Hospital on black alert

Hospital warning people to try and avoid using A&E if possible. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Peterborough City Hospital is asking patients to only use its A & E department if really necessary.

The hospital says it's on black alert and there is great pressure on beds.

There's been a high number of emergency cases and staff are dealing with more in patients than usual.

The hospital warns anyone attending A & E with a non-urgent problem is in for a long wait. It suggests patients go to the minor injury unit in Thorpe Road if possible.