120-bed hospital unit arrives on a lorry

A NEW acute admissions department for West Herts hospitals is beginning delivery this week – on the back of a lorry. The ultra-modern, 120-bed unit, believed to be the largest in the country, will be linked to the existing A&E department at Watford Genera

A NEW acute admissions department for West Herts hospitals is beginning delivery this week - on the back of a lorry.

The ultra-modern, 120-bed unit, believed to be the largest in the country, will be linked to the existing A&E department at Watford General Hospital where it will serve patients in St Albans and Hemel Hempstead.

It is being delivered by road to the hospital in 150 steel-framed modular units and will be craned into position over a three-week period.

The West Herts Hospitals Trust chose that particular method of off-site construction to avoid as much inconvenience as possible. Only the foundations need to be laid on the site prior to delivery.


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The new facility will be the "front door" for the majority of patients requiring emergency treatment and will offer rapid assessment and diagnosis by a consultant from the onset of a patient's admission.

It will also house two catheterisation labs offering angioplasty to heart-attack victims and diagnostic testing such as X-ray, CT, ultrasound and blood tests will also be available for a longer period of the day.

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The acute admissions department, which will be launched later this year, will be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and will include a pharmacy with robotic dispensing.

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