Hertfordshire Hospital

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Trust Overview

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust provides acute healthcare services to a core catchment population of approximately half a million people living in west Hertfordshire and the surrounding area. The Trust also provides a range of more specialist services to a wider population, serving residents of North London, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and East Hertfordshire. Overall the population served by the Trust is relatively affluent, but there are some areas of deprivation. As an employer of over 4000 people the Trust is one of the biggest employers in the area and sees nearly a million patients each year.

The Trust’s Vision

The Trust’s vision is to embody in its hospitals all the principles, values and the sense of service that created the NHS by providing consistently good, safe care in a friendly, listening and informative way, as and when people need and want it and always with dignity and respect.

Within the NHS Midlands and East Strategic Health Authority cluster, NHS Hertfordshire is the main commissioner with over 300 GPs in west Hertfordshire.

Trust Sites

The Trust has undertaken a significant programme of service and estate reconfiguration in the last few years. This included the development of St Albans City Hospital into a dedicated centre for elective surgery, the move of A&E and in-patient services from Hemel Hempstead to Watford and the development of a new Acute Admissions Unit at Watford to provide an innovative model of care and to accommodate an almost doubling of emergency activity.