Public viewing for hospital's new emergency unit

PUBLISHED: 07:50 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

A PREVIEW of the new 120-bed emergency unit at Watford General Hospital which is due to open in March is available to the public next weekend. The Acute Admissions Unit (AAU) will serve the West Herts area which includes the St Albans district following

A PREVIEW of the new 120-bed emergency unit at Watford General Hospital which is due to open in March is available to the public next weekend.

The Acute Admissions Unit (AAU) will serve the West Herts area which includes the St Albans district following the closure of the A&E department at St Albans City Hospital in the nineties and the more recent closure of A&E at Hemel Hempstead Hospital.

Guided tours of the new building, which is located next to the A&E department at Watford General, will take place from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, January 24.

Patients admitted to the new AAU will be assessed and treated by a consultant from the time they are admitted and further investigations such as X-rays and scans will be available in the new building saving valuable time.

A state-of-the-art pharmacy manufacturing department with robotic dispensary is also part of the new service.

Professor Graham Ramsay, medical director of the West Herts Hospitals Trust, said: "Staff are very proud of the Acute Admissions Unit which is the largest of its kind in the country and we are looking forward to showing the new facilities to the people of West Herts and explaining how the new model of care will dramatically improve the emergency service patients receive.

"I am certain that people will be very impressed when the see the AAU and will be confident that if they or their family or friends require emergency care in the future they will receive the best possible care available."

Anyone wishing to tour the building should just turn up on the day.

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