Hospital concerns

PUBLISHED: 11:10 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

SIR, — Like recent correspondents I also feel strongly on the subject of Watford General Hospital and its imminent elevation to main hospital in the area for all services. My son was recently a patient there for two days — his wife, who does not drive, ha

SIR, - Like recent correspondents I also feel strongly on the subject of Watford General Hospital and its imminent elevation to main hospital in the area for all services.

My son was recently a patient there for two days - his wife, who does not drive, had a journey of over two hours on public transport back to St Albans. This could be expensive and time-consuming for anyone visiting daily over a long period.

Even by car it is not the easiest place to find and parking is £3 per hour. A disabled friend had to queue when she attended the hospital recently, as there were not enough disabled parking spaces.

Another friend was taking her husband (with cancer) to the hospital and got caught up with the football crowd but was given no help, or priority, by the police.

The new "state-of-the-art" hospital which we are told will replace the rather old and shabby present hospital, could be some years away, or even be shelved - as happened in Hatfield - due to lack of money.

We have a nice local hospital, easy to access for all the surrounding villages also, which could have been upgraded. Instead, a whole lot of houses were built on the site.

We are living in a wealthy, desirable, cathedral city. Surely we deserve a first-class medical facility.

ANNE FENTON,

Berners Drive, St Albans.

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