Gloucestershire hospitals major incident status continues

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
Image caption Patients in Gloucester and Cheltenham have been facing long waits to see a doctor

Hospitals in Gloucester and Cheltenham are continuing to operate under major critical incident status more than a week after it was first declared.

Patients attending A&E at Gloucester were facing a waiting time of up to five hours on Monday morning.

At 07:50 GMT, 26 patients were waiting to be seen. In Cheltenham, one patient was waiting for a doctor.

People have been urged to consider alternative options before attending either of the A&E departments.

On Friday, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's chief executive Dr Frank Harsent said: "We have made progress throughout the week and the focus now is on discharging patients before we can stand down from this status."

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