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Critical incident stood down at Watford General Hospital

Posted: 4 April 2020

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West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust stood down its critical incident tonight (Saturday) at 22.30. This means that patients can attend Watford General Hospital as usual and that ambulances can bring patients to Watford General instead of to neighbouring hospitals.

The issues experienced today have been resolved and a safe level of oxygen was maintained throughout the duration of the incident.

The trust is grateful to neighbouring hospitals and to the ambulance service and the police for their support today.

Deputy chief executive Helen Brown said: "We know that our NHS colleagues and the police are exceptionally busy at the moment, but this didn’t stop them stepping in to help. They were quick to respond and together – as one team – we kept our site and our patients safe."



  1. For more information, please contact the communications team on: 01923 436280 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 Teaching 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 sees around 600,000 patients a year and is one of the largest employers locally, with around 5,000 staff and volunteers.
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