Lister hospital is still very busy – please help us by keeping A&E free for genuine emergencies

The Lister hospital in Stevenage remains very busy, with the number of very sick patients needing to be admitted remaining high.

Emergency department doctors are continuing to ask people not to go to A&E unless it’s a life or limb-threatening emergency, or if they have been advised to go there by a healthcare professional.

People who have an urgent need for medical advice have three options:

  • ​Speak to a local pharmacist; many pharmacies have private consulting rooms
  • Call NHS 111 – a free 24/7 service accessible from any phone, where you can get advice over the phone from a range of clinicians
  • Consult the online NHS Choices website –