The Royal Glamorgan Hospital, near Llantrisant, is currently ‘unable to accommodate any routine elective surgery’
A hospital has been forced to cancel all routine surgical operations due to severe pressures on its A&E department, the health board has confirmed.
Cwm Taf University Health Board says the emergency department at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, near Llantrisant , is experiencing very high demands today.
As a result, only patients with "suspected or known" cancer will be undergoing operations.
It means patients who were booked in for other procedures, such as hip replacements, have had their operations postponed.
Craige Wilson, assistant director of operations at Cwm Taf which covers Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr, said: "We have had to cancel elective routine surgery today because of a high level of emergency admissions, but we fully expect to start carrying out planned surgery again within the next 24/48 hours.
"Routine surgery is being carried out at Royal Glamorgan Hospital, but during January and February clinical emergencies have needed to take priority which have resulted in some routine procedures being cancelled.
"We apologise to patients who have had their procedure cancelled but we are making every effort to reschedule them as soon as possible.
"As with other hospitals we are experiencing increased activity due to the winter months but escalation levels vary from day to day during this period."
Pensioner David Watkins, from Porth, Rhondda, was expecting to undergo a hip operation today at the orthopaedic ward of the Royal Glamorgan only to be told it was cancelled.
The 80-year-old grandfather had been waiting for the operation since June.
The army veteran said: "I’ve been in a distressed state for months. I have to climb upstairs on my hands and knees and my sleep is awful.
"I was all ready to go to the hospital. I’ve got all these gadgets in my home ready for when I return. I’ve even changed my chairs and raised the height of my toilet seat.
"So to be told I can’t go in is a traumatic blow for me.
"I also feel sorry for everyone else who have had their operations cancelled. I could cry for them."
‘High level of trauma patients’
Mr Wilson added: "The orthopaedic ward does have a high level of trauma patients on the ward at the moment but this is because the trauma ward is occupied with medical admissions rather than a high level of trauma cases."