PEOPLE in Port Talbot with minor medical conditions are being urged to stay away from the Emergency Departments (A&E) at Morriston and the Princess of Wales hospitals, which are currently extremely busy dealing with the number of very poorly patients being admitted to hospital.
Patients with illnesses such as heart problems and serious chest conditions have been arriving as emergencies over the past 72 hours, putting pressure on services.
These patients are given priority over patients who are not emergencies, leading to delays for some other patients attending A&E, and some cancellations of planned operations.
“Members of the public with minor conditions are asked to consider alternative options for care,” said ABMU emergency medicine consultant Andy McNab. “Obviously the first port of call for most people would be to try to look after themselves, or to visit the chemist or their GP.
“We would also encourage people with minor injuries to consider visiting the minor injury units at Neath Port Talbot Hospital. The waiting time is often considerably shorter, so it is well worth the additional travel if people can make the journey.”
Over the past 72 hours the number of emergency medical patients being admitted for treatment has been around 15 to 20 per cent higher than normal, with several arriving by 999 ambulance in a critical condition, Mr McNab added.
“Please avoid coming to the Morriston or Princess of Wales hospitals’ emergency departments unless you really need to,” he said.
“Our staff are working hard to do all they can to minimise delays while ensuring they continue to deliver high quality care, and we are very grateful for their professionalism and hard work under pressure,” added ABMU chief operating officer Alex Howells.
The minor injury unit at Neath Port Talbot Hospital is open 24 hours, seven days a week.