Health bosses have warned the public to not visit A&E unless it is serious as the city hospital is experiencing ‘extreme pressure’.

The emergency department at Southampton General Hospital is experiencing high demand.

People are urged to only attend if it is a life-threatening situation or serious injury.

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University Hospital Southampton said: “Our emergency department is under extreme pressure.

“Call or visit NHS 111 online if you need urgent medical help.

“Use your local Urgent Treatment Centre for minor injuries and illness.

“Consider your community pharmacy for a range of advice and treatments. “