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Aneurin Bevan University Health Board experiences 'busiest January on record'

The number of people being seen rose to 13,824.

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board says its hospitals have reported their busiest January on record.

The number of people being seen at A&E and Minor Injuries Units in the area in January 2019 increased by 12% from five years ago.

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Increase in the number of people being seen in A&E and Minor Injuries Units across Gwent since 2014.

The health board says the number of people accessing NHS services is on the rise due to an increased population and people living longer.

Executive Director of Operations at the Health Board, Claire Birchall, thanked staff for their hard work and patients for their "understanding and patience" during busy periods.

During the winter months, when our hospitals become congested and our community services are stretched, it makes it more difficult for us to move patients through the hospital system as quickly as we'd like to. The safety of our patients remains our priority - they will continue to receive a high standard of care should they need to access our services.

– Claire Birchall, Executive Director of Operations

The health board is asking the public to only consider visiting its Emergency Departments "if they really need to".