Saturday 26 December 2015

How health services are organised in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

This post will be of interest to very few people, as it is purely factual. I just wanted to get my head around how NHS services and parliamentary constituencies are organised in the county in which I live (Herts) and the county immediately north of us (Beds) and to post it for future reference. So if the subject doesn't interest you then feel free to invest your time elsewhere. If it does then it may be worth a scan. I'll add more links later.

The combined population of Beds and Herts (Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire) is 1,671,000 - 617,000 in Beds and 1,154,000 in Herts. Seven NHS Trusts and four CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) serve this population.

Beds has two NHS Trusts – Bedford and Luton & Dunstable – and two CCGs - Bedfordshire and Luton.

Herts has four NHS Trusts – East and North Herts, West Herts, Herts Community and Herts Partnership – and two CCGs – East and North Herts and Herts valley.

One trust – The East of England Ambulance service – covers both counties.

The area also includes 17 parliamentary constituencies – 11 in Herts and 6 in Beds. Of these 15 MPs are Conservative and two are Labour, those in North and South Luton.

More detail is given below.


Hertfordshire (Herts) is a county in southern England, bordered by Bedfordshire to the north, Cambridgeshire to the north-east, Essex to the east, Buckinghamshire to the west and Greater London to the south.

Four towns have between 50,000 and 100,000 residents: Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, Watford and St Albans. 

Ten railway lines and three motorways pass through or reach into the county. In 2014, the county had a population of 1,154,000 living in an area of 634 square miles (1,640 km2). 

Health facilities (4 trusts, 2 CCGs)

The Trust manages four hospitals: Hertford County (Hertford), the Lister (Stevenage), Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (Northwood) and the QEII (Welwyn Garden City).

The Trust manages three hospitals: Watford, Hemel Hempstead and St Albans. It provides general healthcare and some specialist services and has close links with specialist hospitals such as Harefield.

The Trust is one of a new generation of community health service Trusts in the NHS. It is responsible for delivering a wide range of community health services across Hertfordshire and serves the communities of Broxbourne, Dacorum, West Herts, Hertsmere, North Herts, St Albans, Stevenage, Three Rivers and Welywn/Hatfield. It also provides children's specialist community services in West Essex.

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) provides mental health and social care services for adults of working age, older adults, children and adolescents and specialist learning disabilities services. It also provides specialist learning disability services in Norfolk and North Essex.

Covers both Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire

Hertfordshire Parliamentary constituencies (11)

1. Broxbourne – Charles Walker (Conservative)
2. Hemel Hempstead – Mike Penning (Conservative)
3. Hertford and Stortford – Mark Prisk (Conservative)
4. Hertsmere – Oliver Dowden (Conservative)
5. Hitchin and Harpenden – Peter Lilley (Conservative)
6. Hertfordshire North East – Oliver Heald (Conservative)
7. Hertfordshire South West – David Gauke (Conservative)
8. St Albans – Anne Main (Conservative)
9. Stevenage - Stephen McPartland (Conservative)
10.Watford – Richard Harrington (Conservative)
11.Welwyn Hatfield – Grant Shapps (Conservative)


Bedfordshire (Beds) is a county in the East of England. It is a ceremonial county and a historic county, but not an administrative county, as it is divided into three unitary authorities: Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, and Luton.

Bedfordshire is bordered by Cambridgeshire to the northeast, Northamptonshire to the north, Buckinghamshire to the west and Hertfordshire to the southeast; it is sometimes described as being in the South Midlands.

Over half the population of the county lives in the two largest built-up areas: Luton (236,000) and the county town, Bedford (102,000). In 2014, the county had a population of 617,000 living in an area of 477 square miles (1,235 km2).

Health facilities (3 Trusts, 2 CCGs)

The Trust manages two hospitals: – Luton and Dunstable Hospital and Harpenden Memorial Hospital

Covers both Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire Parliamentary constituencies (6)

1. Bedford - Richard Fuller (Conservative)
2. Luton North – Kelvin Hopkins (Labour)
3. Luton South – Gavin Shuker (Labour)
4. Mid Bedfordshire -  Nadine Dorries (Conservative)
5. North East Bedfordshire – Alistair Burt  (Conservative)
6. South West Bedfordshire – Andrew Selous  (Conservative)

Now what am I going to do with all this information? I'm not quite sure yet but I'm sure it will come in handy. I'll keep you posted,

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