CONTINUING winter pressures have led to Poole Hospital reminding the public of when to visit A&E.

Cases of flu are continuing, as well as norovirus, which is complicating the hospital's ability to admit patients, a spokesperson added.

"At present we have 24 inpatients with flu. We are also continuing to see high demand for accident and emergency services, and ask the public to use those services responsibly, and to consider alternatives like GP practices, pharmacies, minor injuries and walk-in units, as well as the NHS 111 telephone service, where appropriate."

Dr Angus Wood, medical director, said: “The public can support us at this time by ensuring they do not visit if they have, or have recently had, flu or other winter illness like norovirus, and by using our services appropriately.

“Many patients can be treated appropriately and often sooner by a GP or pharmacist, or at a walk-in centre or minor injuries unit. For those unsure where to access care, the NHS 111 service can provide a range of advice and support.”