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Ambulances are queuing outside a hospital because of a major alert which has left it with no beds available to new admissions.
The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is on "black alert" and has declared a major incident in order to discharge non-urgent patients.
In a statement, the hospital said 10 ambulances were waiting to admit patients with paramedics treating them.
It said all other general hospitals in the east were on the same alert level.
NNUH spokesman Andrew Stronach said there was no single incident that brought on the black alert.
"It's just general run of the mill problems, like chest pains, collapses, diarrhoea and vomiting."
The hospital said it was working with social services and other organisations to help move patients with less-severe medical conditions.
"As a result of the extreme pressure we are under, we have declared a major incident in order that all the agencies can take appropriate action to discharge patients and free-up beds," the statement added.
"The hospital is not closed, but we would also urge members of the public who have minor health problems not to attend A&E as staff are being kept extremely busy dealing with 999 patients with more serious health problems."