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Northampton General sees big surge in A&E patients

Northampton General has seen an increase in A&E patients. Credit: ITV News Anglia

There are calls for people to avoid the A&E department at Northampton General Hospital following a huge increase in patient numbers.

Bosses at the hospital say patient numbers are 40% higher than the same week last year, and are calling on people to avoid the emergency department if possible.

We are currently seeing an increase in the numbers of attendances in the evenings as people often think that visiting their local A&E or calling 999 are their only options when their GP surgery is closed.

There are actually lots of services that offer treatment and advice in the evenings and at the weekend, including local pharmacists, NHS 111 and out-of-hours GP services.

– Dr Emma Clancy, GP, NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group