Watford General Hospital

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Watford General Hospital
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
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Watford General Hospital from Vicarage Road
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Shown in Hertfordshire
LocationWatford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°38′54″N0°24′14″W / 51.64833°N 0.40389°W / 51.64833; -0.40389 Coordinates: 51°38′54″N0°24′14″W / 51.64833°N 0.40389°W / 51.64833; -0.40389
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type District General
StandardsInadequate [1]
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Website www.westhertshospitals.nhs.uk
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Watford General Hospital is a 521-bed acute District General Hospital situated on Vicarage Road, Watford, Hertfordshire. Together with Hemel Hempstead Hospital and St Albans City Hospital, it is operated by West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust. [2]

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Watford Town & Borough in England

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Hertfordshire County of England

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The Administration Block

Watford General was formed at the foundation of the National Health Service utilising buildings which were formerly the Watford workhouse and, from 1929, Shrodells Public Assistance Institution. [3] The facility also incorporated Watford's Peace Memorial Hospital which was transferred to the Shrodells site when the Peace Memorial Hospital closed in 1985. [4] [5] The Peace Hospice is situated on the former Peace Memorial site. [5] [6] The Princess Michael of Kent Wing at the Shrodells site was opened by Princess Michael of Kent in 1986 [7] [8] and an acute admissions unit was opened by Andy Burnham, the Secretary of State for Health, in February 2010. [7]

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Hospice care is a type of care and philosophy of care that focuses on the palliation of a chronically ill, terminally ill or seriously ill patient's pain and symptoms, and attending to their emotional and spiritual needs. In Western society, the concept of hospice has been evolving in Europe since the 11th century. Then, and for centuries thereafter in Roman Catholic tradition, hospices were places of hospitality for the sick, wounded, or dying, as well as those for travelers and pilgrims. The modern concept of hospice includes palliative care for the incurably ill given in such institutions as hospitals or nursing homes, but also care provided to those who would rather spend their last months and days of life in their own homes. The first modern hospice care was created by Cicely Saunders in 1967.

The hospital manages beyond its safe capacity with A&E having been designed for around 30,000 attendances per year but receiving over 88,000. The hospital was designated "inadequate" in its 2015 CQC inspection, but was upgraded to "requires improvement" in January 2018. [1]

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Outline planning permission to redevelop the hospital and create the Watford Health Campus was granted in 2008. Section 106 agreements which will provide £3 million for infrastructure around the Vicarage Road site, including education and transport, were signed on 26 March 2010. [9] In August 2012 Kier Property was selected to carry out the development programme. [10] It will take 1520 years to complete. [11]

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A new road has been built to improve linking the hospital to the town centre and the M1. Given the name, Thomas Sawyer Way, it is the main access for the hospital. [12] [13] [14]

The hospital is well-served by Watford buses running between the town centre and Rickmansworth. [15]

Rickmansworth town in South-West Hertfordshire, England

Rickmansworth is a small town in southwest Hertfordshire, England, approximately 17 miles (27 km) northwest of central London and inside the perimeter of the M25 motorway. The town is mainly to the north of the Grand Union Canal and the River Colne. The nearest large town is Watford, approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) to the east. Rickmansworth is the administrative seat of the Three Rivers District Council. The confluence of the Chess and the Gade with the Colne in Rickmansworth inspired the district's name. The enlarged Colne flows south to form a major tributary of the River Thames. The town is served by the Metropolitan line of the London Underground and Chiltern Railways from London Marylebone to Aylesbury.

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