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Keep Emergency Departments free for those who need urgent care over the weekend

Norfolk and Waveney’s health and care system remains in a ‘critical incident’ and continues to experience high levels of demand for health and care services.

It is vitally important that help is available to those who need it most over the coming days and local people are being urged to choose health services wisely.

Those in charge of running our hospitals and other health services have said local people can really make a difference by:

  • Helping loved ones who are well enough to leave hospital to recover at home or in another suitable care setting, meaning that hospital beds are freed up for those who really need them.
  • Only visiting Emergency Departments or calling 999 in the case of a genuine life-threatening emergency.

The NHS still remains open for those who need it. If you have any health concerns please do seek help first through NHS 111 online or by phone They can direct you to the most appropriate place. In a serious medical emergency, such as symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, call 999.

Please continue to attend any pre-booked appointments unless you hear otherwise.

Our health and care workers across Norfolk and Waveney continue to work tirelessly together to keep services running to support us all, our loved ones, our neighbours, and our communities.

The public can help us by getting fully vaccinated, wearing face coverings in public indoors areas and maintaining thorough hand washing practices.

Practising good hand hygiene is particularly important with cases of the winter vomiting virus on the increase. Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhoea. The main symptoms are:

  • Feeling sick (nausea)
  • Diarrhoea
  • Being sick (vomiting)

There's no specific cure for stomach bugs such as norovirus. You can treat yourself by resting at home and drinking plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.

For more information on norovirus, how it is spread and more, visit: Norovirus (vomiting bug) - NHS (

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