Chose Wisely. Is A&E the right service for your healthcare needs?
WHAT TO DO WHEN THE SURGERY IS CLOSED
Each time a patient attends Accident and Emergency it costs at least £60
Please consider whether another service would be more appropriate.
Attending the Accident and Emergency Department is not always the most appropriate or quickest way of receiving medical attention when the surgery is closed. Below is a list of services available in this area, when to use them and how to access them. We would suggest that you read the leaflet now and keep it for when you next feel you may need to attend the Accident and Emergency Department.
Please put the OUT OF HOURS SERVICE telephone number in your mobile phone
calls are free to this service
Hangover, grazed knee, sore throat,cough
A lot of illnesses can be treated in your home using over the counter medicine and getting plenty of rest
Unwell, unsure, confused, need help?
Call NHS Direct 08454647. You will speak to a trained healthcare professional
Diarrhoea, vomiting, runny nose, painful cough, headache
Your local pharmacy can give you advice
Ear pain, sore tummy, back ache
If the surgery is closed please ring Herts Urgent Care – 111
Burns, scalds, bites, stings, cuts, strains, sprains
Minor Injury Unit, Walk In Centre
No appointment required
St Albans Hospital – 9am-8pm 01727 897 182
Hemel Hospital– 8am-8pm 03000 33 22 33
Mount Vernon Hospital 9am-9pm 01923 844201
Choking,chest pain, blacking out, blood loss
A & E or 999