Dean Russell MP welcomes £4 million funding for West Herts Hospitals

Updated: Apr 28

NHS Sign on hospital - Dean Russell MP Watford

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust will receive more than £4 million as part of a fund of £600 million to help eradicate the maintenance backlog in NHS hospitals.

Almost 1,800 projects across 178 trusts will be funded in order to tackle urgent maintenance issues by March 2021.

NHS hospital staff, patients and visitors will benefit from refurbished wards, brand-new electrics and upgraded ventilation systems by next spring, the Health Secretary has announced.

Investment will be targeted towards a range of projects including upgrades to electrical infrastructure, works to improve fire safety, life maintenance and roof repairs.

The investment is part of £1.5 billion capital funding which was announced in the summer to build an NHS fit for the future, which also includes plans to modernise mental health facilities, expand A&E capacity and improve infection control ahead of winter.

Watford’s MP said “The government is committed to supporting the NHS to build back better, having confirmed a series of major investments including £850 million to upgrade 20 hospitals and £3.7 billion to help deliver 40 new hospitals by 2030, which of course includes Watford General which is excellent news for healthcare in our town.”

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock said:

“Alongside delivering on our manifesto commitment to build 40 new hospitals and 20 major hospital upgrades across the country, this investment will help our NHS build back better.

“These crucial maintenance projects will deliver immediate benefits and provide NHS staff with the facilities they need to provide world-class care to their patients this winter, helping ensure the NHS is always there for you when you need it.”