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Incident in Women’s and Children’s building, Watford General Hospital

Posted: 26 January 2023

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We would like to reassure the public that we are working closely with our partners in Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service to coordinate a response to an incident in the Women’s and Children’s building at Watford General Hospital this morning.

The incident was caused by the accidental spillage of cleaning fluids. Some people were treated in our emergency department for the effects.

It has not been necessary to evacuate patients and there is no disruption to the emergency department (A&E) which remains open.

Women in labour or requiring urgent care should still arrive as usual where they will be escorted into the Women’s and Children’s building.

If you have a maternity, paediatric or ophthalmology appointment this afternoon, please assume it is going ahead but be prepared for a delay to your appointment time.

We would like to thank our staff, police and fire and rescue colleagues for their prompt and efficient response.


  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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