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.