Doctors are urging people to use the free NHS 111 phone service to get the right advice this winter.
Health bosses warn that the number of people with flu and other winter-related conditions is putting hospital and GP services under strain, so people are being asked to use other services where possible.
Dr Mike Haugh, urgent care lead for South Devon & Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group, said: ‘We ask that people only visit Torbay Hospital’s emergency department
if they have a serious or life-threatening condition.
‘The fastest source of advice and support is the freephone service NHS 111, which is available 24 hours a day.
‘Callers speak to a trained adviser who is supported by healthcare professionals, and then they’re directed to the local service that can help you best.’