The public are being asked to stay away from Northampton and Kettering hospitals unless absolutely necessary and to use other NHS services following a surge in demand over the holiday period.
Attendances at both hospitals have increased substantially over the Christmas and New Year break which has caused significant pressures in both A&E departments.
As a result what managers describe as " an unusually large number of patients who are acutely ill and need high priority hospital care are having to be treated"
At the same time a large number of patients are continuing to attend A&E departments with minor injuries and illnesses for which they could be treated elsewhere.
Dr Matthew Davies from NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group said: