Hospital's A&E Warning

Patients urged to stay away unless it's an emergency


Medics are warning patients to avoid going to Morriston Hospital’s A&E department unless it's an emergency.

It's as doctors struggle to cope with a large number of sick patients.

The hospital says they're taking longer to recover from illnesses and staying longer in hospital beds.

This had had a knock on effect to the Emergency Department as well as planned operations.

As staff prioritise dealing with the sickest patients, those arriving with less serious conditions are likely to face a longer wait.

Instead, they should contact their GP or pharmacist, or go to the Minor Injury Units (MIU) at Neath Port Talbot and Singleton hospitals. The MIUs provide excellent care for a range of less serious injuries and conditions, and waiting times are usually much shorter.

Staff are working flat out dealing with the high pressure at Morriston Hospital.

In order to cope with the additional pressure, routine and some urgent operations have had to be temporarily suspended.

A spokesperson said: "We apologise to patients whose surgery has been postponed, and we will reschedule as soon as possible.

"We fully understand that it is upsetting and frustrating for patients and their families if an operation does not go ahead as planned, and we only postpone planned treatment if it is completely unavoidable.

"Many of the emergency admissions at the moment involve a large number of frail, older, people; many with more than one health condition needing treatment. Because of the seriousness of their illnesses, they need a great deal of care which can take some time to administer. This is having a direct effect on the flow of patients through the hospital, and consequent admission delays.

"We are proactively trying to deal with pressures on our system. This year we are investing over £5.5m in a comprehensive range of improvements in our emergency and urgent care services.

"These include: increasing hospital bed capacity; providing additional support for patients at home before and after a hospital admission; ensuring the length of time a patient is in hospital is appropriate; plus increased availability of some diagnostic tests, senior staff and services at weekends.

"Patients can also support us by using the appropriate service for their illness or injury and making sure that ambulances are only called when needed."

If you have an illness or injury and aren’t sure what to do or where to go, details about local services can be found at:

  • wales.nhs.uk/abmchoosewell or telephone NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.
  • Self-care advice for minor ailments can be found at:
  • wales.nhs.uk and www.patient.co.uk or you can speak to your local pharmacist.
  • Self-care – for very minor illnesses such as a cold or sore throat
  • Local Pharmacist / Chemist – for advice on common illnesses and over the counter medicines to treat them.
  • GP Out of Hours Service –call 0330 123 9180 – available 6.30pm to 8am on weekdays, and 24 hours a day on weekends and bank holidays.
  • Minor Injury Unit, Singleton Hospital for any age group - treatment of conditions e.g. wounds, minor burns, sprains, skin complaints, animal bites, and urinary infection – open 8am – 8pm every day.
  • Minor Injury Unit, Neath Port Talbot Hospital– for adults and children over the age of one year - treatment of injuries such as fractures, dislocations, wounds, minor burns, assaults. Using stitches, dressings, casts, antibiotics and anti-inflammatories to treat injuries – open 24/7.



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