The Northwest Ambulance Service has warned of delays because of the “large number of 999 calls”.
In a post on Twitter at 8.40pm on Friday, the service said “extremely serious emergencies” were a priority.
The service also warned that delays are expected this evening.
The Post said: “We are currently dealing with a large number of 999 calls and we are prioritizing the most serious emergencies.
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“If you don’t need an ambulance anymore, please let us know
“For immediate care advice, visit http://111.nhs.uk.”
The Writington, Wagon and Leah NHS Foundation Trust warned earlier today that the A&E department of Royal Albert Edward Infirmary was “too busy”.
In a Facebook post at 1:30 p.m., the trust said: “Our emergency department is very busy right now.
“Please attend A&E only for emergencies and fatalities.
“There are many services that can help you, think first. They will help you right away. # 111 First #Help.”