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Extreme pressure across hospital sites

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October 2023

Our hospitals continue to be extremely busy with many sick patients and continuing high demand for emergency and urgent care.

This means patients are waiting longer than we would want them to. We are working hard with colleagues, particularly from the Welsh Ambulance Services Trust, and local authorities, and we are seeing patients with the highest clinical needs first.

You may be able to help: 

  • If you have a friend, family member or loved one who is medically well enough to be discharged from hospital, please help us by coming to pick them up promptly. This will allow us to admit people waiting for a hospital bed. 
  • Only attend an Emergency Department if you have a life-threatening illness or serious injury, such as: 
    • Severe breathing difficulties 
    • Severe pain or bleeding 
    • Chest pain or a suspected stroke 
    • Serious trauma injuries (eg. from a car crash) 
  • If you have a less serious injury then please visit one of our Minor Injury Units. They can treat adults and children over 12-months of age, with injuries such as:
    • Minor wounds 
    • Minor burns or scalds 
    • Insect bites 
    • Minor limb, head, or face injuries 
    • Foreign bodies in the nose or ear 
  • We have minor injury or walk-in services at Cardigan Integrated Care Centre, and Tenby Hospital, as well as at our main acute hospitals. For opening hours, please check our website: Urgent and out of hours (opens in new tab)
  • If you are feeling unwell today and need support, please access the NHS Wales 111 symptom checker online: NHS 111 Wales (opens in new tab) 
  • Many community pharmacies can also provide walk-in, common ailment or triage and treat services without an appointment. You can find out more here: Pharmacy - Hywel Dda University Health Board (opens in new tab)

 Thank you for your continued support as always.