Responding to the latest demand on NHS services, Darren Hughes, Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation said:
"There have been unprecedented levels of demand for NHS services across Wales, as well as the rest of the UK, due to high levels of very sick patients with serious health conditions needing urgent care. NHS staff are working tirelessly to ensure everyone gets the best possible care and to manage the pressure on the system.
The public can really help by using the right health service for their needs – A&E must only be used in an emergency. For example local pharmacies can provide advice and treatment for common ailments such as coughs and colds. If in any doubt, the Choose Well website has lots of useful information as well as a handy Symptom Checker if you’re unsure of what services are needed.
The enormous pressures facing the NHS re-emphasise the need to focus on early interventions and preventative measures and that people are accessing and using health services in the most appropriate way."