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Health Centres & Hospitals

The main hospitals in our area are run by West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust. There are three hospitals:

Watford General Hospital

Vicarage Road, Watford, WD18 0HB
Telephone: 01923 244366

This is the main hospital. It has an accident and emergency department as well as specialist facilities such as intensive care and a stroke unit. It also provides planned surgical care for higher risk patients together with a full range of outpatient and diagnostic services. The hospital also provides women’s and children’s services including maternity and neonatal care. There are approximately 600 beds and nine operating theatres.

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St Albans City Hospital

Waverley Road, St Albans, AL3 5PN
Telephone: 01727 866122

This is a dedicated centre for elective surgery for low risk and day patients with supporting outpatient and diagnostic services. It also has a breast care unit. The hospital has 40 beds, six operating theatres and a Minor Injuries Unit.

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Hemel Hempstead Hospital

Hillfield Road, Hemel Hempstead HP2 4AD
Telephone: 01442 213141

Hemel Hempstead Hospital offers a range of local healthcare facilities such as diagnostic services, including MRI and pathology, as well as an outpatient service. There are 12 stroke rehabilitation beds and Hertfordshire Community Trust also operates intermediate care beds on site. There is also an urgent care centre (open from 8am to 10pm) and a GP extended access hub on the site.

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For more information about these hospitals, including travelling and parking information, go to the West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust website.

Where do I go for urgent or emergency care?

In west Hertfordshire there are a number of services to help you if you or your family have a sudden serious health problem or an accident and need help or care fast.

Where you go depends on whether or not you have an issue that is life-threatening

Emergency – call 999

Urgent – call 111

Risk to life or limb

Immediate attention but no threat to life or limb

  • Severe chest pain
  • Suspected heart attack
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Severe bleeding
  • A serious head injury
  • Suspected stroke including paralysis
  • Sprains, strains and muscular, back or joint pain
  • Fractures or broken bones
  • Cuts, wounds, bites and stings
  • Minor burns and scalds
  • Minor head and eye injuries
  • Objects stuck in ears and noses
  • Skin complaints
  • Minor illnesses

Urgent care

If you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation there are a range of services you can use.

  • You can call NHS 111 [hyperlink to NHS111 page], the free non-emergency number, 24 hours a day, every day. This service will give you advice or direct you to the best local service to treat you.  
  • Local pharmacists offer free, confidential health advice and can give you the medicines or creams you need to treat yourself at home for many common illnesses or complaints
  • Call your GP about non-emergency illnesses which you can’t treat yourself
  • Outside of surgery hours you can get help from an out-of-hours GP by calling 111 or calling your GP surgery number and being redirected to the out-of-hours service. This operates from 6.30pm to 8am on weekdays, and all day at weekends and on bank holidays.
  • Walk-in centres [hyperlink to walk-in centres page] such as the Urgent Treatment Centre at Hemel Hempstead Hospital or the Minor Injuries Unit at St Albans Hospital.

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NHS 111

NHS 111

Walk-in urgent care services

Walk-in urgent care services

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