds if they are needed later in the year.

Isolation unit we have converted the Granger Suite to create a dedicated isolation area with separate wards for confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients.

A new medical assessment unit opens in August. This will help those attending the emergency department to receive appropriate care and monitoring as part of a short stay and discharge or admission to hospital.

We have strict visiting restrictions in place to minimise the risk of visitors bringing infection into our hospitals and to minimise the risk of visitors becoming infected and transmitting the infection to the community.

About Watford General Hospital

Urgent Treatment Centre - Open 8am to 2am every day

The Urgent Treatment Centre at Watford General Hospital provides urgent care services for the local community.

If you need medical advice when the Urgent Treatment Centre is closed, please call 111. The NHS 111 service will help you get the treatment you need. In an emergency dial 999.

Watford General Hospital is at the heart of the Trust's acute emergency services - the core location for inpatient emergency care, and for all patients who need the specialist emergency facilities (such as intensive care) of a major district general hospital. It also provides elective care for higher risk patients together with a full range of outpatient and diagnostic services. There are approximately 600 beds and nine theatres (including one local theatre).

Watford is also the focus of the Trust's Women's and Children's services, including neonatal care. In 2011/12 the Trust increased capacity on the Watford site with a new Clinical Decision Unit (CDU) and an eighteen bed 'surge' ward.

The Trust's maternity service is amongst the largest in south-east England, with almost 6,000 deliveries per annum. A £750k investment in maternity services has delivered an increase in capacity, with a new six bedded transitional care unit (step up and down from the Special Care Baby Unit) for mothers and babies; three extra delivery beds; two antenatal beds; and four additional triage beds.

Watford General Hospital is about a 15-20 minute walk from the town centre.

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Visiting Times for Watford Hospital

Telephone Numbers Wards and Departments


League of Friends tea bars:

  • Outpatients department: Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm
  • Opposite Maternity: Monday to Friday 9am - 3.30pm

The Kitchen restaurant

  • Open everyday 7.00am - 8.00pm


Main entrance to hospital
Monday to Friday 10.00am - 4.00pm

League of Friends Tea Bar, outpatients department, Main Block

WH Smith, main entrance to Main Block.

Discharge lounge

The Discharge Lounge is situated by the main reception area on Level 2 of the main building.
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Monday to Friday 8.30am - 6.00pm.

Telephone: 01923 217386

Infopoint free phone help points

Infopoint help points are free telephone kiosks which allow the user to make free calls for a taxi, travel information, general health advice, the Trust switchboard and Patient Advice and Liaison (PALS).

At Watford, these are situated at our main hospital entrance, A&E, AAU, Outpatients and Maternity departments.


Situated on the third floor of the main hospital

Chaplain 01923 244366, ext: 7994

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