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Watford General Hospital
Vicarage Road
WD18 0HB
Telephone number
01923 217532

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Nursing Times Workforce Employer of the Year 2019

Watford, Hemel Hempstead and St Albans serve patients from West Hertfordshire . Watford is the largest conurbation in Hertfordshire and is situated in the west corner of Hertfordshire, approximately 20 miles from London. The resident population of Hillingdon Health Authority is in the order of 250,000.

Acute admissions are based on the Watford site with approximately 400 beds and provide acute medicine, surgery and trauma, as well as a full service to paediatrics, gynaecology and obstetric patients. The Accident and Emergency Department, MAU, CCU, and ITU are also based on this site. There is a Day Unit for elderly people within the Care of the Elderly Directorate and a Mental Health Unit on site managed from the Community Trust. There is also a Programmed Investigation Unit.

The hospitals at St Albans and Hemel Hempstead are approximately 7 miles apart and approximately 8 miles North of Watford. There are approximately 500 beds and both hospitals provide a range of diagnostic and support services. Acute admissions are based on the Hemel Hempstead site and take acute medicine, surgery and trauma as well as paediatrics, gynaecology and obstetrics patients. The Accident and Emergency Department, MAU, CCU and ITU are also based on this site.

The Internal Management Structure

The unified management structure put in place from 1st April 1999, is centred around six Clinical Management Units (CMUs). The clinical management model in place is run under the leadership of a Clinical Director, although a number of CMU's have more than one Clinical Director in post currently. The structure can be summarised as:

  • Facilities CMU - No Clinical Director
  • Medical CMU - Clinical Directors
  • Surgical CMU - Clinical Directors
  • Diagnostic CMU - Clinical Directors
  • Women's CMU - A single Clinical Director
  • Elderly CMU - A single Clinical Director (this CMU is jointly managed with the Community Trust)
  • Paediatric CMU - A single Clinical Director directly managed by the Community Trust

Additional Information

There are good road and rail links to Watford via motorways, rail and underground. London is 20 minutes away by train. Bus services run between the railheads and Watford Hospital. The M25 is approximately 15 minutes due north. Heathrow lies to the west, approximately 25 minutes away via the M25. There are excellent recreation facilities within the locality, including swimming pools, golf, tennis, dry slope skiing, water skiing, horse riding, walking and also a theatre. The shopping centre at Watford is extremely popular. The schools in South West Hertfordshire are excellent with a variety of primary, secondary, grammar schools and sixth form colleges available.

Hemel Hempstead is close to London and served by the M1, M10 and M25 motorways. There is a rail link from London (Euston) to Hemel Hempstead which takes approximately 20 minutes.

St Albans is 20 minutes from London, close to the M25 and M1 and only 17 minutes by rail from London via the Thames Link.

Both towns are within easy reach of London, Heathrow and Luton airports, with a good Jet Link service from Hemel Hempstead.


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