PEOPLE across Glasgow are being warned of A&Es being over capacity and queues creating 'bottlenecks' at hospital doors.

Dr Scott Davidson, Deputy Medical Director for Acute Services for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC), says that hospital staff are facing immense pressure to cope with the number of patients coming to Accident and Emergency. 

Dr Davidson said: “Our staff are working around the clock to make sure we continue to see the sickest patients coming to our A&Es but we’re over capacity.

"Services are stowed out, creating a bottleneck at the front door, and as a result, patients unfortunately are having to wait long periods of time to be treated."

The increase in the number of patients has been largely down to the backup of people holding off on visiting A&E because of the covid pandemic, and who are now sicker compared to previous pandemic spikes.

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Staff shortages have also contributed to the issue of busy hospitals.

Dr Davidson said: “I am truly humbled by the ongoing efforts of our staff – they’re working incredibly hard in the face of these challenges.

"From care provided in the community - HCSPs, GPs, and pharmacists - through to all the staff across hospital and acute sites – everyone is being forced to manage different and new demands."

Dr Davidson added: “We’re in summer and our A&Es are comparable, if not busier than we’d normally expect during the winter months.

"The pressures run throughout the service, with beds unavailable for ongoing treatment within our hospitals as we manage challenges.”

The clinician is urging people to consider using the NHS inform app or calling their GP to access a virtual A&E and only visit A&E if the situation is very urgent or life-threatening. 

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He said: “It’s absolutely crucial for the public to help us now by really considering how they access urgent care. Do you need to come to A&E or could you be better served elsewhere?

“Unless it’s life-threatening or very urgent, do not come to A&E. Use your pharmacy, phone your GP or call 111 to access NHSGGC’s virtual A&E.

"You might still face a wait to use these services, but for most people, you’ll be seen much faster than if you come to A&E.”

Anyone requiring medical attention should consider the following options:

  1. Visit the NHS Inform website:
  2. Call NHS24 on 111 
  3. Visit the NHSGGC website:


For life-threatening emergencies, the public should continue calling 999 or attending A&E.