14 / 06 / 2016
Over the last ten years we have seen significant changes to the numbers and types of patients who attend our emergency departments.
A&E departments across Wales are seeing rising numbers of patients with several different medical conditions whose needs would be better met by medical doctors, rather than specialised A&E consultants.
Out of 60,089 attendances to the A&E department in Cwm Taf University Health Board’s Royal Glamorgan Hospital last year, more than 20,000 were for a range of different medical conditions.
In addition to the trauma and emergency cases traditionally seen in A&E, we are also seeing a significant and growing number of people with multiple health problems that can deteriorate very quickly.
It is these patients and minor injuries that now make up the biggest proportion of attendances at A&E.
The way we deliver emergency hospital care needs to change and we are embracing innovation in Cwm Taf to ensure we provide the most appropriate care for our patients.