There are currently 41 Covid-19 patients being treated at the Royal Bolton Hospital, eight of whom are in intensive care.
It comes as coronavirus infections in Bolton continue to skyrocket, largely due to the prevalence of the so-called Indian variant.
Andy Ennis, deputy managing director of the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said Monday “was one of the busiest days we have ever had in our emergency department”.
“People have a range of issues and the staff work very hard to make sure they get all the care they need as quickly and efficiently as possible,” he added.
Because of the pressure on his services, the hospital said it was taking “urgent action” to make sure he was not overwhelmed. As a result, he told people to attend A&E only if absolutely necessary.
Advocacy comes before the bank holiday weekend and midterm, both of which are typically busy times for the NHS.
Bolton currently has the highest coronavirus infection rate in England, with an average of 450.7 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days leading up to May 20 – significantly higher than the level seen the week before.
The government quietly changed its guidelines for these eight areas last week, advising against non-essential travel inside or outside of them.
Local residents of these places have also been encouraged to meet people outdoors where possible and take two free Covid-19 tests each week.
After the change of advice was revealed by Bolton newsPhantom Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth, whose Leicester constituency is also affected, called the guidelines “stealthy local lockdowns”.
Speaking on Tuesday, he denounced the government for not announcing its new policies, saying it was “insulting” for his constituents not to be informed of the new restrictions.
Likewise, her Labor colleague Yasmin Qureshi, MP for South East Bolton, tweeted that it was “another kick in the teeth” for her town, which she believes has been “treated with contempt” by the government. throughout the pandemic.
Responding to criticism, Downing Street said the guidelines were “not statutory” and that she had deliberately chosen to avoid “top-down decrees”.
Additional reports by the PA