Thou­sands wait­ing more than 12 hours in A&E

South Wales Evening Post - - LETTERS -

WALES Thou­sands of pa­tients in Wales have waited more than 12 hours for A&E treat­ment. More than 3,800 pa­tients across six of Wales’s health boards waited for longer than 12 hours in A&E de­part­ments in Septem­ber. Al­most half those pa­tients, a to­tal of 1,817, were in A&E de­part­ments run by Betsi Cad­wal­adr Univer­sity Health Board in North Wales. By con­trast, Abertawe Bro Mor­gan­nwg Univer­sity Health Board, which cov­ers ser­vices in Swansea, Brid­gend and Neath Port Tal­bot, had 588 pa­tients wait­ing longer than 12 hours, while Aneurin Be­van Health Board, which cov­ers New­port, Mon­mouthshire, Blae­nau Gwent and Caer­philly, had 450. Cwm Taf Health Board, which serves Merthyr Tyd­fil and Rhondda Cynon Taf, had 270 pa­tients in A&E wait­ing for longer than 12 hours, while Hy­wel Dda Health Board, which cov­ers Pem­brokeshire, Car­marthen­shire and Ceredi­gion, had 663. Cardiff and Vale Univer­sity Health Board, which has the Univer­sity Hospi­tal of Wales, the big­gest in the coun­try, among its ser­vices, had just 17 A&E pa­tients wait­ing longer than 12 hours in Septem­ber, and its emer­gency de­part­ments saw 90.3% of pa­tients within four hours. Betsi Cad­wal­adr Board, which saw 69.6% of its A&E pa­tients within four hours in Septem­ber, said it is work­ing to im­prove per­for­mance.

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