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.
Watford General Hospital is at the heart of the Trust’s acute emergency services – the core location for inpatient emergency care, and for all patients who need the specialist emergency facilities (such as intensive care) of a major district general hospital. It also provides elective care for higher risk patients together with a full range of outpatient and diagnostic services. There are c.600 beds and 9 theatres (including 1 local theatre). Watford is also the focus of the Trust’s Women’s and Children’s services including neo-natal care.