Hospital: Site Feasibility Study

30th June 2020

Sir Mike Penning MP is backing local hospital campaigners’ calls for the West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust to make sure their new Independent Site Feasibility Study is fair to all sites.

The Trust has commissioned RFL Property Services to provide an Independent Site Feasibility Study and Valuation Advice to support their Outline Business Case for the redevelopment of acute hospital facilities in the West Hertfordshire area.

The study will consider four sites, but the existing Vicarage Road site is not included.

Sir Mike is backing local campaigners who believe all five sites should be compared on an equal basis.

He said:
“To be really fair, the Trust clearly should consider the advantages and disadvantages on the same basis – including the existing site next to Watford Football Club.

“We need a new hospital on a new site to serve the towns of Hemel Hempstead, Watford and St Albans equally. Common sense suggests that it would also be quicker and easier to build on a new site – rather than try to renovate Watford General Hospital whilst keeping it operational.

“I have no view as to which site is better. I have always been open to any suggestion as long as it is easily accessible to all three major towns.”

Feasibility Study Proposal:

https://www.westhertshospitals.nhs.uk/about/redevelopment/documents/WHHT_Proposal_for_Site_Feasibility_Study_and_Valuation_Advice_4.5.20-FINAL.pdf

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