Hospital’s A&E lifts ‘minor ailments’ restriction

Watford General Hospital.
Watford General Hospital.

Watford General Hospital’s A&E department has resumed the admission of patients with ‘minor ailments’ after yesterday’s lockdown – but the hospital remains ‘extremely busy’.

In a statement on their website, a spokesman for the West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We have resumed treating adults with minor ailments at Watford Hospital but the adults’ Accident & Emergency department remains extremely busy.

“Children’s and maternity services remain unaffected.”

The trust went on to say they encourage all adult patients ‘whose conditions are not likely to be life-threatening’ to consider visiting the 24/7 Urgent Care Centre in Hemel Hempstead or the Minor Injuries Unit at St Albans Hospital, which is open from 9am to 9pm.

Patients from the Pinner and Northwood area can visit the Minor Injuries Unit at Mount Vernon Hospital, which is open between 9am and 8pm.

Other options are consulting the local pharmacy, seeing your GP or calling NHS 111 for advice.