PEOPLE have been warned not to use the Royal Berkshire Hospital’s accident and emergency department unless they are in urgent need of medical care.
There are long waits at the hospital after more than 350 people were seen at accident and emergency over the weekend.
More than 100 people were admitted on Saturday, compared with an average of 86 last year, and another 80 were seen on Monday.
A hospital spokeswoman said: “The Royal Berkshire Hospital is incredibly busy after one of the busiest weekends ever. There are long waits with priory given to the sickest people attending.
“We are asking the public to please choose well. Do not come to accident and emergency unless you need care that cannot be provided by GPs, pharmacists or NHS 111.”
A walk-in centre in Broad Street, Reading, is open daily from 8am to 8pm.