HOSPITAL bosses say they are not allowing anymore visitors today after reaching capacity.

The Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust has released a statement saying Basildon Hospital is "extremely busy" due to a high number of patients who need care.

The trust says this includes a "small but increasing number" of Covid patients.

Visitors to the hospital were also turned away on Tuesday because of the high volume of patients.

A spokesman added: "We are working hard to see people as quickly as possible in our emergency department, and to make sure there are beds for those who need them in the hospital.

"While we work to improve the situation we would ask anyone who doesn’t need emergency care to call 111 and look for alternative options.

"All hospital services are continuing to operate, but with such a busy hospital environment we are also asking visitors to not attend so we can ensure social distancing in all of our wards and departments to keep our patients and staff safe.

"With the exception of end of life patients, those with learning difficulties, maternity and paediatrics we are no longer allowing visitors."