Following today’s closure of Watford General Hospital for all patients apart from women giving birth, Watford’s Mayor has demanded that urgent action is taken to upgrade the hospital’s oxygen equipment.
Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “Our NHS staff are working incredibly hard to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. They must have the right equipment to win this battle. It is shocking that we have reached the stage were Watford General has had to close because their oxygen equipment is not good enough.
“This must be fixed urgently and Watford General’s oxygen system must be upgraded now. The government must fix this so that our NHS hospital is able to save lives as this very difficult time.”
This comes after a statement was released from the hospital, it read: “As a result of a technical issue with our individual hospital’s oxygen equipment, which does not pose any risk to our patients, West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust declared a critical incident on Saturday, April 4 and has asked that people do not attend Watford General Hospital.
“A small number of patients are being transferred to other hospitals in the area, with each patient being fully assessed in line with existing safety guidelines before they are moved.”