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Northern Ireland health trust in appeal to public as A&E 'extremely busy'

A Northern Ireland health trust has urged the public to only use its accident and emergency services after it was hit by an influx of people.

The Northern Health Trust said the Antrim Area Hospital emergency department was "extremely busy" with almost 90 people waiting in the facility on Monday evening.

"Please only go to the ED if you are very seriously ill or injured and need to be treated urgently," it said in a tweet.

The average waiting time for patients attending Antrim is 74 minutes.

The public are advised to only attend emergency departments for the most serious of medical incidents such as with sudden and acute illness or severe trauma, such as: suspected heart attack, suspected stroke, serious head injury or a serious accident Emergency healthcare.

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