The Countess of Chester Hospital is urging people to stay away unless it is an emergency as its A&E unit is ‘extremely busy’.
The NHS trust is asking those with minor illnesses and complaints to make the right choice.
Hospitals become even more stretched over the winter period.
The Countess posted a statement on its website asking for necessary visits only.
It said: “Please be aware that A&E and the wider hospital are currently extremely busy at The Countess of Chester Hospital.
“Those with life-threatening and serious medical conditions are being seen as priority. Non-emergency cases may experience lengthy waits.”
Pharmacists and GPs should be the first port of call for illnesses such as coughs and colds, stomach upsets, aches and sprains.
The NHS has released its tips for winter. They are:
- Making sure you have the basics at home such as a thermometer and paracetamol
- Stocking up with medications if you have a long term condition or stocking up with basics in case you do fall ill with a cold or the flu
- Electronic Prescription System – remember to pick up repeat prescriptions from your local surgery or pharmacy or in advance for EPS so you can collect from your local pharmacy
- Keep warm – this may help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes and pneumonia
- Eat well – food gives you energy, which helps you keep warm. So, try to have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day
Please check for alternative services that may be available from your local GP, pharmacist, NHS Choices website or through calling NHS 111.
More information is available at www.nhs.uk/staywell.