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Take care over the festive season to ensure you are not one of them
The latest NHS activity and performance statistics show the highest number of people going to an accident and emergency department per day in any November since statistics were first published in 2006.
More than 82,500 people went to A&E in the month of November 2017, an increase of just over 2,660 compared to November 2016. Over the year to November 2017, the number of visits was up 5.0 per cent on the same time in 2013.
Vanessa Young, Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation said:
“Staff around the NHS in Wales are working hard to cope with increased demand for services coupled with looking after patients more complex care needs.
“This winter, Health Boards are encouraging people to help manage demand on emergency services by taking care of themselves and asking them to seek help from other local services before they make a trip to the A&E department.
“Do the simple things - make sure you get your repeat prescriptions before the holiday break so you don’t run out. If you are around someone with vomiting or diarrhoea, wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Visit your local pharmacy first for help with coughs and colds, ear aches, headaches and digestive problems over the festive period.
“Across the NHS we encourage you to look at the Choose Well website so that you and your family get the best treatment, leaving busy NHS services like A&E available for the people who need them the most.”