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Cardiff & Vale A&E delays due to 'exceptional demand'

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has also apologised to patients for delays in treatment, particular in the emergency unit at the University Hospital of Wales.

It says there has been "exceptional demand on our services", and "in some instances we have not met the standards we set ourselves."

We would like to apologise to anyone who has experienced any delay or discomfort during their care in recent days and assure them staff are doing all they can to meet the exceptional demand on our services.

The Emergency Unit at University Hospital of Wales has been under consistent pressure.

On Monday there were more than 455 attendances, the highest this year.

Of those 42% were major cases, patients with serious injury requiring complex and expert care.

The high demand and complexity of the patients we are treating has meant that in some instances we have not met the standards we set ourselves.

– Alice Casey, Chief Operating Officer for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Patients forced to wait in ambulances outside hospital

Some patients have been treated in ambulances outside Bronglais Hospital.

Hywel Dda University Health Board has apologised for forcing patients to wait in ambulances outside Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth.

Mark Brandreth, Director of Planning and Operations at the health board, said: "Any patient waiting in an ambulance is assessed, managed and treated according to their needs by our doctors and nurses."

Bosses say ambulance admissions across Wales are currently 22 percent higher than predictions for this time of year.

Some planned surgery has been postponed, to provide more resources to the emergency department.

The health board is asking people with minor injuries or illnesses to try other options, such as getting advice from a local pharmacist or GP, or using minor injury units, rather than going to Bronglais.

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