Plea to cut A&E ward numbers

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BOSSES at a South Yorkshire hospital have appealed for people to visit its accident and emergency department only if absolutely necessary after a ‘dramatic surge’ in patients.

Rotherham Hospital’s A&E ward has been inundated with people complaining of minor ailments.

Executive medical director George Thomson said: “Hospital care and A&E is designed for patients who are badly injured or showing symptoms of a critical illness. It is important that people choose the most appropriate care for their needs as this will help us to provide services more quickly for patients who really need emergency treatment.” Patients with less serious conditions are urged to go to their GP, pharmacist, or NHS walk-in centre.