PEOPLE across Wales are being urged to stay safe and well and to remember emergency department staff are available if they need urgent help.

The number of people attending Welsh emergency departments has fallen by up to 50 per cent since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

But chief executive of NHS Wales, Dr Andrew Goodall has emphasised that emergency health services continue to be open for all those who need urgent care.

Patient safety within emergency departments has been prioritised and all measures to cleanse facilities are being taken to keep people safe.

Dr Goodall said: “Our message is clear – if it is urgent, don’t wait, don’t leave it too late.

“Our NHS services are available for the people of Wales – serious illnesses have not gone away because of coronavirus.

“We are urging people to call 999 or attend their local emergency departments if they are seriously worried about themselves, a child’s or family member’s condition.

“Providing emergency and urgent care for people who have non-coronavirus health issues continues to be a priority for us all.

“Our hospitals have stringent hygiene measures in place and well-rehearsed protocols to keep those with coronavirus or with symptoms separate from others.”

If you or a family member are seriously ill or injured, you should dial 999 or attend your nearest emergency department as soon as possible.

Life-threatening injuries and illnesses, which need immediate action include breathing problems, bleeding, severe pain, chest pain, stroke symptoms, and if a child or older person with an underlying condition becomes unwell.