BASILDON Hospital has issued a statement as demand has grown on the Accident and Emergency Department.
A spokesperson said: “Basildon Hospital is currently exceptionally busy and is facing a sustained high level of demand for A&E services.
We are working closely with our partner organisations to ensure patients continue to receive safe care.
We are asking people to think about using alternatives to A&E – such as a GP service, pharmacist or the minor injuries unit at Orsett – unless they have a serious illness or life threatening emergency.
Anyone who is unsure whether they should be going to A&E can call NHS 111 for advice and information.
Basildon Hospital is at Operational Pressure Escalation Level 2.
The local health and social care system is starting to show signs of pressure. The Local A&E Delivery Board will be required to take focused actions in organisations showing pressure to mitigate the needfor furtherescalation.
Enhancedco-ordination and communication will alert the whole system to take appropriate and timely actions to reduce the level of pressure as quickly as possible.
Local systems will keep NHS E and NHS I colleagues at sub-regional level informed of any pressures, with detail and frequency to be agreed locally.
Any additional support requirements should also be agreed locally if needed.