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The statement was released by Aneurin Bevan University as the hospital said it was “under sustained and unprecedented pressure”. The health board has declared a “business continuity incident”, also known as a black alert, which is the highest level of alert available.

An urgent message from the health board reads: ‘If you have a loved one in hospital who is deemed medically discharged, please consider bringing them home and looking after them.

“If your loved one is medically fit to be discharged, hospital is not the best place for them – they will recover better at home.

“If your loved one is medically fit to be discharged, our staff will contact you to discuss next steps.

“We are asking families to help in this way as it is better for their loved one and will free up hospital beds for sick patients who need to be admitted to hospital.”

A spokesperson told Wales Online that Grange University Hospital in Cwmbran was seeing “record numbers of attendances” and non-life-threatening patients were waiting more than 14 hours to see a doctor.

Saying there were ‘very few beds available’ in its hospitals, a statement from the health board asked patients to only come to the Grange if their condition was life-threatening or they had a serious injury .

The statement from the health board on Tuesday evening read: “The health board is under sustained and unprecedented pressure.

“Despite actions to try to stabilize our services today, we had to declare a state of ‘business continuity’.

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The hospital continued: ‘If you have a less serious injury, please visit one of our minor injury units in Newport, Abergavenny or Ystrad Mynach.

“If you need medical help, think carefully about the services you choose.”

A black alert is the most severe of the Operations Pressure Escalation Levels (OPEL), which is a method for the NHS to measure stress, demand and pressure.

NHS England classifies a black alert as a ‘serious incident’ meaning the system is under severe pressure, which could indicate the NHS is ‘unable to deliver comprehensive care’ and patient safety is at risk threatened.

The NHS usually declares a black alert if bed capacity is reached, if there are serious transfer delays where ambulances cannot offload their patients, or if the whole system experiences reduced staffing due to illness or extreme weather conditions.

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