Coronavirus: 60% fewer young people going to A&E
Executive chief of the Welsh NHS Andrew Goodall said 60% fewer children and young adults were seeking help in A&E.
The total attendance was down by a third in May.
Dr Goodall said that some are going to A&E later than they should, leading to further health complications.
Meanwhile he disclosed that the most of the people in critical care beds in Wales are not infected with coronavirus.
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He told the daily Welsh Government coronavirus briefing, “it is more crucial that people with potentially urgent conditions should come to hospital when they need help.”
“We would employ parents who are concerned their children may need urgent care to dial 111 or 999 in an emergency.”
He also added that the attendances for over-75s had also fallen by 40%.
Coronavirus: 60% fewer young people going to A&E. He said that emergency departments workers had reported there are increase in people, “with anxiety or emotional distress and people who have presented later than they should, leading to additional complication of health”.
Mr Goodall said less than 100 people were tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, and many council areas in Wales were now reporting less than five new confirmed cases in a day.
There are over 1000 people in hospital, with around 300 people of those recovering, and 42 people being treated in critical care.
“The number of new cases have been steadily declining every day since the beginning of April, even though we are doing twice as many tests,” he said.
“The number of people dying from coronavirus has been reducing since the middle of April, and most people who have had coronavirus have not needed hospital treatment.”
Mr Goodall stated that around a third of acute hospital beds are empty – lower than last week and he said this was continuing to reduce “because we are experiencing a return to normal activity in NHS”.
He added, “most people that’s being treated in critical care now are not infected, which shows more NHS work is taking place”.