Situation improves in 'fragile' A&E department

The health trust responsible for Russells Hall Hospital says the capacity situation there has 'de-escalated' but remains fragile.

Earlier today the trust asked the ambulance service to divert ambulances away from the hospital and told patients to come in only if they had a life-threatening emergency.

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Hospital declares 'major incident' in A&E

Patients are asked to go to their doctor rather than A&E at Russells Hall Hospital unless they are facing a life threatening condition. The hospital says it's experiencing unprecedented pressure today.