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A&E is for emergencies

The hospital is under extreme pressure due to the number of very sick patients needing to be admitted.

Emergency department doctors are asking people not to go to A&E unless it’s a life or limb-threatening emergency, or if they have been advised to go there by a healthcare professional.

People who have an urgent need for medical advice have three options:

  • Speak to a local pharmacist
  • Call NHS 111 – a free 24/7 service accessible from any phone, where you can get advice over the phone from a range of clinicians
  • Consult the online NHS Choices website –

The trust is working very closely with its colleagues in community and social care to do everything possible to ensure patients attending get the care they need. At the same time, they are making sure that those who are well enough can be discharged home or on to the next stage in their care.

The trust is prioritising the welfare of the very sickest patients who need immediate life-saving care. Anyone coming to the hospital's emergency department with a minor illness or injury is very likely to face a very long wait.

Please use alternative services and keep A&E for those who are gravely ill or injured.

For a full list of alternatives to A&E click here.

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB. Tel: 01202 665511

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