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Royal Stoke University Hospital patients advised to use alternatives to A&E

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People are being advised to use alternatives to A&E at the Royal Stoke University Hospital today if their condition is not an emergency.

The hospital has experienced an extremely busy weekend so far, with waits of more than five hours - but waiting times elsewhere have been much shorter.

We predicted this weekend would be very busy at A&E and this has proved to be the case.

However, waiting times at the minor injuries units at Haywood Community Hospital and Leek Moorlands Hospital have been much shorter at under an hour this weekend.

If you’re unsure where the best place to go is, NHS 111 can provide advice.

You can also see a GP without an appointment at the walk-in centres in Newcastle and Hanley.

Sunday afternoon and evening is traditionally a very busy time at A&E, so we urge people this afternoon to use the alternatives if their condition is not an emergency.

– Marcus Warnes, accountable officer for North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Patients are advised to consider other options such as:

  • Self-care – treat minor illness and injury at home using a well-stocked stocked medicine cabinet.
  • Community Pharmacy – visit for expert advice and treatment for minor ailments.