Watford General Hospital has suspended its minor injuries service for the second time in a week.
A statement from West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust says the hospital’s Accident & Emergency department is experiencing an ‘extremely unprecedented surge of very sick patients’.
The decision has been taken to ensure the hospital’s emergency care team are able to treat patients who are seriously unwell.
All patients arriving at A&E will be seen by a clinician, but if it is judged that their condition is not serious, they will be advised where else to receive treatment.
Children’s services are unaffected.
Patients with non-life threatening ailments can either visit the Urgent Care Centre at Hemel Hempstead Hospital, which is open 24/7, or the Minor Injuries Unit at St Albans Hospital, which is open from 9am to 8pm.
Patients from the Pinner and Northwood area can visit the Minor Injuries Unit at Mount Vernon Hospital, which is open from 9am to 8pm.
Patients are also encouraged to consider consulting their GP, their local pharmacy or ring NHS 111 for advice.
In the statement, the trust added: “We will reassess the situation throughout the night and will aim to reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.
“We apologise for any inconvenience. Patients who have paid for parking will be refunded and claims can be made using forms available from our A&E.”
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