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Royal Cornwall Hospital put on 'Level 4' alert as a result of winter pressure on services

The Royal Cornwall Hospital is on a Level 4 alert. Credit: ITV News

The Royal Cornwall Hospital has been put on 'Level 4' alert as a result of pressure on services from a surge in patients over the winter.

The alert - which is the equivalent of what was previously known as 'Black Alert' - means patients are being urged not to come to hospital unless absolutely necessary.

The hospital has already declared and come out of Black Alert status six times this year.

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