AMBULANCES were sent away from a hospital because there were no beds available for incoming patients.

Those requiring treatment at Wrexham Maelor yesterday were instead sent to other hospitals across the region due to the pressure on inpatient beds.

A spokesman for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board said steps were taken after admissions increased in the last fortnight – but added there was no particular reason for the rise.

He said those in need of urgent medical treatment would be seen at the Maelor, but then transferred to another hospital once their condition had stabilised.

Those with non-life threatening injuries were taken straight to other hospitals.
Speaking yesterday, the board’s corporate support manager Andy Scotson said:

“The hospital is full, in terms of its beds, so we are struggling to get patients out of A&E and elsewhere in the hospital.”

He added: “We are reviewing the situation frequently. So far we have not had to cancel any patients due to come in for surgery.”

Mr Scotson said the hospital had faced above average levels of admissions, especially among medical patients, over a period of about two weeks.

He added: “Because of this, this morning ambulances have been diverting to Glan Clwyd hospital so we can make sure that patients who need a hospital bed can be admitted without undue delay.

“Where necessary, patients who need very urgent care will still be brought into the emergency department at Wrexham to be stabilised before they are transferred.

“It really depends on exactly what is wrong with them.

“We would try and stabilise them here, but it depends on the urgency of their care. It’s a constant juggling act.

“If they needed urgent life saving care they would get that, but someone in need of less immediate attention would be taken elsewhere.”

He added: “It also depends on geography. If it was someone from Mold they might be taken to Chester or Glan Clwyd, whereas someone from South Wrexham might go to Shrewsbury.”