NHS trust's boss 'expects' hospital services will remain in St Albans (From St Albans & Harpenden Review)
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West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust's boss, Samantha Jones, 'expects' hospital services will remain in St Albans
The chief executive of the health trust in charge of St Albans City Hospital has said she "expects" health services will be retained in the city after a forthcoming shake-up.
Samantha Jones said health executives were currently looking at the provision of health care across its three sites ahead of the Watford Health Campus project.
She stressed no decisions had been made but that any changes would be subject to consultation with the public.
Ms Samantha Jones, Chief Executive said: "As a trust, we are committed to providing the people of St Albans, Watford, Hemel Hempstead and surrounding areas with the best possible care in a safe and welcoming environment. We must also ensure that our services are provided in a way which is both clinically and financially sustainable for the longer term.
"It is important to remember that absolutely no decisions have been made at this stage and that plans to change services at any of our hospitals would be subject to appropriate public engagement and consultation.
"Whilst not wanting to prejudge our decision-making, our patients, local people and staff can be assured that we would expect to see healthcare services being delivered from all three sites. Critically, this will be a partnership approach, working closely with our local GPs, as well as social care and community care partners."
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust currently runs three hospitals in Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead.
The trust is currently drawing up a clinical strategy in light of a planned redevelopment of Watford General Hospital as part of the health campus.
The strategy is set to be released to the public in the autumn.
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