West Watford History Group

History of West Watford

Shrodell's psychiatric unit

In 1972 the Shrodell's Psychiatric Unit was established and was one of the first of its kind. On opening it had 40 beds. The building is run and owned by Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPUFT), who have recently opened a new Mental Health Unit at Colne House, as this old building was unfit for purpose.

Since the new year, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust (WHHT) have been working hard to convert the old Shrodell's Psychiatric Unit into a new 24-bed Winter Pressure ward, and a 12-bed holding ward. This has involved the complete gutting and refurbishing of the first floor. The fixing of the roof and general structural issues have been also been dealt with. They are currently still constructing a new covered thoroughfare linking it to the main buildings. Since the building is owned by HPUFT, WHHT are leasing the building, 

On 9th January 2015, the new ward was kitted out with all of the medical consumables, while the rest of the Supplies Team went in on the Saturday to unpack the bed lockers and other furniture. Each of the other departments were working around the clock over the weekend to ensure that the new ward would be ready to open on the Monday morning.

At 08:30, on Monday 12th, Tudor Ward opened and everything seems to have gone without too many problems.

Below is the foundation stone, in the foyer of the Shrodell's building.

 

Information and photo courtesy of Daryl Morrissey