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Royal Bolton Hospital declared 'black alert' after soaring demand

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The Royal Bolton Hospital was put on "black alert" after A&E departments battled with soaring demand coming into this week.

The alert, which is the highest in the NHS operating protocol, is declared when a hospital is under such significant pressure that it cannot "deliver comprehensive care”.

The hospital had urged people to only attend A&E in a genuine emergency:

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“The Royal Bolton Hospital was particularly busy yesterday (Monday 9th December) however the situation de-escalated within a few hours – pressures such as these are a snapshot in time as they fluctuate.

"Our staff have worked hard to keep patients safe at all times.

“The situation has eased although we are still busy with high attendances at A&E. "There are a lot of winter bugs around at the moment, and we ask people not to come to the hospital if they have had sickness, diarrhoea or flu-like symptoms within the past 48 hours.

“In Bolton, GPs offer extended hours appointments, your local pharmacy can offer advice and you can contact NHS 111. Please choose well and only visit A&E if necessary.”

– Rae Wheatcroft, Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust