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

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