Second call to stay away from hospital A&E

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Hospital bosses have made a second plea in just over a week for people to stay away from Whiston’s casualty ward.

They say patients should only visit the hospital’s accident and emergency unit if it is absolutely essential.

Dr Terry Hankin, deputy medical director at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, who runs Whiston Hospital, said: “Whiston Hospital’s accident and emergency epartment is, like all others in the region, currently extremely busy with many patients experiencing unavoidably long delays.

“We apologise for this and would like to remind the public about alternative health care options available at this time such as Walk-In Centres, Pharmacists, GPs, calling NHS 111 or using the Examine Your Options website www.examineyouroptions.info”