Watford FC offers stadium to NHS

Watford FC offers stadium to NHS

Watford FC offers stadium to NHS

Premier League Watford Football Club have offered the use of their stadium to the NHS in the fight against the Covid-19 outbreak.

The ground is set next to Watford General Hospital. With easy access straight into the hospital site from the Vicarage Road Stadium, senior NHS staff are currently co-ordinating their exact requirements.

Hornets’ Chairman & CEO Scott Duxbury said the club would do “whatever it takes” to support the health service:

“We need to forget football right now and concentrate on doing all we can to support the NHS and, in particular, 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.”

A West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust spokeswoman said that the trust had found itself needing “extra space very quickly” and was “very grateful for their support” during this challenging time:

“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.”

Potential uses could include NHS staff courses, urgent meeting spaces, warehousing needs and childcare facilities.


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