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17 February 2016, 19:28 | Updated: 17 February 2016, 19:41
Bedford hospital's put out another urgent warning this evening and overnight to avoid going to A&E unless it's a serious injury or life and death situation.
With record numbers attending A&E departments, the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is urging older people and those with long term health conditions to seek health advice or treatment promptly if they feel unwell.
Delaying means you could feel worse and end up as an emergency, so call your GP – they are available 24/7 with out of hours cover or get advice from a pharmacist.
Everyone else should think twice before going to A&E: it’s for real emergencies, and serious accidents or health conditions only.
Visit www.nhs.uk for information on all your local health services, symptoms and winter illness advice.
The NHS says Bedford Hospital A&E department is extremely busy and people should be aware they will face long waits due to high volume of patients, many of whom are very poorly. You can see a nurse or doctor for minor illness without an appointment at the NHS walk-in centre on Queen’s Drive, Putnoe, Bedford, open 8,30 – 6.30 every day.