Gordon Yearwood, who is spearheading the case for the ‘West Herts 21 Century Hospital Solution’, is calling for the public’s help in raising awareness and support.
He said: ‘We have managed to inform a number of key stakeholders of the case for a completely new 21st century, more accessible, centrally located hospital for the people of West Hertfordshire, instead of a towering skyscraper built in the Watford Hospital car park.
‘West Herts 21 Century Hospital Solution has recently raised the case with the new Integrated Care Board (NHS Hertfordshire and West Essex ICB) and with the Department of Health and Social Care. We are continuing our interactions with these key stakeholders and we believe that we are making some headway.
‘It would of great assistance if you are able to write to the CEO of the Hertfordshire and West Essex ICB, stating how the congested Watford Hospital site is too inaccessible for most of the people of West Herts and how the proposed towering skyscraper hospital is far too high – 40m taller than the highest ladder of Hertfordshire’s Fire Service.
‘Please also put in your own words how you understand that a new 21st century hospital on a more accessible and more centrally located site can be built far quicker, for far less money and would avoid the unsafe situation where West Hertfordshire’s only A&E and Maternity hospital is located adjacent to West Herts only major football stadium.
‘The full address to write to is: The Chief Executive Officer, NHS Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care Board, Charter House, Parkway, Welwyn Garden City, AL86JL.
‘Together we will make further progress and achieve a decent hospital service for all the people of West Hertfordshire.’