ACCIDENT and emergency teams at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital are preparing themselves for their usual busy New Year.
The Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust treated only about 250 and 280 patients altogether on Christmas Day and Boxing Day respectively at its Gloucester and Cheltenham emergency departments.
But Hilary Lucas, general manager for unscheduled care, said: “We anticipate that both departments will be significantly busier in the build up to New Year as people return from holidays and the festive celebrations continue.
“As always we would like to remind people that we are here for emergencies only,” she said. “Don’t forget to stock up on medicines and prescriptions ahead of the Bank Holiday and contact either your GP surgery, NHS 111 or visit www.choosewellglos.nhs.uk if you feel unwell.”