The first week of the school holidays saw more people attend A&E than in the typical busy winter months.
Bedford Hospital said it saw more than 836 patients, some of whom should have gone to a pharmacist or GP.
Dr Fran Ross, Bedfordshire CCG Urgent Care Lead, said: “In Bedfordshire, a GP is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When the GP is closed, ring the surgery’s out of hours phone number, or check their website to find out where to go or what to do.”
Lead consultant for Bedford Hospital’s A&E department Stuart Lloyd added: “Due to the demand in our department, this does mean that those with less serious symptoms will have to wait longer, so please remember that emergency medicine is just that – an emergency.”
For further information NHS services go to www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk