DOCTORS at Airedale Hospital are asking people where possible to avoid using A&E today (Saturday, October 28) when maintenance work is taking place on the IT system.

Internal and external computer connections at the Steeton site, including internet access and public WiFi, will be affected for about six hours.

Bosses warn the move could cause delays, but they stress there will be no impact on standards of care and treatment.

Dr Paul Jennings, clinical director and consultant in emergency medicine, said: "We're asking all patients to think carefully before coming to A&E.

"Members of the public can help by making sure that if they do choose to come to A&E for treatment, that it is the best place for them to get the right care as soon as possible.

"Our Emergency Department is for accidents and emergencies only, such as severe chest pain, difficulty breathing, significant head injuries and broken bones.

"Using an alternative to A&E when you aren't seriously ill – such as calling NHS 111, seeing your GP or visiting your community pharmacist – could mean you end up waiting less time to receive care."