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Warning to think twice about attending hospital emergency departments

Staff have been brought in off their holidays in response to increased demand Credit: PA

Hospitals in north Wales say they are facing 'extremely high levels of demand' and have urged people to think twice about attending A&E departments.

A short while ago it's estimated that there were four ambulances outside Wrexham, six outside Glan Clwyd with two more en route to the hospital with two ambulances outside Ysbyty Gwynedd.

In response we have opened additional beds at all our acute hospitals, but the number of extra beds that we can open is limited by the number of nursing staff that are available to safely cover these extra spaces.

We are very grateful to nursing colleagues who are working extra shifts and coming in from annual leave to ensure that we can keep patients safe. We are also working closely with colleagues in local authorities and our other partners to try to minimise any delays in discharging patients who are ready to leave hospital.

– Nigel Lee, Director of Secondary Care
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