Three wards are par­tially shut due to flu out­break

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

THREE wards at the Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal of Wales have had to par­tially shut fol­low­ing an out­break of flu, health board of­fi­cials con­firmed yes­ter­day.

Ward A2 (emer­gency surgery), B1 (car­di­ol­ogy) and C5 (car­dio­tho­racic surgery) have all been af­fected by the virus, with some bays putting a stop on tak­ing new pa­tients.

Peo­ple have been ad­vised not to visit the wards in an at­tempt to pre­vent the spread of in­fec­tion.

A ward at Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Llan­dough also had to close, Cardiff and Vale Univer­sity Health Board has con­firmed.

De­spite an im­prove­ment on last year’s fig­ures, less than half (47.8%) of doc­tors, nurses and other health­care staff have had the an­nual jab to pro­tect them­selves against the virus this win­ter.

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of nurs­ing Ruth Walker said: “It’s dis­ap­point­ing that we still have some ar­eas within the health board where up­take of the flu jab is low.

“In­fluenza is cur­rently cir­cu­lat­ing in the com­mu­nity and we know that staff mem­bers are fall­ing ill.

“Please look af­ter your­selves and your pa­tients.

“The flu vac­cine is still the most ef­fec­tive pro­tec­tion avail­able and takes a few min­utes out of your day.”

Cardiff and Vale Univer­sity Health Board said the flu vac­cine is a “good match” for in­fluenza A(H3), the strain cur­rently cir­cu­lat­ing in the com­mu­nity.

The free vac­cine is still avail­able from GP surg­eries and many lo­cal phar­ma­cies for those in el­i­gi­ble groups.

Those urged to have the free vac­cine as soon as pos­si­ble in­clude preg­nant women, peo­ple who help care for friends or fam­ily, those aged 65 and over, and peo­ple with a se­ri­ous long-term health con­di­tion such as di­a­betes, liver dis­ease or res­pi­ra­tory dis­ease.

In mid De­cem­ber, three wards within mental health ser­vices for older peo­ple at Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Llan­dough were closed due to the out­break. They have since been re­opened.

Staff mem­bers are re­minded not to at­tend work if they are symp­to­matic and to prac­tise good hand hy­giene, while vis­i­tors are ad­vised not to at­tend hos­pi­tal if they are un­well.

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