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Christmas comes early for West Herts with £11 million windfall for emergency care transformation

Posted: 7 December
Communications team

Picture of Watford General, Hemel Hempstead and St Albans Hospital

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust has received £11 million funding to transform emergency care at Watford General Hospital.

The Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock announced the windfall today as part of the government’s £963 million investment in sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs).

Acting chief executive Helen Brown said: "We’re delighted to hear that we have been successful in our bid for capital funding. This will make an enormous contribution to transforming and improving patient services and help to increase capacity in our emergency department. We will also be able to provide greater privacy and dignity for our patients by increasing the size of our treatment cubicles."

The money will be used to significantly improve the layout of the emergency department creating additional treatment and assessment space for both adults and children.

In addition to a better patient experience, staff will benefit from a vastly improved working environment.

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Notes to editors

  1. West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is part of the Hertfordshire and west Essex STP, one of 44 across England which encourages NHS and social care organisations to work together more closely to deliver more effective, joined-up and affordable services.

  2. For more information, please contact the communications team on: 01923 436280 or email: communications@whht.nhs.uk. Out of hours, please call 07900 228031.

  3. 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.
  4. 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).