'I can go home and free up a bed'
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Morriston hospital patient waiting for discharge

After a record year for visits to A&E departments in Wales, new analysis by the BBC suggests hospitals in Wales are struggling to keep up with demand.

There are now regularly more than 1m attendances a year to Welsh urgent care departments - in a country with a population of just over 3m people.

And the numbers waiting more than four hours has jumped by more than two thirds (67.5%) in four years.

Morriston Hospital in Swansea has had periods where nearly half of patients arriving at A&E have been waiting longer than the four hour target.

It has introduced a new scheme for elderly patients, which looks to get them more mobile while they are in hospital - and speeding up their chances of getting home.

Richard Legg, 70, was admitted to A&E on Monday with chest pains and was waiting to be discharged after being kept in for observation.

He said he was happy to be freeing up a bed for patients who now needed it more than him.

  • 07 Dec 2017
  • From the section Wales
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