HEALTH chiefs have cancelled all planned operations for a second successive day.

Hywel Dda Health Board says that, in the interest of patient safety, routine planned operations remain cancelled today (Tuesday, January7) at Bronglais, Glangwili, Prince Philip and Withybush hospitals.

A health authority statement said: "The exception to this is emergency surgery and urgent cases wherever possible, as well as most day surgery, with the exception of Bronglais Hospital. All outpatient appointments are continuing as normal.

“We are contacting patients affected directly so please attend as planned if you do not hear from us. Otherwise, please do not contact our appointments or outpatient teams unless absolutely necessary as they are very busy at this time.

“This situation remains challenging with the Health Board operating in line with our escalation procedures to help manage patient flow and maintain patient safety.

“This includes commissioning additional areas to accommodate patients who require overnight care and support from senior clinicians, managers and other staff not initially rostered to work over the weekend to support the review and care of patients.”