Ben Hill, emergency service matron, said: “This Christmas and New Year, help keep Royal Surrey’s A&E for those who really need it.
“We all like to enjoy ourselves with family and friends over the festive period and if you choose wisely you may be able to avoid spending time with us unnecessarily.
“If you feel unwell and are unable to manage at home or a long standing condition flares up, do not forget your GP services are available outside of surgery hours.
“You will usually be directed to an out-of-hours service or advised to call NHS 111.
“For diarrhoea, runny noses, painful cough, sore throat, hangovers, skin rashes or a headache, try your pharmacist first.
“There will be some pharmacies open on the Bank Holidays, but you are advised to call and check.”
“In a real emergency you should attend A&E, but if you have a minor injury or ailment you may have to wait as we do prioritise patients according to clinical need.”