County Hospital A&E

​The A&E Department at The County Hospital is not 24 hours. The department is open 8am – 10pm every day. 

A&E is located at The County Hospital, Weston Road, Stafford, ST16 3SA. Car parking is available immediately outside the department.

In addition to the Royal Stoke University Hospital, if you need to go to A&E between 10pm and 8am when County Hospital's A&E is closed, you can also visit:

  • New Cross Hospital (Wolverhampton), Wednesfield Road, Wolverhampton, WV10 0QP
  • Queens Hospital (Burton), Belvedere Road, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 0RB
  • Manor Hospital (Walsall), Moat Road, Walsall, West Midlands, WS2 9PS

Children's Emergency Services at County Hospital Temporarily Suspended on ​​​Safety Grounds


A Minor Injuries Unit at County Hospital for under 16s launched on Monday 10 October 2016. Sixteen and 17 year-olds can use the main Accident & Emergency Department at County Hospital, Stafford.  ​

Accident and Emergency services at County Hospital in Stafford continue to be temporarily suspended for children and people under the age of 16 due to concerns about safety. The Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health visited the Trust in preparation for their full review of Children's Emergency Services at County Hospital. The review, which is scheduled to conclude in January 2017, will include analysis of data, a main visit and the publication of a full report.

The Minor Injuries Unit can be used to treat children with a variety of minor injuries only.

The Minor Injuries Unit should be used for:

  • Head injuries
  • Limb injuries
  • Wounds
  • Sprains, bruises, fractures


The Minor Injuries Unit should not be used for:

  • Illnesses (111/GP)
  • Rash/fever (111/GP)
  • Vomiting/diarrhoea (111/GP)
  • Chronic illnesses (111/GP)
  • Severely unwell/injured (999)


Any unwell child who requires more than one hour of observation or specialist treatment (e.g. fracture manipulation) will be transferred to Royal Stoke.​

Rapid Access Clinics for children have returned to County Hospital. A rapid access clinic provides next-day appointments with specialist children's doctors. This means that when families visit their GP with an unwell baby, child or teenager, the GP can refer them to a specialist quickly and locally. These clinics are by appointment only and, for the time being, operate on a Monday to Friday basis.​