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Watford General Hospital

Watford General Hospital
Vicarage Road
Herts, WD18 0HB

Tel: 01923 244 366

About Watford General Hospital

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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