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Watford General Hospital, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Location and Contact details

Watford General Hospital
Vicarage Road
WD18 0HB

Telephone: 01923 244366


Type of organisation

  • NHS Service

Descripton of organisation

  • Trauma Unit
  • Acute Hospital
  • In patient

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miles (approximate road distance)

Entry last updated

Mar 7, 2013

Further Details

Since March 2009 when emergency services centralised at Watford General Hospital, Watford has been the main acute hospital in west Hertfordshire. The specialist emergency service at Watford now includes a newly expanded A&E Department, a new 120-bed Acute Admissions Unit, a state-of-the-art 19-bed Intensive Care Unit, and a dedicated Children's Emergency Department. Watford also offers a comprehensive range of specialist and general services, including one of the safest maternity services in the country.

Occupational Therapists help people improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living and working environments. They work with individuals who have conditions that are mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally impaired. Occupational therapists help clients make maximum use of their existing function. Their goal is to help clients have independent, productive, and satisfying lives.

Physiotherapy provides a service to patients with a wide variety of clinical conditions. Through a process of assessment and treatment, physiotherapists aim to improve quality of life, optimise function and encourage self-management.

Along with their Occupational Therapy colleagues, the Physiotherapists are grouped into teams offering a comprehensive range of services for patients including an Orthopaedic Team as well as AAU and A&E Teams.

Speech and Language Therapists assess, diagnose, develop and deliver packages of care to maximise the speech, language, communication and/or eating and drinking potential of the patient referred to them.

Services available

ABI Specialist National Regional Local
Acute Medical Care no no no yes
Advice no no no yes
Nursing no no no yes
Occupational Therapy no no no yes
Physiotherapy no no no yes
Speech & Language Therapy no no no yes
National = country wide, Regional = offering a service within 150 miles, Local = offering a service within 50 miles

This service adheres to the following Regulatory Frameworks / is affiliated to the following bodies:

CQC Registered on 6 March 2010

Referrals can be made by

GP yes
Consultant yes
Healthcare Professional no
Self/Advocate/Family no
Other professional eg Social Care/Case Manager no

How are services paid for?

yes Publicly funded - free at point of access
Regularly Sometimes Never
NHS yesnono
Social Care Services nonoyes
Jointly funded by NHS & Social Care Services nonoyes

Typical duration that a service is offered

No Data

This Service was mapped by Eastern Region ABI. See HERE for more information

Services available are defined by the following EHIG Rehabilitation Codes

For an explanation of the codings please click here


[Code 20]
Patient description
Medically unstable – requires general but not neurosurgical critical care.

Major Trauma Centre/ Trauma Unit/Acute Hospital

Description of rehabilitation input
Identifying and addressing early rehab goals before medically stable and transfer of care to rehab team


[Code 40]
Patient description
Needs in-patient care due to physical dependency, or the need for specialist therapy equipment, a safe environment, supervision, or intensity of therapy, in a unit with the expertise and experience in rehabilitation of a condition (Level 1)which cannot be provided in a local specialist centre or in the community (Level 2) which cannot be provided in the community.

Level 1: Regional specialized centre Level 2: Local specialist centre, Acute or community hospital

Description of rehabilitation input
Needs inpatient care due to physical dependency, or need for specialist therapy equipment, safe environment, supervision or intensity of therapy which cannot be provided in community

This service is defined by the NMDS (National Minimum Data Set) codes as:

For an explanation of the NMDS, please click here

Level 3B (local non-specialist rehabilitation services): Treat patients with Category D needs and can be led by non-medical staff

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