Responding to the latest NHS activity and performance statistics, Darren Hughes, director of the Welsh NHS Confederation, said:
“It’s clear to see Covid-19 continues to have a monumental impact on the delivery of health and care services across Wales – both directly and indirectly.
“We’re seeing sustained, high levels of demand for urgent and emergency care services whilst measures to keep our health settings safe are still massively reducing capacity to carry out planned and unplanned care.
“As we head into winter, there are plans in place that aim to ensure essential services can continue and the impact on planned care is minimised, where possible.
“Staff have had no let up and continue to do all they can to treat people, prioritising patients based on clinical need. We can’t thank them enough for all they’ve done for the people of Wales.
“We need everyone to do what they can to help this winter by looking after themselves, their friends and family, getting the flu jab and Covid booster when offered and use pharmacies and the NHS 111 online service for non-urgent healthcare.”