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Restarting our hospital services

The health board is reaching out to all patients whose operations have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic as we seek to restart as much planned surgery as possible.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic the health board has had to cancel the vast amount of surgery we provide so that our staff and resources could be redeployed in our acute hospitals.  Sadly, this has had a significant impact on patients who have been waiting to have a routine operation – for which we wish to express our deepest apologies.

While we cannot yet give a conclusive answer as to when routine surgery will be restarted, our aim is to bring back as much as we can within the constraints of the ongoing pandemic, recognising that further waves of the COVID-19 virus are still possible. The exception to this remains surgery for those who are deemed clinically urgent and patients on cancer pathways, which we have continued to carry out throughout the pandemic.

In the meantime we are offering access to a range of online resources developed by clinicians at Hywel Dda so that patients can help to manage their conditions while they wait – this can be accessed here: Preparing for Treatment - Lifestyle advice - Hywel Dda University Health Board (

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