Isle of Wight residents needing medical care are being advised to visit their GP, a pharmacy or to call 111 in non-emergency cases.
The plea comes as bosses at the island's NHS Trust say St Mary's Hospital is under 'Significant Black Alert' due to a "more-than-expected" number of emergency admissions overnight. Staff were alerted to the issue at 1am this morning. The alert means that some in-patient and day case surgery scheduled for this week had to be cancelled to make beds available to people who need "immediate care".
Hospital bosses are unsure how long this situation will continue, but they are reassuring residents that calls are being responded to and patients are being treated.