Our Accident and Emergency Department is extremely busy, with some patients experiencing long waits. We would urge people to carefully consider whether they need to attend. Many people who come to the department could have received advice from their GP, pharmacist or 111. Please remember the department is for those people who are seriously ill or injured. For further advice on where to go to seek help, please visit the NHS website pages on urgent care.
Andy Ennis, Chief Operating Officer at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust said
“The hospital is facing a perfect storm of winter viruses in July, demand on A&E, and COVID putting pressure on beds.
“On average 420 patients a day are coming through the A&E department, leading to long waits.
“We are now in a planning mode for what is going to be a challenging summer, autumn and winter.”