LATEST - Plea to avoid ‘unnecessary attendance’ at King’s Lynn A&E unit

GV of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital , King's Lynn

GV of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital , King's Lynn

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People are being urged not to go to Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital accident and emergency department this afternoon unless absolutely necessary, because of congestion.

The plea has been made by Cambridgeshire police officers, who are reporting a long queue of ambulances at the Gayton Road site.

A post on the EastCambsCops Twitter feed, written around half an hour ago, said: “Officers report that Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn A&E heavily congested with 16 ambulances queued. Please avoid unnecessary attendance.”

It is not clear what is causing the congestion, but health service chiefs in West Norfolk have staged a number of campaigns in recent months in a bid to encourage the public to only go to the unit when it is essential to do so.