Gorleston accident and emergency department sees spike in demand

James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston, Norfolk.

James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston, Norfolk. - Credit: Nick Butcher

A hospital has warned people against going to accident and emergency (A&E) necessarily after seeing a spike in attendences.

James Paget University Hospital, in Gorleston, is has seen the amount of people going to A&E soar since this time last year and there have been several peaks in demand.

The most recent was overnight (August 18 - 19), with evenings and weekends seeing the highest demand.

Consultants from the hospital are asking patients to consider whether their condition is a genuine emergency.

Their message was to use other alternatives if it wasn't.

They suggest visiting your pharmacist, ringing 111 for advice, making an appointment with your GP, attending a minor injuries unit such as the one at Beccles Hospital, or visiting a walk in centre.

Locally, the walk-in centre at Greyfriars Health Centre in Great Yarmouth is open between 8am and 8pm, seven days a week.

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