Trust Head Office
Watford General Hospital
Tel: 01923 436368
Watford Borough Council
16 October 2012
I understand that at its meeting on 17 October the Council will discuss the Watford Health Campus and in particular the potential inclusion within the proposed development of the land presently allocated for use as garden allotments.
At the centre of the Health Campus is Watford General. At present, the buildings occupied by our hospital are in poor state and not appropriate for twenty first century medicine: and I know that like me you are committed to ensure that the people of West Hertfordshire receive the best possible environment for their health care.
The agreed strategy of the Trust Board is to develop the new hospital in a phased fashion, as funds become available, and to deliver facilities appropriate to a modern, state of the art, District General Hosptial.
Kier’s innovative plan will provide the opportunity to deliver one of the new hospital buildings on top of the underground car park. This will connect with the new road which will provide a direct link between the new hospital and the existing motorway network. I am delighted and excited by this. However, this will not be adequate to provide for the full needs of the new hospital at Watford and of course there is additional complexity as we need to offer full services to our patients whilst our redevelopment is underway. Therefore, it will be imperative that the option of additional land is available to provide for the facilities required by our patients and in my view it will be most difficult to achieve this without the contribution of part of the land presently allocated to the farm terrace allotments. In light of this, I would wish to support the Council in giving full consideration to the patients’ needs in reaching its decision to consider this for hospital use.
I should add that I am aware of your commitment to provide alternative allotment facilities within the locality and equally supportive of the attention to detail with plans for green open space, the well being agenda and sustainability.
In my experience, opportunity to build a new hospital is rare in the extreme and we should do all that we can to ensure that the our new healthcare facilities in Watford are fully fit for purpose now and for the forseeable future.
With kindest regards.
Professor Thomas Hanahoe
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust