Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

All wards closed

We’re really sorry that we are not currently allowing visitors in our hospitals. This has been a difficult decision to make but we no longer feel we can prevent the risk of spreading the infection if we continue to allow visitors to our hospitals.

Visitors will only be considered in exceptional circumstances, including:

  • for a patient at end of life
  • one regular carer for a patient with additional needs, such as a patient with dementia
  • one parent/guardian for a child
  • one birth partner

Any visitors who are allowed must:

  • not come to the hospital if you are feeling unwell, including cold or flu symptoms
  • wash or gel your hands as soon as you enter a ward or unit
  • follow the additional measures that will be requested by our staff if you are visiting a patient with an infection.

Finding help

For general government advice about coronavirus, across a range of topics and scenarios, please click here.

There are also some EasyRead leaflets here: If you need to know more about adult social care then click here.

Minor Injuries Unit at Mount Vernon Hospital

The Minor Injuries Unit at Mount Vernon Hospital is temporarily closed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This is similar to most GP practices in North West London, which are all minimising face-to-face consultations. The NHS in North West London is clear that in these very challenging times it is essential that our health services can be as flexible as possible to provide safe and effective care to patients, whilst protecting vital frontline staff.

In line with all current requirements, if you think you may have the symptoms of Covid-19, please do not come to hospital or attend your GP. Stay at home and visit the NHS111 website for advice.

Finding help

Do not attend A&E, Urgent Care or Walk-in centres, or your GP

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

Go to NHS symptom checker

Covid-19 infection and pregnancy

Click here for our up-to-date information for pregnant women and their families.

Homebirth Services

Following a review of our homebirth services and it's temporary suspension due to the Covid 19 pandemic, we are now able to restart the provision of this service. Due to the current concerns regarding the virus and the impact on the NHS workforce, there still may be times that homebirth cannot be offered.

All women/families will be assessed at the time of delivery for risks or presence of Covid-19 in the home environment and an individual plan will be implemented, which may require admission to hospital if Covid-19 is suspected, at all times we aim for safety for mother, baby and our staff.

All women booked with our homebirth team will be informed of the reestablishment of this service by their midwife. We thank you for your cooperation during these challenging and unique times. 


Contact the press office

For press enquiries, please email
Out-of-hours enquiries will be picked up by the on-call team member

Please note, that the cancer services at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre are run by East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust. Any press enquiries regarding these services should be directed to 01438 314 333 and you will be directed to the press officer on call.