More than 200 people a day have been to the Canberra Hospital emergency department in the past week, prompting a reminder from ACT Health for people to visit only if there is an emergency.
Figures show there have been 1436 presentations to Canberra Hospital ED in the past week.
In the first half of the month, the department dealt with more than 5700 people.
ACT Health director-general Peggy Brown said there were 11,395 ED presentations last month.
She urged Canberrans to save the ED for genuine medical emergencies.
The call comes after Canberra Hospital revealed last month the hospital had been operating with an average occupancy rate of 95 per cent this year.
Dr Brown warned ED visits were growing at a higher rate than Canberra's overall population growth, which was placing "enormous pressure" on resources primarily used to treat medical emergencies.
She said ACT Health was encouraging people with non-life threatening or non-limb threatening injuries to use alternative services such as walk-in centres at the Tuggeranong or Belconnen community health centres, their GP, healthdirect or CALMS or the National Home Doctor Service for non-urgent after hours care.
Canberrans can also view current activity levels at Calvary and Canberra hospital emergency departments by visiting www.health.act.gov.au/LiveEDactivity.
Dr Brown said people who were seriously ill and had a medical emergency should still call 000.
For all non-life or non-limb threatening injuries, Canberrans should use any of the following services:
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