PATIENTS have been told to stay away from an accident and emergency department unless absolutely necessary.
Dr Shane Gordon, a Highwoods GP, said Colchester General Hospital's A&E is under severe pressure.
It is experiencing a 20 per cent increase in patients.
Dr Gordon has told patients to firstly consider treating themselves or visiting a walk-in centre.
He said unless they are suffering a life-threatening problem to go elsewhere.
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