A Sussex hospital trust has urged people to only attend two hospitals if they have "life-threatening emergencies".

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust said that Worthing Hospital and St Richard's A&E department in Chichester are currently "extremely busy".

The hospital trust has said that staff are working "non-stop" to deal with these high patient levels.

A statement on the University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust Facebook page read: "Worthing and St Richard's A&E departments are currently extremely busy.

"Our staff are working tirelessly to care for patients.

"Please be kind and understanding if you attend one of our hospitals.

"Only attend A&E for life threatening emergencies. #HelpUsHelpYou."

Anyone who needs medical care that is not in a life-threatening condition can reach out to NHS 111 either online or by phone.

Help can be accessed on https://111.nhs.uk/ but people should continue to call 999 in emergencies.