Hospitals in snow-hit Berkshire have cancelled all non-emergency operations, as the travel turmoil that has hit road, rail and air services continues.
Patients have been told not to turn up for appointments at Royal Berkshire Hospital and Berkshire Community Hospital today, as staff struggle to make it into work. Only emergency surgery and cancer treatments are taking place.
Routine outpatient appointments have also been cancelled at Heatherwood Hospital in Bracknell and Wexham Park Hospital in Slough.
The hospitals said in a statement: "Our A&E department has also been very busy, and we would ask that people only come to A&E in a critical or life threatening situation."
All hospital services run by Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust, which covers one of the regions worst hit by last night's blizzards, are running as normal today.
"Groundsmen have been clearing the site roads round the clock, staff have stayed overnight to be here for shifts this morning and others worked through the night," the trust said in a statement.
The wintry conditions that forced hundreds of drivers to abandon their cars in the Home Counties and Hampshire continued to take their toll on travellers this morning, with more roads closed.
The AA said it had had its busiest night for breakdowns in 25 years and that by 8am it had around 6,500 breakdowns pending, with 700 coming in every hour.
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