Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 1°C

Search

Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford is facing an overload of patients - people urged to avoid A&E

PUBLISHED: 18:40 29 September 2017 | UPDATED: 18:40 29 September 2017

Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford is facing patient pressures. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford is facing patient pressures. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

Archant

Patients have been warned to stay away from an Essex hospital unless they are suffering an emergency.

The accident and emergency department Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford is reported to be facing “sustained pressure” due to an overload of patients.

People have been reminded to make use of 111, their GPs and pharmacies for non-urgent illnesses and injuries to relieve the pressure.

It is not known what is causing the extreme numbers.

Many patients at the Chelmsford hospital are thought to be experiencing long waiting times to be seen because of the influx, with doctors and nurses being stretched while they deal with the numbers.

The hospital has also taken to Twitter to remind would-be patients to go elsewhere if their need is not urgent.

Broomfield Hospital is the main site for Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust, which employs more than 4,000 staff and serves a population of around 370,000 people.

The East Anglian Daily Times has approached the hospital for comment.

A lorry is causing long delays on the A14 near Stowmarket after one of its tyres blew out.

A mystery heroine chased a pair of thieves in Ipswich after a woman in her 70s had her bag snatched.

Two men who stalked and tried to rape a vulnerable young woman in Ipswich as she walked home from a night out have had their sentences cut.

Questions into how Babergh District Council came to a decision over plans for nearly 230 homes has been quashed following a High Court review.

A 34-year-old man has denied raping a woman in her 30s in Lowestoft last December.

The “amazing” fundraising efforts of the community have been hailed after a multi-million pound cardiac centre was officially opened at West Suffolk Hospital.

And what do you buy the woman who has everything? James Marston speculates about the Royals’ Norfolk Christmas

Most read

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24