Kettering General Hospital is continuing to urge people not to come to the hospital this weekend unless their condition is an accident, emergency or life-threatening.
The hospital has extended its plea for people to stay away until the end of this weekend (February 10) as it continues to battle a surge in A&E attendances.
The hospital said it has experienced a 20 per cent increase in A&E attendances, which has lead to the hospital’s bed capacity being significantly overloaded – creating the need for this plea.
As a result today (Friday, February 8) the hospital is cancelling routine operations and a number of outpatient clinics in order to use those doctors and nurses to manage the capacity problems and ensure that patient safety is maintained.
The hospital said it will be contacting the individual patients affected. Urgent outpatient appointments – for example those dealing with cancer treatment and cardiac treatment, are still running.
Also, routine maternity appointments will be continuing as normal.
It will also continue to see patients who need emergency surgery.
A spokesman for Kettering General Hospital said local GPs are assisting the hospital by doing everything they can to prevent admission to the hospital and by liaising with doctors on patients who can safely be discharged.
The spokesman said people should avoid coming to hospital for non-urgent problems and remember that minor injuries, or illnesses, can be treated by GPs, by the GP out-of-hours service, or the Corby Urgent Care Centre in Cottingham Road which is open 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.