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Royal Surrey A&E "extremely busy"

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Royal Surrey A&E "extremely busy"

Published at 7:30pm 23rd October 2019.

The Royal Surrey is warning people not to attend their A&E department unless in need of urgent care.

It’s described the current situation as “extremely busy”, adding that due to pressures staff are having to prioritise treatment – meaning long waiting times for non-emergencies.

A statement from the hospital said: “Over the last week we have seen an increase in very ill patients presenting to the Emergency Department who have required admission to the hospital.

“As a result, we are reminding our community to use the most appropriate service for their health needs.

“People presenting to the Emergency Department will be seen in order of clinical priority, so those with non-urgent or emergency needs may face a long wait.”

What’s their advice?

There is a wealth of information available on the NHS website, alternatively, people can speak to a member of the NHS team by calling 111 free from any telephone.

Local pharmacists can also provide advice and over the counter medication for minor ailments.

For long term conditions, it is best to see your GP and for minor injuries or concerns there is the Minor Injuries Unit in Haslemere or Walk-in Centre in Woking.

If you are seriously ill or need emergency medical treatment, please call 999 or come to the Emergency Department as appropriate.

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