Hospital deals with 'unprecedented' patient numbers

PUBLISHED: 15:59 05 January 2015 | UPDATED: 16:01 05 January 2015

Weston General Hospital's inspection was delayed.

Weston General Hospital's inspection was delayed.

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'UNPRECEDENTED' numbers of patients at Weston General Hospital has forced bosses to reiterate pleas for people to only come if absolutely necessary.

A total of 16 beds in the stroke and maternity units have been opened up to cope with the high demand. Pregnant mothers are being assessed as normal but then transferred on St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol.

A Weston Area Health NHS Trust spokesman stressed people should only attend the emergency department when ‘absolutely necessary’. Non-emergency ailments can be dealt with by a pharmacist, GP or by using the NHS111 service.

Medical director Dr Bee Martin said: “We’re seeing people turn up in ED with coughs and colds and symptoms of norovirus – all illnesses which can be treated with self care or counter medication.”

Three wards - Uphill, Berrow and Kewstoke - remain affected by norovirus, meaning those 74 beds cannot accept new admissions.

Anyone who has suffered the vomiting virus recently is asked to stay away until symptoms have subsided for at least 48 hours.

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