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June meeting to share emerging preferred way forward on hospitals

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will outline an emerging preferred way forward for hospital redevelopment at a public meeting on 13 June. This will be held at the Metropolitan Police Bushey Sports Club, Aldenham Road, Bushey from 7pm to 9pm (with doors opening at 6.15pm).

As well as updates from the trust and CCG there will be time at the meeting for questions and feedback.

As spaces are limited anyone who wants to attend the event must book a place through Eventbrite https://hospital-plans-meeting.eventbrite.co.uk or by emailing communications.hvccg@nhs.net or calling 01442 898885 / 284116. The venue is fully accessible and there will be a hearing loop available for anyone that needs one.

The emerging preferred way forward will be determined by a joint meeting of the trust and CCG boards on 6 June, informed by an evaluation of the options. This will be a meeting in public and will be held at Watford Football Club from 9am to 10.30am with time allocated for public representations at the start of the meeting.

The emerging preferred way forward will form the basis of the draft strategic outline case (SOC). This will be published on 20 June ahead of meetings by both boards in July to discuss and formally agree the preferred way forward. The trust board will meet on the morning of 11 July to sign off the SOC and the CCG board will meet that afternoon to ratify this. Both board meetings will be in public. The SOC is due to be submitted to regulators at the end of July.

Information about hospital redevelopment plans (including information considered by the options evaluation panels) are available on the CCG and trust websites. Go to https://hertsvalleysccg.nhs.uk/future-plans/your-care-your-future/developing-hospital-services or https://www.westhertshospitals.nhs.uk/about/strategicoutlinecase.asp

Helen Brown, Deputy Chief Executive at West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust says: “Following an evaluation of options that has involved patient and stakeholder representatives and a review of costs by professional consultants with expertise in this field we’re now at a stage where we can move to an informed view on a preferred way forward.

“We are closer than ever to securing hundreds of million pounds of investment in our local hospitals that will bring real benefits for our patients. Getting that investment relies on us putting forward a strategic outline case that our regulators will see as compelling, deliverable and affordable.

“All of the options under consideration involve big improvements to local hospitals. The decision for our boards is where that investment is best made to provide the best solution for our communities now and in the future.”

 

Additional information:

The strategic outline case for hospital redevelopment in west Hertfordshire is being reviewed in light of feedback from regulators (NHS Improvement and NHS England).  Regulators have set a threshold that any plans put forward must be in line with the hospital trust’s annual turnover of approximately £350million.

Options under consideration have been shaped by regulators’ requirements. They are summarised in the table below:

 

Planned care

Emergency and critical care

Option 1

Medical (long term condition) care and ‘UTC Plus’ at Hemel Hempstead Hospital. Surgery, complex diagnostics and ‘UTC Minus’ at St Albans City Hospital

Maximum investment at Watford General including new theatres & critical care block; new women & children's block (excl. theatres); significant improvement to bed reconfiguration

Option 2

Most planned care at St Albans City Hospital. As above but with UTC Plus at St Albans rather than HHH. Hemel Hempstead Hospital providing urgent on the day care & some outpatient care

Large investment at Watford General to include new theatres & critical care block; new women & children's block (excl. theatres) and some improvement to bed reconfiguration

Option 3

Full refurb / new build of Hemel Hempstead Hospital to be main planned care site with UTC Plus. St Albans City Hospital providing urgent on the day care & some outpatient care

Investment at Watford General to include six theatres in Princess Michael of Kent (PMOK) building; new women & children's block (incl. theatres) and some improvement to bed reconfiguration

Option 4

New build planned care hospital (including UTC plus) on a new site. GP extended access, urgent on the day care & some outpatient care to be available in Hemel Hempstead and St Albans.

Lower investment at Watford General Hospital to include six theatres in Princess Michael of Kent (PMOK) building; new women & children's block (incl. theatres) and limited improvement to bed reconfiguration

The stakeholder panel included patient representatives as well as representatives from the trust and CCG as well as partner organisations. It met on 27 February and 13 March to look at the options from various aspects including service quality, patient experience, accessibility, deliverability and how they complement other parts of the health and care system locally. The panel reconvened on 13 May to hear the outcome from all of the analyses. Read the presentation here.

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