Northampton General Hospital has been forced to cancel non-urgent surgery for the second day running because of high numbers of emergency department patients.
A hospital spokesman said NGH continues to face significant pressure, and apologised for the delays being experienced by people attending its A&E department.
It is understood that planned surgery that is nevertheless urgent is unaffected.
He said: “We regret that it has been necessary to cancel non-urgent operations today. The situation is being closely monitored and patients who are due to be admitted over the coming days will be contacted by the hospital if there are any changes to their admission date.
“People living in Northampton and the surrounding area are asked to consider whether or not they need to come to A&E or if they should first seek advice from their pharmacist, GP or by telephoning 111.”
The hospital warned that anyone attending A&E with a non-urgent problem may be referred back to their GP or will face a much longer wait for treatment
as patients are being “prioritised according to their clinical need”.