Flu stretching A&E units
PUBLISHED: 09:23 07 January 2011 | UPDATED: 09:33 07 January 2011
HOSPITAL bosses are urging people to think carefully about whether they need emergency care before visiting A&E this week as the flu outbreak rages.
The emergency department at Queen’s Hospital, in Romford, and King George Hospital, in Goodmayes, are under particular strain, with patients facing long waits.
People are instead asked to visit GPs or attend a local walk-in centres.
A spokesman said: “A&Es are always busy after the festive period and the additional strain of the flu outbreak is stretching services further. “Unless people have life-threatening illness or injury, they will be seen much more quickly and appropriately elsewhere.”
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