Lister hospital under extreme pressure – please keep A&E free for genuine emergencies


The Lister hospital in Stevenage is under extreme pressure, due to the number of very sick patients needing to be admitted.

Emergency department doctors are asking 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 – 

The East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust is working very closely with its colleagues in community and social care to do everything possible to ensure patients attending the Lister get the care they need.  At the same time, they are making sure that those who are well enough can be discharged home or on to the next stage in their care.

The East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust is working very closely with its colleagues in community and social care to do everything possible to ensure patients attending the Lister get the care they need.  At the same time, they are making sure that those who are well enough can be discharged home or on to the next stage in their care.

Across the country, the NHS is under extreme pressure.  The Trust is prioritising the welfare of the very sickest patients who need immediate life-saving care, and have brought in all available additional staff to help, in line with locally agreed winter plans.  Anyone coming to the Lister’s emergency department with a minor illness or injury is very likely to face a very long wait.  Please use alternative services and keep A&E for those who are gravely ill or injured. 

The release is jointly issued by East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust and East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group. 

New Leaf 'Five Ways to Wellbeing' Course

Our ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ course runs in Stevenage in the evenings starting 26th April. Book your FREE space now before all the spaces are taken!

Five Ways to Wellbeing - The Healthy Hub, Lytton Way, Stevenage

Mental health should be everyone's business and this course gives practical ideas of how to connect with others; keep learning; take notice and give back. The course helps build on the things you already do and learn new skills. 

This course encourages you to plan ahead and take control of the ups and downs of daily living. 

The course runs in four parts:

26th April
3rd May
10th May
17th May

It will run from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

To book on this course or any of the FREE courses call 01442 864966 or visit

150 older people needed for new wellbeing programme

Dear Service User,

Can you help us recruit 150 older people from North Herts and Stevenage to participate in an activity-based programme aimed at improving mobility and wellbeing?


Called Positive Movement, the programme combines the essence of Yoga with the principles of Alexander Technique – and is derived from a well-researched American-originated method called ‘Adaptive Yoga’  developed for people whose reduced mobility and flexibility will not allow them to participate in regular Yoga sessions.


Classes are to be held in Stevenage, Hitchin, Letchworth, Baldock, Royston and villages – a total of 15 sessions each week.


The programme is open to:

o   Older people

o   People with mobility problems

o   People living with chronic illness


Thanks to funding from Herts County Council, the cost to participants will be a nominal £2.50 per session.  Classes will consist of 1 hour of activity + ½ hour socialising over tea and biscuits.


Please can you fan this to your own contacts and help ensure that as many older people in our community as possible hear about this programme.


We have attached a flyer, but could produce hard copies should you need them.


Best wishes


Jaqui and the Positive Movement Team

Download the flyer here.


Download the smaller flyers here.

Hertfordshire NightLight

A countywide Out of Hours Crisis Service

In a crisis and need someone to talk to? Herts NightLight can provide late night support in a safe place during your time of crisis. Two of our centres, Hemel Hempstead and Stevenage, can also provide beds if an overnight stay will help. You can either refer yourself or be referred by a professional, family member or friend. You can also speak to us by calling our helpline where our dedicated team of crisis support workers and peer mentors will be on hand to listen and provide support.

As of Friday 5th June we will be open in two locations within the county. The first two bases that are opening are in Stevenage in the East of the county and Watford in the West of the county. These two service will be open from 6pm until 2am on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday each week. As more staff are recruited to the team and complete their initial training we will be able to open the Hemel Hempstead and Ware centres as well.

The NightLight phone number is 01923 256391. This number will be used for referrals and for the helpline element of the service. Please see the attached PDF’s for the marketing content that will be distributed within the county during this week, the telephones will be live by 5th June first night of operation.

Provider Engagement Event - Learning Disability‏

Hertfordshire County Council is looking at new ways of creating person-centred day services.  These will take account of current and future need in Stevenage and St Albans for people living with Learning and/or Physical disabilities.

We are currently assessing all those attending in house day services for Stevenage and St Albans for adults with Learning disabilities and physical disabilities.  We are also gathering data from transition teams and colleges on future need.

Once we have gathered this data we will create a service specification that takes account of the diversity of need. As a provider of social care services we would like to invite you to one of our provider engagement events to discuss these opportunities further.

Dates are:

Thursday 4th June at Fowden Hall, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Herts for St Albans Learning Disabilities day services.

Tuesday 9th June at Cromwell Suite, Cromwell Hotel, Old Stevenage, Herts for Stevenage Learning Disability and Physical Disability day services.

 You can express an interest in this opportunity and confirm your attendance at either one of these events by logging onto/or registering with Supply Hertfordshire.

Once you have logged in and found this opportunity, please click correspondence and send details of the following:

  • the names of those attending
  • which organisation you are from
  • whether you have any additional requirements (e.g. disabled access/vegetarian)

Your booking will be confirmed shortly afterwards.

Please note that there will be a maximum of 2 attendees per organisation permitted and no guarantee of attendance if you do not book.

Kind regards,

Sent on behalf of Gemma Brace – Integrated Community Support Team