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Meeting to share options for developing hospital provision

Posted: 20 February 2019

Picture of Watford Hospital, St Albans City Hosptial and Hemel Hemspead Hosptial
West Hertfordshire residents will hear how hospital redevelopment plans are shaping up at an event on 7 March 2019 at Shendish Manor Hotel, London Road, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead from 7pm to 9pm.

Senior clinicians and leaders from West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will present a shortlist of options for future hospital provision and will ask people to discuss these and give their views.

All of the options being considered will have costs that fall within the threshold set by regulators - that any plans must be in line with the hospital trust’s annual turnover of approximately £350million.

This financial restriction rules out a new, single site emergency and planned care hospital. Options which involve moving emergency and critical care from Watford are also out of the question because they require relocating many other interdependent services, and this cannot be achieved within the funding threshold.

The options evaluation will consider the level of investment needed in emergency and specialist care at Watford General Hospital and in planned care (either at existing sites or a new planned care centre on a new site) and the implications of different options for particular services and locations.

Feedback from next month’s meeting will be considered by the project team and also our evaluation panel that meets in mid- March. This panel is made up of clinical staff, NHS managers, community representatives, Healthwatch, local authority partners and the voluntary sector.

After the evaluation panel has met, options will then have further financial and technical analysis before a recommendation on the preferred way forward goes to the boards of both NHS organisations during early summer. The boards’ agreed proposal will then be considered by the government as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review in autumn 2019.

As spaces are limited anyone who wants to attend the event must book a place through Eventbrite https://west-herts-hospital-meeting.eventbrite.co.uk. If you do not have access to the internet you can book a place by calling 01442 898885 or 01442 284116. The venue is fully accessible and there will be a hearing loop available for anyone that needs one.

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  1.  For more information please contact communications team at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust on 01923 436281 or email. 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).