MORE than 100 'regulars' to Barnsley Hospital's accident and emergency department have been warned to consider their actions.

David Peverelle, chief operating officer at the hospital, said 115 people visited the hospital ten times each in the last year.

He said: "These figures are clearly a cause for concern.

"Although some of these patients may be returning with major illnesses, others will be attending who could be treated more appropriately at another health care facility."

Statistics show in one week there were 444 emergency admissions - 154 people had to wait more than four hours to be admitted due to pressure on the department and 55 people had to wait between four and 12 hours on a trolley.

Mr Peverelle added: "We would like to remind patients that the department is for emergencies only.

"We ask that patients seriously consider if they could be treated more appropriately elsewhere, for example at their GP surgery or even their local pharmacy."