More about Accident and Emergency

Emergency Medicine

About the Service / Department

Your Options in an Emergency

The Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group website has information to help you choose whether the Emergency Department is the appropriate place to come. If you are not sure, you can phone your GP, who will have out-of-hours telephone services or call NHS 111.

Accident and Emergency

The Accident and Emergency department at Watford General Hospital assesses and treats people with serious injuries and those in need of emergency treatment. It is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

The emergency department is sometimes referred to as casualty, accident and emergency or A&E.

If you're injured or seriously ill, you should go, or be taken, to the emergency department. If an ambulance is needed you can call 999, the emergency phone number in England.

For less serious conditions you may be seen by an Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP)

Generally you should go to the emergency department only in emergencies such as loss of consciousness, a very serious state of confusion, persistent severe chest pain or breathing difficulties.

Children are seen in a separate area known as the CED (Children's Emergency Department)

Urgent Care Centre and Minor Injuries Unit

It may be more appropriate to visit our Urgent Care Centre at Hemel Hempstead Hospital or our Minor injuries unit at St Albans City Hospital - see details below. Click on the blue cross to expand.

Emergency Department, Urgent Care and Minor Injuries Centres at Our Hospitals

Show DivAccident and Emergency at Watford General Hospital


Level 1, PMOK Block
Watford General Hospital
Vicarage Road
WD18 0HB

Contact Details

For enquires, please call the Accident and Emergency reception desk: 01923 217758 or 01923 217759.

For the Clinical Decision Unit, please call: 01923 217482 or 01923 217547

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Show DivUrgent Care Centre at Hemel Hempstead Hospital


Ground Floor, Jubilee Wing
Hemel Hempstead Hospital Hillfield Road
Hemel Hempstead

Contact Details

Phone: 01442 287452

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Show DivMinor Injuries Unit at St Albans City Hospital


St Albans City Hospital
Waverley Road
St Albans
Open 9am – 8pm, every day
X-rays available 9am–5pm, Monday to Friday

Contact Details

Phone: 01727 897182 or 01727 897694

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