West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust was formed on 1 April 2000 following the merger of St Albans and Hemel Hempstead NHS Trust and Mount Vernon and Watford NHS Trust.
The Trust is one of the largest organisations in west Hertfordshire, employing around 4000 members of staff, serving a catchment population of around 500,000 and receiving over 1million visitors each year.
The Trust manages three hospitals Hemel Hempstead Hospital, St. Albans City Hospital and Watford General Hospital. All of these hospitals provide general healthcare including some specialist services and have close links with specialist hospitals, such as Harefield.
Since March 2009 when emergency services centralised at Watford General Hospital, Watford has been the main acute hospital in west Hertfordshire. The specialist emergency service at Watford now includes a newly expanded A&E Department, a new 120-bed Acute Admissions Unit, a state-of-the-art 19-bed Intensive Care Unit, and a dedicated Children’s Emergency Department. Watford also offers a comprehensive range of specialist and general services, including one of the safest maternity services in the country.