EMERGENCY services at Warwick Hospital have seen a huge rise in the number of patients coming through its doors this week, prompting warnings about waiting times.
On January 2 the hospital on Lakin Road saw the highest number of patients in recent months with nearly 200 people through the doors.
This figure is a 19 per cent increase from August when there were some 160 people needing the service.
The trend follows a rise in patients coming in over the festive period, which was 12 per cent more this year than between Christmas Day and January 5 in 2015.
Chief executive Glen Burley has issued warnings about waiting times but said the hospital continues to offer the same standard of care.
He said: “We have been experiencing extremely high demand for all our services, with A&E at Warwick Hospital seeing exceptionally high numbers of attendees which is causing longer waiting times than normal.
“We want to ensure we are able to provide the right care to patients at the right time and therefore it is really important that members of the public are aware of the alternative care options that are available for treating conditions such as pharmacies, minor injuries units and NHS 111.
“During the colder, winter months it is especially important for communities to come together and check on elderly relatives and neighbours, making sure they are warm and have food and that they are taking any medicine they need. Despite this significant increase in demand, I am confident that we have great teams in place who will ensure patients receive high quality health care. ”