Emergency measures have been drafted in to cope with pressures on the A&E department at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), said members of the public should only use A&E if they “absolutely need” the service.
Coughs, colds, sore throats, sprains, minor injuries, vomiting and diarrhoea can be treated by GPs or dealt with using pharmacy drugs, the trust said.
Sue Smith, Executive Chief Nurse at UHMBT said: “We are keeping the situation under review and will take appropriate action to ensure our patients are safe within our care.
“However, we are appealing for the public to help us by only using our A&E departments if they absolutely need our services.
“If someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk, then 999 should be called. Please ring the NHS advice line on 111 if you are unsure.”
The trust said it has taken measures to ensure timely discharges due to the number of patients waiting for admission atA&E – including increasing the availability of medical consultants, increasing staff in the pharmacy departments to ensure drugs are available for patients, and ensuring that staff are available to help patients during the discharge process.
Sue Smith added: “We are continuing to work in collaboration with our partners across health and social care to ensure that patients are discharged appropriately in a timely fashion.”