Beds crisis has eased slightly but health chiefs say Swansea Bay hospitals still very busy
THE beds crisis that has hit hospitals across the Swansea Bay area has started to ease.
But health chiefs said wards were still extremely busy and people should only attend A&E or call 999 if it was a genuine emergency.
Earlier this week Morriston's A&E department registered its busiest day on record with more than 300 people attending.
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board confirmed an additional 80 beds had been opened across the board area, while staff were working flexibly to provide safe care and minimal disruption.
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The board also confirmed some routine operations had been postponed.
An ABMU spokeswoman said today: "The situation has eased slightly since earlier in the week but we are still very busy.
"We are certainly not over the worst yet.
"We would still ask people to consider alternatives before attending A&E."
Those who have a minor injury or illness should consider self care, advice from NHS Direct or community support from local pharmacists.
For routine medical or dental care, people are asked to make an appointment with their GP or registered dentist. Only in serious emergencies should they consider calling 999 and asking for the ambulance service.