RESIDENTS are being asked to think before heading to A&E this weekend.
Whiston Hospital is encouraging people to only attend its Accident and Emergency if it is absolutely essential as it is currently extremely busy.
Dr Terry Hankin, Deputy Medical Director, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said: “Whiston Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department 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.”
Urgent Care and Walk-in Centres or Out of Hours GP services can all treat minor injuries including but not limited to cuts and grazes, sprains, bites, fever and abdominal pain.