About Raise: West Herts Hospitals Charity

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Raise: Dedicated to supporting patient care in Watford General, Hemel Hempstead and St Albans City Hospitals

We are the only registered charity dedicated to supporting patient care across West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. We believe that every patient deserves the highest quality care possible, whether it’s support through a pregnancy, care in an emergency, treatment for a long term illness, or kindness in final days.

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, staff in our three hospitals can provide a level of patient care beyond that which would be possible with NHS funding alone. Charitable donations help fund the latest technology, environmental enhancements, staff development and extra comforts that make such a difference to patients, day after day.

Alex Newland-Smith, chief respiratory physiologist, with the TOSCA equipment which helps patients breathe more easily

Patients and families – Supporting patients is at the core of our work, providing funding for specialist services, equipment and comforts that complement existing NHS-funded services

The latest technology – Medical equipment evolves at a speed with which the NHS cannot keep pace, and charitable funding can help to ensure that patients receive the best care possible, using the latest technologies.

Healing spaces – Calm and well-structured surroundings can reduce stress during a visit to hospital, aid recovery and enhance wellbeing and safety, so we raise funds for indoor and outdoor environmental enhancements.

Developing staff – We support initiatives which enable staff to develop their skills and expand their knowledge so they can provide even better care. Charitable funds also support staff wellbeing by providing initiatives to help them relax and take care of themselves, such as fitness classes and wellbeing spaces.

Our annual reports and newsletters

Our recent reports and newsletters are downloadable from the links below.

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NHS Charities Together

We are members of NHS Charities Together – a network of over 230 NHS charities across the UK, providing the extra support needed to care for NHS patients, families, staff and communities.

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