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Hospital facing "significant pressures"

Hospital facing "significant pressures"

Published at 3:19pm 3rd January 2017. (Updated at 5:35pm 3rd January 2017)

Harrogate Hospital is urging people to think twice before visiting its Emergency Department.

The trust which runs the hospital says it's been experiencing "significant pressures" over the last few days because of the cumulative impact of the Christmas and New Year bank holidays.

Robert Harrison, Chief Operating Officer at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We've been really busy in the Emergency Department, as well as on our wards and with our community services.

"In the past few days, we've seen an increase in the number of acutely unwell patients, which means the Emergency Department has been extremely busy and admissions to hospital - where people have needed inpatient care - have increased. Unnecessary attendances at ED mean longer waits for those patients who really do need care, as well as extra pressure on our staff throughout the Trust.

"To help us deliver the best possible care to everyone, if you have an illness that is not severe, then consider visiting www.nhs.uk/111, calling NHS 111, contacting your own GP or seeing a local pharmacist for advice before choosing to come to the Emergency Department.

"Thank you to our staff who are working very hard during a very busy period, as well as to patients and relatives for their understanding at this busy time."