University Hospital in Coventry is exceptionally busy with very sick patients experiencing long waits in the Emergency Department. Patients are being asked to consider alternatives rather than attend A&E.

If you need medical help fast but it’s not life threatening you should see a GP, a pharmacist, the Walk-in centre or calling NHS111.  NHS111 will assess you and direct you to the best placed service in your area, they are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

If you are unsure of what services are in your local area, search on http://www.nhs.uk.

All patients with scheduled appointments and operations should continue to attend these as usual, unless advised otherwise.