Hospital stay away plea

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HOSPITAL chiefs are urging people to stay away from Wigan’s Accident and Emergency Department after they were inundated with patients over the weekend.

Resources were stretched to their limits over Saturday and Sunday and Doctor’s say that some trips to A&E at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary are not necessary and that help can be sought elsewhere.

A spokeswoman for WWL said: “The Accident and Emergency (A&E) department at Wigan Infirmary has seen a large increase in the number of attendances over the weekend. This is putting extreme pressure on the services we provide.

“We are asking people for their support to make sure that we can give urgent and emergency care to those people who need it most. We need the public to think twice and make sure they choose the right service for minor illnesses, ailments and injuries and utilise other services such as out of hours GPs. The public should only attend A&E if they have a serious health condition and in a genuine emergency.”