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Summary

  1. BBC Wales reported live from the emergency unit of UHW on 28 January 2015 as part of Health Check Wales
  2. In December 2014, Welsh A&E figures were the worst since October 2009
  3. Official NHS figures showed 74.5% of patients were seen in the Emergency Unit within four hours
  4. The target for seeing patients within four hours is 95%
  5. UHW is Wales' busiest emergency department
  6. 10,277 patients sought help at UHW's Emergency Unit in December

Live Reporting

By David Grundy, Ben Frampton and Natalie Grice

All times stated are UK

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That brings our live coverage from the emergency unit at the University Hospital of Wales to a close.

@BBCRadioWales

tweets: Consultant nurse Louise Poley tells #morningcall high percentage of those admitted to UHW Emergency Unit have alcohol related complaints.

Sharon O'Brien
BBC

Sharon O'Brien says: "The unit's still full. But things have calmed down a bit now.

"The patients who were in resuscitation, the man with a stab wound and the elderly lady with breathing difficulties, are both stable and having tests and scans."

David Grundy

BBC Wales News

The man with a stab wound was sent for a CT scan and is now in a stable condition back in the resuscitation bay.

Sharon O'Brien, one of the senior nurses, told Oliver Hides on Morning Call: "The patient was treated as major trauma. But the patient is stable at the moment. He'll now go for further X-rays and CT scans."

David Grundy

BBC Wales News

The man with a stab wound to his chest has left the resuscitation unit and has been moved to the Medical Assessment Unit (MAU).

David Grundy

BBC Wales News

Staff at bed
BBC

The man with a stab wound to his chest is now in a stable condition.

David Grundy

BBC Wales News

The stab victim who was brought to the emergency unit from the Caerphilly area is currently in a stable condition.

He suffered a stab wound to the left side of his chest and staff are carrying out further examinations to see if he has any further injuries.

@BBCRadioWales

tweets: Roland from Newport called #MorningCall to say abuse hospital staff in Wales and England face is disgraceful.

Adam Cairns, chief executive of Cardiff and Vale UHB, told BBC Radio Wales: "There is a mistaken belief that emergency units are all about trauma.

"There is trauma. But by far and wide the people we treat are usually older people who are unwell. Our picture of who goes to A&E has changed over the years."

Earlier this morning, Wayne Parsons told Good Morning Wales about the four ambulances bringing patients to the emergency unit.

He said: "We've had a nasty ankle injury and cardiac chest pain being looked at now and there's two more on the way. But we're quite calm and quite smooth at the moment.

"Usually, that's the pressures we seen day in day out, we juggle with sick patients. I think the good thing about it being free at the point of care is that everyone gets seen."

Hospital staff
BBC

Staff are preparing for the arrival of a patient with stab wounds.

The phone has just rung at resuscitation unit and staff say they are preparing for the arrival of patient with stab wounds.

@CV_UHB

tweets: Morning Call about to take place with Ruth Walker, Exec Director of Nursing and Louise Poley, consultant nurse Substance Misuse #cavonair

Police car
BBC

Figures obtained by the BBC show police had to take patients to Welsh accident and emergency units

more than 100 times in December.

@CV_UHB

tweets: Great interview with Chief Executive on how we manage pressure and flow @CV_UHB #cavonair

David Grundy

BBC Wales News

Wayne Parsons says the emergency unit is now full again until there is some movement in the medical assessment unit.

David Grundy

BBC Wales News

Wayne Parsons, senior nurse, says the patients brought here by ambulance at around 08:00 are being treated for chest pains, ankle injury and chest pains.

David Grundy

BBC Wales News

Staff are preparing the resuscitation bays for patients who have arrived by ambulance.

Resus
BBC

David Grundy

BBC Wales News

Ambulances
BBC

Four ambulances have now arrived at the emergency unit.

Sharon Hopkins
BBC

@BBCRadioWales

tweets: Dr Sharon Hopkins tells #GMWales there is lots more that people can do to make sure they stay well #bbchealthwales

Dr Richard Evans
BBC

Dr Richard Evans, clinical board director for medicine, told Good Morning Wales that they had a lot of cases of flu coming through the door, adding: "It seems Cardiff peaked a bit earlier than elsewhere."

He said the emergency unit was largely designed to run at full capacity but it depended on the flow through it at the other end, either people going home or being admitted into the hospital.

@CV_UHB

tweets: Physiotherapist Geraint Jones gets older people back on their feet and out of hospital @BBCRadioCymru #cavonair

Geraint Jones
Cardiff and Vale

David Grundy

BBC Wales News

The first ambulance has arrived. The patient is being assessed by triage staff.

David Grundy

BBC Wales News

Another emergency ambulance is on its way to the emergency unit. Staff are getting ready.

Sister Anna Sussex
BBC

Sister Anna Sussex

talks about the pressures emergency units are under.

David Grundy

BBC Wales News

Staff have been told than an ambulance is en route with an emergency. ETA 20 minutes. Senior nurse Wayne Parsons tells Good Morning Wales that the ambulance is about 6 miles away.

David Grundy

BBC Wales News

If a patient needs to stay in hospital after being treated at the emergency unit, they are taken to the Medical Assessment Unit (MAU). At 01:00, there were 28 more patients waiting in MAU than they could find beds for.

By 04:00, the MAU had found beds for 12 of these 28 patients.

Helen Birtwhistle
BBC

Helen Birtwhistle, director of the Welsh NHS Confederation, told Good Morning Wales: "There are many people who, if we were able to provide different types of services, wouldn't go to A&E in the first place.

"We've all know for some time the system is outdated. We're working in a system that's 50 years old. Society has moved on from that, we need to move on from that."

Ambulances
BBC

We are behind the scenes at the emergency unit on the day

new figures are released showing how many ambulances in Wales hit target response times for the most urgent calls.

BBC Radio Wales

tweets: #GMWales now: Ollie live at the resuscitation unit at UHW, where the sickest patients are taken for treatment

David Grundy

BBC Wales News

Eight patients who came here were sent to see their out-of-hours GPs. Staff say there were four patients they wanted to send to see out-of-hours GPs but they could not accept them because they were too busy.

David Grundy

BBC Wales News

Staff in emergency unit
BBC

After declaring the emergency unit full at 01:30, it stayed that way until 03:30, staff said.

David Grundy

BBC Wales News

Staff have treated 104 patients overnight, which is around 20 fewer than a "normal night".

David Grundy

BBC Wales News

34 ambulances brought patients to the emergency unit overnight. It is usually about 40.

Owain Clarke

BBC Wales health correspondent

The emergency unit at the hospital declared itself full at 01:30 GMT which meant every available bed was occupied - but staff called it a relatively quiet night.

Good morning and welcome to our live page from the emergency unit at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.