A spokesperson for Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said:
“The hospital is currently exceptionally busy and we are working around the clock to make sure all our patients get the best care in the most appropriate place.
We are working with our community partners to help ensure that the right support is in place for patients when they leave the Hospital, so that we are able to discharge patients safely and have beds available for the most acutely ill patients who need them.
We are urging people to only visit A&E in a real emergency and where possible visit your local pharmacist, GP, walk in centre or minor injuries unit.”
Other health services available:
The free NHS 111 phone service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, offering a one-stop number for patients with urgent, but not life-threatening symptoms.
Health Help Now App
Not sure where to go to get the help you need? Health Help Now will help you find the right treatment. http://www.healthhelpnow-nhs.net/
Pharmacies can help with several common conditions including minor injuries:
They can give advice and medicines, if appropriate.
For Pharmacies click here
NHS Walk in Centres and Minor Injuries Units (MIU)
With no appointment necessary, your local NHS walk in centre and MIU is managed by doctors and nurses who are available to deal with minor illnesses and injuries, such as cuts, burns, sprains and suspected breaks.
For Walk in Centres & Minor Injuries Units click here
Extended GP access in your borough
For extended GP access in your borough click here
Notes to Editors:
0208 934 3613/3614/3843.