The following letter from West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust (which runs Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead hospitals) was published in the Watford Observer [3 October 2014] in response to an article in the paper on the Watford Health Campus [26 Sept]
Watford Health Campus
I thought it would be helpful to update you about our plans for the future of Watford Hospital following your article in last week’s paper about the Watford Health Campus scheme (‘Now tell us what you want?’, Watford Observer, 26 September 2014).
I am pleased to report that our hospitals are part of a new wide-ranging review of local services, which is called the ‘West Hertfordshire strategic review’ and is being led by the Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group – the body in charge of commissioning (buying) health services for the people of west Hertfordshire.
The review will be looking at what health and social care services are going to be needed in the future across the region, including hospital, mental health and community services. Importantly, we need to make sure they are sustainable – both clinically and financially – for the long term.
The review will be led by doctors, nurses and other clinicians and will involve patients and other local people.
When the review is complete and, subject to appropriate public engagement and consultation, we will be able to put forward a plan for our three hospital sites – Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead. In turn, this will provide clarity as to what the ‘health’ element of the Watford Health Campus will look like.
It will also provide clarity for the long term future of both St Albans and Hemel Hempstead hospitals, which I am sure many will agree, is long overdue.
We will of course continue to update people as we move forward.
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust