Tameside Hospital has issued a warning for people not to attend its accident and emergency Department for the rest of the week unless their condition is a real accident or emergency.
In a statement issued the hospital said:
“We are currently experiencing high levels of demand in the Emergency Department, resulting in extended waiting times and anticipate that this will continue for the remainder of this week. If your condition is not an accident or an emergency, we would ask that you please consider alternative services to support you such as your GP, walk in centre or local pharmacy.” adding that:
“We will be treating patients in priority order. This means that those patients presenting with less urgent conditions can expect to experience a prolonged waiting time. We apologise for the inconvenience that this may cause, however we are directing resources to the most seriously ill patients in the department.”
It is the fifth hospital to issue the warning across Greater Manchester, The Pennine Acute Trust which operates North Manchester, Oldham Royal and Bury’s Fairfield hospital as well as Stepping Hill Hospital have alll issued warnings over the last few days.