Hospitals in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire have declared they are on black alert.
The Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, the Bristol Royal Infirmary, Southmead and Weston General Hospital are among those placed on the system-wide black escalation status on Monday.
It comes after a huge influx of people using the A&E system and health bosses are now urging people to only use A&E for life-threatening emergencies.
People are instead encouraged to visit walk in centres, pharmacists or call NHS helpline, 111.
It's the second time in a month the hospitals have declared the status.
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In recent days we have seen an increase in hospital admissions together with a higher number of very ill patients who need to stay in hospital for longer.
We are coping with demand and have put in place a range of measures to increase capacity and ensure that people are discharged once they no longer need specialist hospital services.
However we do anticipate that we will remain in escalation for a number of days and encourage people to help us manage pressure in the system by using services appropriately and avoiding A&E for non-emergency conditions.
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A young police dog missing from the Clevedon area for 5 days has been found safe and well.
Meg - a Belgian Malinois, which is like a lean version of a German Shepherd - escaped from her kennel last Friday.
The 7-month-old puppy is currently undergoing assessment for use as a general purpose police dog.
We are pleased to confirm that police dog Meg has been found safe and well. We'd like to thank everyone for the RT's and support.
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A young police dog has been missing from the Clevedon area for over two days.
Meg is is being trained as a general purpose police dog and escaped from her kennel on Friday (Nov 6).
Her handler PC Lee Webb says he just wants her back:
Police are appealing for help to find a young police dog that has gone missing in the Clevedon area.
Meg is a Belgian Malinois, which is like a lean version of a German Shepherd. It is infact the short-haired version of the Belgian Shepherd dog and is about the same size as a greyhound.
Meg is seven months old and has a black muzzle, black ears and has a short coat which is foxy brown in colour. She is wearing a red collar.
Meg is currently undergoing assessment for use as a general purpose police dog.
Concern is growing because Meg is fairly timid, is not likely to have eaten and will be frightened by fireworks, which may be let off this evening.
It is possible she may be sheltering in someone’s garden and police are urging people living in the Kenmore Drive area of Clevedon to check garden outbuildings, garages and sheds.
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