Business as usual for Wrexham Maelor hospital

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DESPITE the treacherous conditions, Wrexham Maelor hospital did not see an upsurge in accident and emergency admissions on Tuesday night or yesterday.

A spokesman for the North Wales NHS Trust confirmed that, if anything, the number of people seeking urgent treatment had decreased.

Patients booked to attend non-urgent appointments were advised not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

Spokesman Andy Scotson said: “We have not had any real problems. It has been quite quiet because people cannot get in.

“A number of staff have been delayed or have not been able to get in but this has been matched by a decrease in the number of patients.”

At one point, it had looked as if doctors would have to cancel all clinic appointments and elective surgery, but Mr Scotson said this proved not to be the case.

He said: “I’m not aware of it, but there may have been some specialists who weren’t able to get in to see patients. Apart from that we are operating as normal.”

The North Wales Ambulance Service received 158 calls between 5pm on Tuesday night and 7am yesterday morning across the region.

A spokesman said: “We would ask the public not to call 999 unless it is a genuine emergency.

“If you need advice, please call the NHS Direct Wales line on 0845 46 47.”

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