Watford General Hospital

My Plan for Watford - Dean Russell MP

I stood on a manifesto commitment to secure a hospital for Watford fit for the 21st century.

Since being elected, I have relentlessly campaigned for the redevelopment of Watford General Hospital. I am delighted that Health Secretary Steve Barclay heard my calls and announced the go-ahead for a fully funded new state of the art hospital on the Watford General site.

In recent years there have been incredible advances at Watford General, such as creating the UK's first virtual hospital, the installation of two surgery robots, and the trust working hard to gain teaching hospital status. Achievements I was proud to support. It now needs new and better buildings for the benefit of both patients and staff.

The existing site at Watford General is just over 73,000 square metres so has huge potential with sufficient space for new buildings. It also has a new access road, a new car park and improvement works thanks to £51 million already invested as part of the programme. 

Matthew Coats, the trust’s Chief Executive, said: "This is fantastic news. Our patients and staff can look forward to a complete transformation in terms of our buildings and the way our services work together. Our staff work so hard in buildings that add challenge to already demanding jobs. I am so pleased that we will be able to offer a far better working environment and one they can be proud of. Local people can be assured that the new hospital has been designed with the sole priority of delivering our vision: the very best care for every patient, every day."

Phil Townsend, the trust’s Chair, said: "This announcement marks a significant milestone in our quest to build the much-needed new hospital for the people of Watford and West Hertfordshire. This is the culmination of many years of unrelenting hard work, led by the trust board. It has been a long road to this point, and I am incredibly grateful to colleagues for their continued engagement and particularly for their detailed work on the plans.

 This very welcome news will transform healthcare for local residents and ensure our fantastic NHS staff and volunteers will work in world-class facilities. 


Dean joins Minister for Health in visit to Watford General Hospital

I was pleased to invite the Minister for Health, Will Quince MP, to Watford General Hospital on Monday as the Government launched a blueprint on how to help recover urgent and emergency care services, reduce waiting times, and improve the patient experience.

Dean Russell MP joins Christmas Wrapping Drive

Approximately 300 toys have been donated and these will be gifted to sick children at Watford General Hospital this Christmas. Charlott has co-ordinated efforts with RAISE, the hospital’s charity.

Watford MP questions Prime Minister on Watford General investment

Watford’s MP Dean Russell spoke in Parliament today during Prime Minister’s Questions to thank the “brilliant staff and volunteers at Watford General” and to keep West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust redevelopment plans firmly on the Prime Minister’s radar.

Let’s embrace the plans that will give us a 21st Century Hospital

Following the news that construction of the new multi-storey car park at Watford General Hospital has commenced, now is the time to embrace the wider plans that will overhaul the three hospitals in West Herts and provide staff and patients with state-of-the-art facilities that are fit for purpose

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

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.