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Royal Surrey A&E continues to struggle

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Royal Surrey A&E continues to struggle

Published at 2:10pm 19th March 2018. (Updated at 2:35pm 19th March 2018)

The Royal Surrey says it remains "extremely busy" and is urging people to only visit A&E if "absolutely necessary". 

Due to continued high levels of flu and other acute illnesses, the Trust says it is very busy in all areas - in particular A&E and in-patient wards.

The pattern often follows a cold spell, like we had this weekend, where people tend to stay at home.

Earlier this month, following the first lot of snow across our area, the Trust said it had been seeing up to 50 more patients each day than usual.

Dr Marianne Illsley, Medical Director said: “A few days after a cold spell, it is not unusual for people, especially those who are more vulnerable, to develop respiratory infections or for long-term conditions to worsen.

"As a result, we are seeing and treating a number of very poorly patients, so the hospital is very busy."

“We would encourage people to ensure that they are making the most appropriate choice for their care needs.

“We are asking people not to attend the emergency department unless absolutely necessary and reminding them that our emergency department treats patients according to clinical priority, so please be aware that patients with less urgent needs may wait longer than usual.”

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