Patients are being warned about visiting a Hull’s accident and emergency department because it is "extremely busy".

On Wednesday night, people attending Hull Royal Infirmary's Emergency Department faced hours of delays. At one point, 25 ambulances were counted queuing outside the city centre hospital to hand over patients.

In a tweet on Thursday morning, NHS Hull CCG said: "The Emergency Department is still extremely busy today. Please don’t go there unless it is a real emergency.

“Urgent treatment centres may be a better alternative. Please call 111 to find the best service to meet your needs."

The hospital has faced several days of delays, with a "spike in demand" reported on Monday and continuing throughout the week.

WATCH: Queues of ambulances outside Hull Royal Infirmary

On Monday night, Hull Emergency Department tweeted: “It has been an extremely busy shift today. As you’ve seen in various news reports and updates, we have seen large batches of attendances today.

“Our team have worked tirelessly to provide great care and are doing a fab job.”

A spokeswoman for the trust said: “We have been seeing an increase in demand this week with a higher number of ambulances bringing very sick people to hospital.

“On Wednesday evening, a number of ambulances were queued outside Hull Royal as we experienced another peak in demand.

"However, staff in our Emergency Department worked closely with hospital teams and our colleagues at Yorkshire Ambulance Service to minimise the impact on patients and resolve the issue within a short space of time.

“At one point, we had 25 ambulances outside A&E between 5pm and 7pm, which meant our medical staff were having to prioritise the sickest patients for treatment.

“Although the situation has improved overnight, we are still experiencing higher levels of demand than we would normally expect at this time of year.

“We know that many people, particularly those who come to our Emergency Care Area with less serious conditions or illnesses, could use alternative services in the community such as the Urgent Treatment Centres, the GP walk-in service at Wilberforce Health Centre or their local pharmacist."

If you are unsure of where to go, call NHS 111 for advice.

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