Our Emergency Departments are extremely busy at present

Please be aware that our Emergency Departments are extremely busy at present.  If you attend and are not seriously unwell you will be facing lengthy waits.
 
If you think you need treatment please consider using one of our Minor Injury Units in either Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan or at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr.  If you are unsure where is best for you to attend please use our online symptom checker or call the 111 service.
 
We have also seen a number of people attend our Emergency Departments with flu type symptoms. If you think you might have flu please check your symptoms using the NHS Direct Wales symptom checker.
 
Most people with flu do not need to visit their GP and will usually recover from it in about a week. However, you should also seek medical advice if your symptoms are getting worse or haven’t improved after a week.
 
Flu is a serious illness which can cause complications like bronchitis, pneumonia, meningitis and inflammation of the brain. If you think you have flu and are pregnant or have a long term health condition or are aged 65 or over, or if it is your child that is unwell, call your GP surgery to discuss the symptoms as soon as possible as there is an increased risk of complications and they may prescribe antiviral medicines to help. You should also seek medical advice if your symptoms are getting worse or haven’t improved after a week.
 
If you think you have flu please remember to rest, keep warm, drink plenty of fluids and take paracetamol or ibuprofen and also avoid contact with vulnerable individuals while you have symptoms.