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GENEROUS OFFER: Watford FC offer Vicarage Road facilities to hospital during pandemic

 Published on: 25th March 2020   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Watford FC

The Hornets are offering all its facilities to Watford General Hospital during the coronavirus pandemic.

Vicarage Road is just a minute away from the town’s hospital and the club is offering facilities for the exclusive use of West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

In a statement the chairman and CEO Scott Duxbury said: “We need to forget football right now and concentrate on doing all we can to support the NHS and Watford General Hospital.

“Our proximity as a football club next door to a hospital puts us in a great position to offer help and we’re keen to do whatever we possibly can to support NHS staff and their families.”

The club said there is easy access straight into the hospital site from Vicarage Road Stadium’s Graham Taylor Stand.

They are preparing to hold NHS staff induction courses and provide urgent meeting spaces, warehousing needs, childcare facilities as the coronavirus outbreak puts strain on all those working within the healthcare industry.

Christine Allen, chief executive of West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Right now, we are doing all we can to make sure we can focus on caring for our sickest patients. 

“We have found ourselves needing extra space very quickly. For example, we are running refresher training to our clinical staff so that they can care for patients with breathing difficulties.

“And we also need more space so that we can stick to important guidance about social distancing for our staff induction sessions and for key meetings when we need our senior leadership teams around the table.

“The club’s support is helping us to run our organisation safely and we are very grateful for their support at this challenging time.”

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