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Norfolk hospital urges people to only attend in ‘genuine emergencies’ as heatwave increases pressures

PUBLISHED: 13:42 27 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:42 27 July 2018

James Paget Hospital
  Picture: Sonya Duncan

James Paget Hospital Picture: Sonya Duncan

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A Norfolk hospital has warned patients to only attend in a ‘genuine emergency’ as it struggles to cope with people affected by the hot weather.

The James Paget University Hospital (JPUH) in Gorleston is directing people to the 111 service, GP or pharmacist after a surge in demand.

A spokesman for the hospital said it was facing demand similar to winter peaks as temperatures across the region continue to soar.

In a statement on its Facebook page, it said: “Our hospital continues to be very busy and we’re asking you not to attend A&E unless it is a genuine emergency.”

It also offered tips for staying cool, including staying out of the sun during the hottest part of the day, drinking lots of cold drinks, avoiding alcohol and avoiding extreme physical exertion.

It also advised taking measures including keeping your living or working space cool, using shades or covers on windows to block direct sunlight, and turning off non-essential electrical items which generate heat.

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