Watford General Hospital

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust provides acute healthcare services to a core catchment population of approximately half a million people living in west Hertfordshire and the surrounding area. T

Trainees rotate through teaching and district general hospitals in north west London, as well as some specialist hospitals in central London



Watford General Hospital is at the heart of the Trust’s acute emergency services – the core location for inpatient emergency care, and for all patients who need the specialist emergency facilities (such as intensive care) of a major district general hospital. It also provides elective care for higher risk patients together with a full range of outpatient and diagnostic services. There are approximately 600 beds and 9 theatres (including 1 local theatre). Watford is also the focus of the Trust’s Women’s and Children’s services including neo-natal care.The Trust’s maternity service is amongst the largest in south-east England with 6000 deliveries per annum.

 St Albans City Hospital is the Trust’s elective care centre. It provides a wide range of elective care (both inpatient low risk surgery and day-case) and a wide range of outpatient and diagnostic services with in excess of 70,000 outpatient appointments. It has 40 beds and 6 theatres (including 1 procedure room for ophthalmology) and a Minor Injuries Unit (MIU).

Anaesthetic services for the trust are provided at two sites: Watford General Hospital (WGH) and Saint Albans City Hospital (SACH).Our Anaesthetic manager is Tara Lawrence (Tara.Lawrence@whht.nhs.ukwho is based at WGH and recently joined by Anne Philip (Anne.Philip@whht.nhs.uk) as the Anaesthetics administrator.

Being a very busy DGH, there is wealth of clinical experience to be gained during the trainee's placement at West Herts. The units of training offered for Intermediate trainees are all the General duties (except Airway and Head & Neck), Obstetrics, Paediatrics, Pain Medicine and Vascular Surgery. The units of training offered for Higher trainees are all the General duties (except Airway and Head & Neck) and Pain medicine. The college tutor will allocate the units of training according to the trainee's requirements.

There is protected half day teaching every week.The topics covered are based on the RCOA curriculum for Primary and Final FRCA exam. There are monthly Morbidity and Mortality and Clinical Governance meetings and the trainees are encouraged to present in these meetings. There is ample opportunity for getting involved in Quality Improvement Projects, Clinical Audits and Research. Dr Beena Parker is the Audit Lead and Dr Valerie Page is the Research Lead.

Watford General Hospital

Vicarage Road, Watford, Hertfordshire WD18 0HB
Dept 01923 217604 Fax 01923 217141 Switch 01923 244366
College Tutor Mamatha Kumar
Department Admin Tara Lawrence
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