West Hertfordshire Hospital NHS Trust has achieved ‘teaching hospital’ status and is now legally called West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
Running Watford General Hospital, which serves many Hertsmere residents, as well as St Albans City and Hemel Hempstead hospitals, the Trust trains medical students from University College London (UCL) and St George’s University, Grenada, as well as working with the universities of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire to train and educate a wide range of nursing and allied healthcare professionals.
Oliver wrote in support of the Trust’s application for teaching hospital status earlier this year and has welcomed the news that this has been awarded.
Oliver said: 'I am delighted to hear that the hard work of all those at West Hertfordshire Hospital NHS Trust has paid off and the Trust has achieved teaching hospital status.
Having worked closely with the Trust as MP for Hertsmere, I know how important its services are to the local community, with my constituents particularly benefitting from Watford General Hospital and its services.
The Trust has worked tirelessly to train the next generation of healthcare professionals over recent years. I look forward to seeing this excellent work continue following this well-deserved achievement.'