Hospitals, including Hemel Hempstead’s Urgent Care Centre, to get £16.2 million upgrade after successful funding bid

Hemel Hempstead Urgent Care Centre
Hemel Hempstead Urgent Care Centre

Hemel Hempstead’s Urgent Care Centre will get a slice of a £16.2 million pot of cash that has been secured for hospital upgrade works.

West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust has successfully bid for the cash from the Department of Health, which will also be spent on the Watford and St Albans hospital sites.

The works planned include a major upgrade of wards - costing £2.7 million - and improvements to the outside of buildings totalling £1.9 million.

A large chunk of the money will be spent on ensuring the hospitals are meeting the latest safety standards, with £393,000 being spent on a new ventilation system, £301,000 on the replacement of old water pipes and £839,000 will be paid out for new windows.

There will be an upgrade to the electrical infrastructure at all three sites and the way in which medical gases, such as oxygen, are pumped to the wards, as well as £3.5 million on a new back-up electricity system, which kicks in if there is a power cut.

There will also be fire safety improvements, new and upgraded lifts, improved heating systems, repairs to roads and paths, the refurbishment of operating theatres, the removal of asbestos from older buildings and the demolition of empty buildings.

Trust chief executive Samantha Jones said: “Anyone who has visited our sites will know that they are in need of improvement and this investment will make a real impact. Visitors to our hospitals will soon see a difference, with new windows, new lifts, new roofs and improvements to the outside of our hospitals.

“We’re also investing nearly £3 million on upgrading our wards and millions of pounds will be spent in areas people can’t see, such as new wiring, heating and pipes that transfer water around our hospitals. The overall drive is to ensure our hospitals are as safe and as welcoming as they possibly can be.”

The works will be completed over the next year to 18 months.

Last year an independent assessment revealed that the trust will need to spend around £67 million on its hospital buildings over the next six years to ensure they are fit for purpose and meet the latest safety standards.

Already, around £8 million is spent each year upgrading the three hospital sites and buying new equipment.

It is not yet know how much of the £16.2 million will be spent on Hemel Hempstead’s Urgent Care Centre.