Which one will it be?

PUBLISHED: 13:14 16 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:09 26 October 2009

Mount Plesant Lane

Mount Plesant Lane

THE preferred location of a new hospital for Times Territory is set to be revealed today. Health officials met on Friday to discuss where to site the new local general hospital which will replace the QE2 when it is downgraded in 2010. An original list of

THE preferred location of a new hospital for Times Territory is set to be revealed today.

Health officials met on Friday to discuss where to site the new local general hospital which will replace the QE2 when it is downgraded in 2010.

An original list of 14 'candidate sites' was whittled down to three by Hertfordshire Primary Care Trusts.

They are the current QE2 Hospital in WGC, land on Hatfield Business Park - near where the original super-hospital was planned - and the Herts County Council depot, in Mount Pleasant Lane, Hatfield.

However, one of the three was seemingly dismissed at Friday's meeting.

Simon Scarisbrick said: "The council depot site is allocated for housing, so there could be planning problems.

"The Secretary of State could call it in and it could take 12 months for it to be approved.

"This could be an expensive site and it the least likely out of the three."

Held at Gosling Sports Park in WGC, the event brought together GPs, clinical and managerial staff from the PCT and NHS trust, members of the Hospital SOS Taskforce, councillors, community and patient representatives.

All discussed the options available for the new health campus and could get answers to questions from field experts.

The audience then divided into four groups and gave marks out of 10 for each of the site's criteria. These included:

* Accessibility

* Adjacency to other services

* Visibility

* Deliverability

* Site suitability

* Construction issues

But it was decided by audience members that the weighting of the criteria, site visibility and construction issues, were not important, so these two were removed.

Today's announcement will not finalise the process, though.

Whichever one is chosen will have to go through a financial appraisal to confirm it will be the definite location.

* Keep an eye on www.whtimes24.co.uk today for the latest on the decision.


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