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Local NHS trust seeks views on travelling to hospital sites

Posted: 27 July 2022

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West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is offering £40 to contributors who can help them develop its green travel plan.

The trust is working with an independent transport consultancy called Systra to run focus groups to find out how visitors and patients travel to hospital sites at Hemel Hempstead, Watford and St Albans. The trust would like to hear views about using public transport and whether local people are interested in cycling or walking to their appointments instead of driving.

Paddy Hennessey, director of environment, said: “Our new multi-storey car park, which was completed on time and on budget, is making a huge difference to patients and staff coming to Watford General Hospital. We must also be mindful of providing good alternatives to driving, which is important in helping us meet our net zero carbon targets. Finding out how local people currently get to our hospitals and what they might consider in the future really helps our planning, which is why we want to hear views from the communities we serve.”

The online focus groups take place on Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 August from 5.30pm to 7pm.

To register your interest please follow this link:

Please be aware that there is a limit to the size of the groups so registering an interest won’t automatically lead to an invitation to participate.


  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 has a catchment area of over 500,000 people and is one of the largest employers locally, with around 5,000 staff and volunteers.
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