FOLLOWING a fire at Bristol Oncology centre on Thursday, May 10, the region’s health system remains under pressure.

The service across South Gloucestershire, Bristol and North Somerset was stood down from its ‘major incident’ status on Monday, May 12, but services continue to be busy.

NHS organisations and services across the area are continuing to work together to ensure there is capacity to treat patients but all services are stretched.

Health leaders are continuing to urge patients to think carefully about the most appropriate services for their needs over the coming days.

A spokesperson for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group said: "If you need care urgently but it’s not an emergency, please consider alternative services such as your local minor injuries unit, or dial NHS 111 for advice and guidance.

"Our thanks are due to the extraordinary measures taken by the staff at UH Bristol who safely evacuated patients from the centre and to health and social care partners who worked tirelessly to ensure patient care continued to be delivered despite the disruption."