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A&E hospital warning

East Kent Hospitals are continuing to experience very high demand for their A&E services in Canterbury, Ashford and Margate. These departments have seen an above average number of very ill patients arriving and are asking people who are not well to consider which service is best for them.

We’ve seen a very significant increase in seriously unwell patients arriving at the A&E departments, particularly in the evenings and weekends, and are asking people to think twice before coming to A&E

– Julie Pearce, Director of Quality and Operations

Figures from A&E have shown a significant increase in very unwell patients over the last month. This saw 600 more patients than usual classified as 'major' in that time.

Peak times for A&E have also changed significantly this last quarter with 369 more people arriving into the department between midnight and 6am than the same quarter in 2012.

Alternative options may include pharmacists, local GPs, Minor Injury Units and NHS 111.

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