A critical incident has been declared at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester.
Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says that it’s due to sustained pressures at its Basingstoke and Winchester hospitals and means some planned operations will have to be cancelled.
A spokesperson said: “This decision has not been taken lightly; however, beds across both hospitals are full and attendance at our emergency departments is extremely high. We need every possible space to treat patients with life-threatening conditions and injuries.
“Attending our emergency departments for non-life-threatening conditions will mean an extremely long wait. If you need medical assistance, please visit 111.nhs.uk, speak to your GP, visit your local pharmacy, or an urgent treatment centre near you.
“Please help us protect care for those who need it most:
* Only attend the emergency department for a life-threatening illness or injury.
* If a friend or loved one is ready for discharge, please help by collecting them at the earliest opportunity.
“We are doing all we can to increase capacity for urgent emergency care in our hospitals, unfortunately, this means some elective care may have to be cancelled. This is frustrating; however, we appreciate the patience and support of anyone affected.”