Hywel Dda cancels planned operations, due to pressure from high number of ambulance attendances.
HYWEL Dda Health Board is asking people to help them reduce pressures experienced by hospitals - after they had to cancel planned operations.
The board's four main hospitals – Prince Philip, Llanelli, Glangwili, Carmarthen, Bronglais, Aberystwyth and Withybush, Haverfordwest, are currently experiencing a high number of ambulance attendances and admissions.
Mark Brandreth, director of planning and operations, said: "Hospitals across Wales are very busy today, dealing with many poorly patients. "For example there has been unprecedented ambulance attendances at Welsh hospitals, currently 22 per cent above prediction for this time of year.
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"In order to manage these patients we have taken immediate action including postponing some planned surgery so that clinical resources can support the demand in our Emergency Departments.
"The Health Board has increased the number of ward beds available as far as we can and our staff are working extremely hard and flexibly, for which we are very grateful.
"We are also working with our partners to ensure that patients are not delayed in moving out of hospital and into more appropriate care."
The board is urging people to consider what treatment they need, as part of the Choose Well scheme.
Those who have a minor injury or illness should consider self care, advice or community support from local pharmacists.
For routine medical or dental care, people are asked to make an the GP or registered dentist.
"If you need urgent health care for your physical and mental health, phone your GP Surgery or the GP out of hours service," said a spokeswoman.
"Some areas also have minor injury services."
Only in serious emergencies should you consider calling 999 and asking for the ambulance service, or attend the nearest Accident and Emergency department.