Hospitals across Swansea Bay giving priority to urgent operations as bed crisis continues
HOSPITALS are giving priority to urgent operations and postponing routine surgery as the beds crisis continues to play havoc.
Although the situation has reportedly eased in the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and Hywel Dda areas, wards still remain extremely busy.
Earlier this week, Morriston's A&E department registered its busiest day on record with more than 300 people attending. ABMU confirmed an additional 80 beds had been opened across the board area, while staff were working flexibly to provide safe care and minimal disruption.
The board also confirmed some routine operations had been postponed.
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An ABMU spokeswoman said: "The situation has eased slightly since earlier in the week but we are still very busy. We are certainly not over the worst yet."
The spokeswoman said that, although routine elective surgery had been cancelled, as far as possible hospitals had continued with clinically important elective surgery such as cancer
"We have been able to carry on with some routine elective work by utilising our day case and short stay facilities as these can't be used for emergency patients," she said.
"As this week has been very busy we are not planning to admit routine electives on Monday, but will review the situation after the weekend with regard to the rest of the week.
"We will continue to prioritise admitting those patients who require clinically urgent operations."
A Hywel Dda spokeswoman added: "Our hospitals remains busy but our activity in the past 24 hours was more within the levels we expect for this time of year."
People are being asked to seek advice from NHS Direct or a pharmacist and only attend A&E departments or call 999 if it is a genuine emergency.