Watford offer NHS full use of Vicarage Road Stadium
Watford are the latest Premier League club to join the fight against the spread of the coronavirus.
The Hornets have offered use of their facilities at their Vicarage Road Stadium to the NHS.
ℹ️ We will be offering all of our stadium’s facilities for the exclusive use of @WestHertsNHS during the coronavirus pandemic.
Senior NHS staff are currently co-ordinating their exact requirements – with #watfordfc standing ready to act accordingly.
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— Watford Football Club #StayHomeSaveLives (@WatfordFC) March 24, 2020
Statement from CEO Scott Duxbury
Watford CEO Scott Duxbury posted the following statement on the club’s website:
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.
The UK Government’s message has been about doing ‘whatever it takes’. Likewise, we’ll do ‘whatever it takes’ here at Vicarage Road to offer our fullest support to the NHS and its people at a time when it’s clearly needed most.
Response from West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
The chief executive for the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Christine Allen, has reacted to Watford’s gesture, saying:
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.