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The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust operates The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, the Herts and Essex Hospital in Bishop's Stortford, and St Margaret's Hospital in Epping, offering a full range of general acute, outpatient, and diagnostic services. The trust employs 3,700 people and serves a community of approximately 350,000 people in west Essex and east Hertfordshire, centred on the M11 corridor and the towns of Harlow, Bishop's Stortford, and Epping. Our extended catchment area includes the Hertfordshire towns of Hoddesdon, Cheshunt, and Broxbourne and has a population of up to 500,000 people.

The Government announced in October 2019 that the trust would receive funding to rebuild a new hospital in Harlow for its patients, community, and people.


Harlow is a town and local government district in the English county of Essex. Harlow was founded as a new town on the border between Hertfordshire and London. It occupies a large area of land on the south bank of the upper Stort Valley, which has been made navigable through other towns and features a canal section near its watermill. Old Harlow is a historic village founded in the early mediaeval period, and the majority of its high street buildings are early Victorian and residential, most of which are protected by one of the district's Conservation Areas. Harlowbury, a de-settled monastic area in Old Harlow, contains the remains of a chapel, a scheduled ancient monument.


Harlow has seven state-supported secondary schools: 

  • Stewards Academy 

  • Mark Hall Academy 

  • St Mark's West Essex Catholic School

  • Burnt Mill Academy

  • Passmores Academy 

  • Sir Frederick Gibberd College

  • BMAT STEM Academy

St. Nicholas School is an independent school in town, while Harlow College offers sixth form and further education, as do St Mark's West Essex Catholic School and BMAT STEM Academy. 


Brays Grove Community School and Specialist Arts College closed in June 2008 as a result of declining student enrollment over a number of years. Following the closure of the school, the site was demolished and redeveloped into a £23 million state-of-the-art Academy, to which Passmores School and Technology College relocated in September 2011, becoming Passmores Academy. 

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Rail: Harlow is served by two railway stations: Harlow Town and Harlow Mill, both of which have trains to London Liverpool Street and Cambridge. There is also a bus service to Epping tube station on the Central Line of the London Underground.

Road: Harlow is accessible via Junction 7 of the M11 motorway, which runs from London to Cambridge, and is close to Stansted Airport, the A120, and the orbital M25 motorway.

Air: Bishop's Stortford is the nearest large town to London Stansted Airport, though Harlow is only 10 miles away and thus provides several hundred airport employees. Following the 2010 General Election, the airport operator withdrew a planning application for a second runway, which was opposed by all major political parties.

Bus: Harlow has a large bus network and serves as a regional hub for the surrounding area, with operators such as Arriva (Herts and Essex) and Central Connect. In addition to the main routes from Harlow to Stansted Airport, there are connections to many other nearby towns and villages, including Chelmsford, Epping, and Bishop's Stortford. The Arriva 724 bus runs between Harlow and Heathrow Airport via Hertford and Watford in Hertfordshire and Essex.



The CQC found the staff to be exceptionally caring, going above and beyond for their patients, and remarking that the main hospital site has a good community feel to it. 


There is a popular on-site nursery as well as a variety of employee benefits such as an excellent NHS pension scheme, a preferential car leasing scheme, and a minimum of 27 days paid vacation per year. We also assist new employees in finding suitable housing.


Employee Discount 

Working for the NHS entitles you to a variety of discounts on the high street and online. When you join the team, we'll send you information on how to sign up and save money.


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