Three wards are partially shut due to flu outbreak
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.