Press Releases

Review of the future of services at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre

Friday, October 4th, 2019

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust warmly welcomed the review from the Clinical Advisory Panel in July, and its recommendations for the future of the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre.

Trust CEO, Nick Carver said: “As a long serving provider of specialist cancer services, we know that patients, their carers and families, deserve no less than the most modern oncology care, comprehensive medical and surgical support services, including ITU. That’s why we warmly welcome the recommendations contained in the review”.

The overall aim of the independent clinical review, led by NHS England, was to ensure specialist cancer services will improve and continue for the local populations. The review builds on the excellent reputation, research and patient experience the Mount Vernon cancer service already delivers.

The review contains a number of recommendations for the short-term and two clear options for the long-term future of the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, including the recommendation that accountability and ownership of the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre services be transferred to a current, London based tertiary cancer provider. The trust welcomes that and is committed to working collaboratively with such a provider.

Nick Carver went on to say: “Patient safety and confidence is paramount for the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre and remains the trust’s key priority in planning for the future.

“This review quite rightly recognises the commitment of our staff to their patients; and that they continue to provide the best quality care possible for patients. We will do our very best to support our staff as this transition progresses. In addition the panel noted that feedback from patients has been consistently positive over a long period of time.”

Throughout this process and any transition period the trust will work closely with all parties to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients, carers and families and staff.

Trust wins gold as Armed Forces employer

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Above: Chief executive Nick Carver (third from right)
with members of the trust’s armed forces community

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust has been recognised as a top employer for people who have served in the armed forces, and those who are reservists.

The trust is the only NHS organisation in Hertfordshire to achieve the highest Gold Award status from the Ministry of Defence, under the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

The award is given to those employers who demonstrate exemplar support to the armed forces community – including flexible working, paid leave for reservists and a guaranteed interview scheme for ex-forces personnel who meet essential criteria for a role.

Nick Carver, chief executive at the trust, said: “We are incredibly proud of our staff that have come from the armed forces, and those currently serving as reservists. “As a large local employer, we recognise the importance of supporting our armed forces community – we believe that we have a moral duty to support those who defend our nation, but we also believe their skills and experience make a unique and valuable contribution to our trust, and to the care we give our patients.

“I’m really pleased that our work to support our defence staff has been recognised with this prestigious Gold Award.”

Palmer Winstanley, divisional director for planned care at the trust and a Major in the Army Reserve, said: “The trust does a lot to support veterans, reservists and forces family members – including advice around career transition, guaranteed interviews, flexible working and recognition of how your skills can benefit patients. I feel my experience is really valued here.”

Trust wins Top Hospital Award

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust has been named one of the best in the country for quality of care and patient safety.

The Trust picked up the Top Hospitals Awards 2019 based on its excellent performance compared with trusts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Trust’s Martin Armstrong (centre) and Michael Chilvers (right) celebrate the Top Hospital Awards 2019 with Ben Riley from CHKS

The Award, from healthcare improvement specialists CHKS, is based on data tracked by NHS Digital in areas such as safety, clinical effectiveness and health outcomes.

Michael Chilvers, Medical Director at the Trust, said: “This is an award for every member of staff at the Trust who works so hard every day to ensure the best quality care for each patient.

“It is a great achievement and reflects the unwavering commitment and dedication of everyone involved.”

The CHKS Top Hospitals awards were held in London and hosted by ITV News medical correspondent Sue Saville.

Co-operative Childcare Watford South raise over £1,000 for Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre

Friday, July 19th, 2019

Co-operative Childcare Watford South raised £1,014.90 in support of the Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre, funded by the East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals’ Charity.

The nursery staff and children rode 965 miles between 8th – 12th July, raising funds to help the Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre provide complementary therapies and information and support services to thousands of cancer patients and their families at any stage of their treatment.

Nursery staff and children from Co-operative Childcare Watford South

13 nursery staff took it in turns to ride in 30 minute shifts from 8:30 – 5:30 on a static exercise bike, whilst the children rode up and down the playground on their small bikes, altogether completing the equivalent of Land’s End to John O’Groats in just five days. Even after this mammoth effort the children and staff have even more fundraising activity planned for the rest of the year!

Rachael Perry, Deputy Manager at Co-operative Childcare Watford South, said:

“We are proud to be supporting the Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre as a lot of our staff and families at the nursery have been affected by cancer in some way in their lives. We love the idea that there is somewhere to go near our community that offers people support and activities to help not just them but their families though what would be a very tough time. The Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre is a great place and we will continue to raise as much money as we can to help support the centre run.”

To find out how you can support East and North Hertfordshire Hospital’s Charity visit the website at

Purple All Stars help raise sepsis awareness

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Hertfordshire’s Purple All Stars have recorded a song at the Lister to help educate people with learning disabilities about spotting the signs of sepsis.

Trust proud to support Armed Forces Community

Monday, February 11th, 2019

The Trust’s chief executive, Nick Carver, signed the Armed Forces Covenant at an event held at the Lister last week, which shows the Trust’s continuing support to the Armed Forces Community.

Experienced auditor joins Trust Board

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Hitchin resident Karen McConnell has joined the Trust as a non-executive director.

Urology consultant performs 500th robotic surgery

Friday, January 11th, 2019

Trust urology consultant Mr Nikhil Vasdev and his team performed his 500th robotic urology surgery in December. His 500 procedures have included robotic prostatectomies, bladder removals and kidney reconstructive surgeries – most of which were treatments for cancer.

Newly opened Lister MRI scanner funded by Hospital Charity

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

The Lister has a newly opened MRI scanner that will help improve patient experience. Costing £500,000, the scanner was funded by the East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals’ Charity and will help provide higher quality images for clinical teams. Scans will also be a lot quicker, reducing patient waiting times.

Ophthalmology gain Purple Star

Monday, December 17th, 2018

The Lister’s ophthalmology team is celebrating after being presented with the Purple Star Award. The Purple Star, awarded by the health liaison team at Hertfordshire County Council, was given for the improvements the ophthalmology team has made to make sure the service they provide for patients with learning disabilities is adjusted to suit their needs

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