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16 March 2018
Our A&E department is exceptionally busy, so please do not attend unless it is an accident or an emergency.

The NHS Choices website neatly explains that an A&E department deals with genuine life-threatening emergencies, such as:

Less severe injuries can be treated in urgent care centres or minor injuries units (MIUs) and sources of help are listed here on the local CCG ‘Choose Well’ web pages.

Minor injuries units and urgent care centres can treat:

  • sprains and strains
  • broken bones
  • wound infections
  • minor burns and scalds
  • minor head injuries
  • insect and animal bites
  • minor eye injuries
  • injuries to the back, shoulder and chest

Please remember, A&E is not an alternative to a GP appointment. If your GP practice is closed you can call NHS 111, which will direct you to the best local service.

There are now restrictions in place to protect our patients and visitors from the spread of (norovirus) please see them below:

  • A maximum of two adult visitors per patient are allowed on the wards at any one time 
  • Don’t come to hospital if you’ve been sick or had diarrhoea in the last 48 hours
  • Visiting hours are now being restricted to 15:00 to 17:00 and 18:30 to 20:00, but if it’s not absolutely necessary for you to come to hospital please stay away