South East Wales

'Avoid A&E' plea at Royal Gwent and Nevill Hall hospitals

Royal Gwent Hospital Image copyright Robin Drayton/Geograph

People have been asked to avoid two "extremely busy" hospital emergency departments in south east Wales this weekend unless they have a serious illness or injury.

There could be long delays at the units at the Royal Gwent in Newport and Nevill Hall in Monmouthshire, Aneurin Bevan health board said.

A high number of emergency cases has followed a busy week, the board said.

Staff are prioritising "very sick patients", a spokeswoman said.

The board said people should consider calling NHS Direct Wales or out-of-hours GP service, visit a pharmacist or the minor injury unit at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr in Ystrad Mynach.

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