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A&E under ‘extreme pressure’ in Bucks

We’re being asked to avoid hospital where possible.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:07pm 4th January 2020. 2-minute read.

A&E under ‘extreme pressure’ in Bucks

Buckinghamshire’s accident and emergency department is under a lot of pressure at the moment and we’re being asked not to add more.

At the moment hospital and care services across the Thames Valley area are managing large numbers of patients.

In Buckinghamshire  A&E at Stoke Mandeville Hospital is particularly under extreme pressure.

Bosses say staff are working exceptionally hard across all services to make sure people receive the care and treatment they need. The situation is expected to continue throughout the weekend.

This means that non-urgent patients can expect long waits in A&E.

We are being urged to use hospital accident & emergency departments for emergencies only.

Unless there is an emergency, the advice is to seek advice and treatment at other centres including local pharmacies, GP surgeries and the Urgent Treatment Centre in High Wycombe.

If it is not an emergency and you are unsure what to do contact NHS 111. Trained staff will advise and guide you to the right service - including booking an out of hours GP appointment.

The NHS 111 service is open 24 hours a day, every day and also available online.

Ambulance services should be called via 999 for any life threatening situation.

In a statement, bosses said:

”We apologise to anyone who has had to wait a long time to be seen, but staff must prioritise the most urgent cases first.”

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