Covid-19 - keeping yourself and others safe

Stay at home if you have Covid-19.

Stay at home if you have either:
• a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
• a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

Testing for Covid-19 is not needed if you’re staying at home.

Follow the national guidance : for advice on managing your symptoms for general advice about Covid-19

Both these websites are updated regularly with the latest information.

Visiting our inpatient units

In line with national guidelines, there is now no visiting to our inpatient wards at the Herts and Essex Hospital, the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital and the Danesbury Neurological Rehabilitation Centre. Visitors will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances and with prior agreement from the nurse in charge of the relevant ward.

Changes to our services
We are making changes to many of our services in response to Covid-19. If your care with us is affected, we will be contacting you directly. If you have questions about your care from HCT, please call our advice line on 01707 388164 or 01707 388036, or email us at

Looking after children
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has created a resource for parents who may be worried about their unwell or injured children during this uncertain time. You can see this information here.