Patients invited to give views on plans to reshape hospital services

Patients are being encouraged to take part in a survey on proposals by West Herts Hospitals Trust to reshape services across hospital sites in Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead.

The survey is part of the Your Care, Your Views engagement that runs until 24 March. The hospital trust is proposing a more clearly defined role for each of the three hospital sites. Emergency, inpatient and complex care will remain at Watford; Hemel Hempstead will be the centre for planned medical care and long term conditions and St Albans City hospital will be the centre for planned surgery and cancer care. Urgent care services and some outpatient services will be provided at all three sites.

The trust is proposing improvements to the way that services are provided. This includes more ‘one stop’ clinics (where patients have diagnostic procedures, treatment and consultation as part of the same appointment) and more online appointments. All three hospitals will have much better diagnostic facilities and the latest digital technology.

You can find out about the proposals by reading the Your Care Your Future outline and joining online events. Medical teams and hospital managers will take you through proposals for new ways to provide care across areas such as emergency care, women’s and children’s services, diagnostics, planned surgical care, cancer services and critical care.

Most events run from 6pm to 7pm including time for questions.

  • Critical care at Watford General Hospital, Monday 15 March
  • Proposed model of care at Hemel Hempstead Hospital, Tuesday 16 March
  • Proposals for consolidating teams and services, Wednesday 17 March
  • Insight into emergency and specialist care, Thursday 18 March
  • Proposals for Hemel Hempstead Hospital: long term conditions, Friday 19 March
  • Harnessing the power of diagnostics, Monday 22 March (10am)
  • Respiratory medicine at Hemel Hempstead Hospital, Tuesday 23 March

The full meeting programme including details of speakers and links to join is available on the trust’s website. You can find recordings of all events on the Trust’s YouTube channel.

Proposals for new ways to provide care are being developed alongside rebuild and refurbishment plans that will be shared in the coming weeks by BDP, the architects for the hospital redevelopment. Further information is on the trust’s website.

For further information:

Please email westherts.redevelopment@nhs.net