As cases sky rocket across England, Hospitals have warned that people could be turned away from A&E if their condition is not life threatening.
This comes as the Prime Minister lifted almost all restrictions on Monday dubbed “Freedom Day” and there is “serious concern” that more young people are being hospitalised with the virus.
Northampton General Hospital and Kettering General Hospital are seeing a “significant amount of young people” every day at A&E, who have “relatively minor problems.”
The two hospitals admitted a further 38 Covid patients on Tuesday, which is an increase of 26 from four days previous.
Kettering General Hospital’s Clinical Director for Urgent Care, Dr Adrian Ierina said, “Both hospitals are seeing a very high number of attendances at A&E and this is creating pressure across all departments.
“The NHS locally is very busy and we please ask people to think about the best place for their care instead of using our A&E services.”
NGH Chief Operating Officer Jo Fawcus said, medics “need the support of our local community so that we can concentrate on those people who need our care the most
“We are continuing to see hundreds attending the two A&E departments at Northampton and Kettering each day, a significant number of them with relatively minor problems.
“At the same time, we are seeing Covid-19 infections are again rising across the county – and the numbers of people, especially younger people needing to be hospitalised with it, which is a serious concern.”