Service restrictions have been implemented after 82 new positive Covid cases were confirmed in the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant, Wales.
Service restrictions have been implemented after 82 new positive Covid cases were confirmed in the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant, Wales. The hospital is currently in local lockdown.
Royal Glamorgan Hospital reports Covid outbreak
The hospital will be under “significant temporary service restrictions” from 2pm. Measures include planned surgery being suspended.
The Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board gave a statement on the situation saying: “Given the extent of this outbreak, and on the advice of Public Health Wales, the Health Board is taking a number of urgent and significant actions to ensure the safety of our staff, patients and communities.”
Eight people have died and six are in a critical condition following the outbreak at the hospital. Covid cases at the hospital have doubled in the last week. However, the Emergency Department will stay open for walk-in patients and for people in ambulatory care.
The Chief executive of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, Paul Mears, said: “We recognize the concern that these temporary changes will cause and would like to assure our patients and communities that managing this outbreak is our key priority. Our teams continue to work to take all necessary measures to achieve this and we have taken a range of swift and decisive actions to try to manage this outbreak which include immediate closure of affected wards, risk assessments of affected and at-risk wards, reviews of infection prevention and control measures and their implementation, increased testing of healthcare staff and testing of all hospital admissions. These decisions have not been taken lightly, and we understand that they will impact our patients, their families, our staff and partner organisations. However, the safety of our patients and staff is of the utmost importance and we believe this is the right course of action, based on the professional advice given to us.”
Public Health Wales announced today that they had seen 366 new Covid cases and three more Covid-related deaths in Wales.