Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust is asking members of the public to only use its Emergency Department for life threatening conditions due to pressures on site.
The Emergency Department at the Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, is experiencing high levels of demand.
John Knighton, Medical Director at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust, said: “We are seeing an increase in patients with Covid at Queen Alexandra Hospital and also staff sickness. Our priority is to provide the safest care possible, and we can only do this by ensuring only the sickest and most urgent cases come to our ED. We are asking our community to only come to hospital if it is an emergency such as serious blood loss, suspected stroke or heart attack, or loss of consciousness.
“Patients who do not need to be seen in ED should go to their local Urgent Treatment Centres or call 111 for advice. Please help us and know where to go for treatment.”
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