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Royal Berkshire Hospital A&E under pressure as patient numbers surge

Patients urged to "choose well" before attending

Chris Ord

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Chris Ord

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People are being asked to “choose well” before attending A&E with The Royal Berkshire Hospital experiencing a surge in patients at the weekend.


Patients are being urged to seek non-emergency medical attention elsewhere following one of the hospital’s busiest weekends ever.


Staff have said the hospital, in Craven Road, Reading, is still “incredibly busy” with around 200 patients seeking emergency medical attention before lunchtime today (Monday).


A statement on the Royal Berkshire Hospital website reads: “The Royal Berkshire Hospital is incredibly busy still after one of the busiest weekends ever.  There are long waits, with priority given to the sickest people attending.

"This time last year, we were seeing an average of circa 250 to 280 patients and admitting 86 over a weekend.


“Over this weekend we saw 350 people through A&E with more than 109 admitted on Saturday.


“Our new “normal” is higher than last year.   


“By lunchtime today we had 81 people in A&E and had already had approximately 200 patients through.


“We are asking the public to please choose well. 


“We have a walk in centre which is open today in Broad Street and every day this week from 8am to 8pm."


For further details on the walk in centre visit http://www.nhs.uk/Services/GP/Overview/DefaultView.aspx?id=35276

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