Local people may have been affected by the current situation at Queen Alexandra Hospital which has been inundated with unprecedented demand at its emergency department.

In order to reduce the pressure on this department, it is important to remember that there are a number of other options before resorting to A&E – for example, the 111 service, out of hours services and local walk-in treatment centres.

The minor injuries unit at Gosport War Memorial Hospital (Bury Road, Gosport, PO12 3PW) is open from 8am to 9pm every day. This local facility treats injuries such as cuts and grazes, sprains and strains, broken bones and fractures, bites and stings, infected wounds, minor head injuries and minor eye problems. Experienced NHS nurses are there to treat any such problems.