NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has appealed to the public to consider alternatives to accident and emergency (A&E) unless in very urgent or life-threatening situations.

The call comes as last Monday’s A&E demand was 15 per cent higher than Tuesday to Friday.

This heightened spike, which is often seen at weekends, often results in patients experiencing longer waits in busy A&Es.

Dr Scott Davidson, deputy medical director for NHSGGC, said: "We understand A&E is the first place many people think of going when they get injured or feel unwell over a weekend.

"However, unless it’s very urgent or life threatening, they will mostly likely be treated quicker if they seek another pathway more suited to their needs.

“An example might be to call NHS24 on 111 for a minor injury such as an ankle sprain, cut and broken wrist.

"You’ll either receive advice on how to treat the injury at home through our virtual A&E service, or you may be provided with an appointment time for you to attend a minor injuries clinic.

"Any waiting is done in the comfort of your own home rather than a busy waiting room.”

NHSGGC is encouraging the public to apply the ABC approach to care: Ask yourself if you need to leave home for treatment; Be aware of localised help such as GPs, pharmacies, dentists, or opticians; and Call 111: if it's urgent or if you're unsure, call NHS 24 on 111.

Unless it’s an emergency, the organisation is urging the public to think ABC before going to A&E.