Campaigning for improved local medical facilities and hospitals serving Bushey/ Radlett remains one of my top priorities. Having worked closely with the local NHS as MP for Hertsmere, I know how important its services and improving its services are to the local community.
Last month I visited Watford General Hospital to receive an update on their redevelopment plans, as part of the government’s biggest hospital building programme in a generation.
It was great to speak to hospital staff about the progress of the redevelopment, a timeline of completion and see a model of what the site will look like. Watford General is being redeveloped as part of the government’s plan to build 40 new hospitals by 2030, backed by £3.7 billion of funding from the government.
The site will provide much needed services for our community in one place locally. It will also be crucial in delivering state-of-the-art facilities that they deserve.
While I was at Watford General, it was also fantastic to see first-hand the innovative robotic programme in the Robotics Department. I was able to try out one of the robotic machines myself, practicing on a trainer simulator.
This game changing equipment enables surgeons to carry out robotic-assisted surgeries on patients suffering from colorectal, gynaecological and urology issues.
Not only does this innovate machinery reduce post-operative pain, but also increase recovery time, leading to earlier discharge from hospital. A real success.
I will continue to work with local and national governments to ensure we have the infrastructure in place to serve our growing community.