Wales’ Emergency Department performance the worst it’s ever been and an author from North Wales is reflecting on Wrexham AFC’s Hollywood takeover.
Public Health Wales is urging caution when attending festivals and mass gatherings. They want to reiterate that Covid has not gone away, and that it is important that attendees take precautions to avoid the transmission of the virus.
Dr Eleri Davies, an Incident Director at Public Health Wales, said:
“As restrictions ease across the UK, and festivals and other mass gatherings start again, we’re aware that many people will want to attend and enjoy them after many months being unable to do so.
“While the vaccination programme has reduced the levels of hospitalisation and fatalities, the virus is still circulating in our communities.
Emergency department crisis
Emergency department figures published for July show the worst four-hour performance ever recorded for the second consecutive month.
July 2021 saw the worst four-hour performance since records began, with only 60.7% of patients admitted, transferred, or discharged within four hours.
This figure is 1.1 percentage points lower than the previous lowest figure 61.8, recorded in June 2021.
The figures suggest that over 27,000 patients were delayed by four hours or more, with 1 in 10 in A&E for over 12 hours.
The Royal College of Emergency Medicine Wales, said: “ The current pressures on staff and departments are unrelenting.
“The government must look on the data, the record Emergency Department attendances and deteriorating performance, the record numbers of patients waiting for surgery, the pressures on GPs, and realise that without a comprehensive plan and substantial support there is a threat that the health service, in the face of a harsh winter, may not be able to cope.“
From Hollywood to Wrexham
Anglesey-based author Andrew Foley-Jones has been reflecting on the extraordinary circumstances that led to two Hollywood stars taking over his beloved Wrexham AFC.
His latest story, It’s Almost Always Never Sunny This Side of Wrexham, mirrors the take over by Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenny.