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'Increased pressure' on Jersey's Emergency Department

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Health officials in Jersey are warning islanders of 'increased pressure' on the hospital's Emergency Department.

The number of people attending A&E has increased by around a third in the past few days, leading to overcrowding.

A spokesperson for the hospital said issues affecting the Emergency Department have stemmed from Islanders presenting with coughs and colds, symptoms of norovirus and other non-urgent conditions that patients should consult their GP about.

An increase in admissions via the Emergency Department and other winter pressures, notably flu, are said to have had a significant impact on bed capacity at the Hospital.

Earlier this week the General Hospital was put on a red alert, with fewer than five beds available, however the alert was downgraded to amber yesterday when the number of available beds rose to between five and 10.