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High Demand in A&E

21 July 2017

The A&E department at the James Paget University Hospital is currently experiencing high demand – and patients are being asked to consider whether their condition is a genuine emergency.

We anticipate that this high level of demand will continue into the weekend (22/23 July) as it marks the start of the school summer holidays and the number of visitors to the area is due to increase.

The message from our hospital A & E consultants is clear:

•               Do you need to go to A and E? Is it a genuine emergency?

•               If not, consider alternatives such as visiting your pharmacist; ringing 111 for advice or making an appointment with your GP.

If you have to attend A&E, remember that patients with less serious conditions should expect to wait as more pressing cases are dealt with in priority order.