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Routine planned surgery suspended across North Wales

All routine planned surgery is postponed at hospitals in North Wales. Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board says an increase in demand for emergency care in its hospitals across North Wales has led to "significant pressures".

Routine planned surgery suspended at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Glan Clwyd and Wrexham Maelor Hospitals

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board says an increase in demand for emergency care in its hospitals across North Wales has led to "significant pressures".

Many of the patients we have been admitting to hospital have complex multiple health problems and have been elderly and frail. This means they are having to stay in hospital for longer periods. This has led to increased pressure on beds, and the risk of delays for other patients needing emergency care.

– Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Some surgery will now be suspended to relieve the strain on hospitals. The health board added that the situation is being reviewed "on a daily basis".

As part of our normal escalation procedures for dealing with such pressures, the Health Board has therefore decided to reduce routine planned surgery at the three hospitals for this week. Urgent operations, such as those for patients with cancer, will still go ahead as will eye surgery and orthopaedic surgery at Abergele Hospital and day case procedures.

– Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

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