Hospital access restricted amid Covid outbreaks
HEALTH BOARD MANAGING SURGE OF CORONAVIRUS CASES
HEALTH chiefs have restricted access to a number of North Wales hospitals with immediate effect, following a rise in Covid-19 cases.
It comes as Betsi Cadwaladr University Health board (BCUHB) manages outbreaks at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor; Ysbyty Eryri, Caernarfon; Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan and Ysbyty Llandudno.
Entry to these hospitals will now only be permitted “if it is absolutely necessary” as cases of the virus continue to rise and more people are admitted to hospital, causing concern.
Gill Harris, executive director of nursing and midwifery at (BCUHB) said: “During the Covid-19 pandemic, our visiting guidance has been kept under close review and is informed by community Covid-19 transmission rates, hospital Covid-19 admission numbers and hospital outbreaks.
“Due to the growing numbers of positive patients, both in our hospitals and in our communities, we have therefore taken the decision to further restrict access into our hospitals. This will come into effect immediately.
“Entering the hospitals named above will only be permitted if it is absolutely necessary, such as attending an outpatient appointment or if you require emergency treatment.
“This decision will not impact the visiting guidelines in place for our maternity, paediatrics and neonatal services or wards at Ysbyty Gwynedd and Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. Our visiting guidance for these services can be found online at https://bcuhb.nhs.wales/covid-19/ hospital-information/”
Ms Harris said that any exceptional visiting requests, such as visiting a relative who is dying, must be made directly with the ward concerned.
It will require an individual risk assessment to be completed, in advance of and on arrival of an agreed visit, “so that we can keep patients, staff and visitors safe”, she said.
“All patients attending outpatient appointments or the Emergency Department should do so alone – unless there are exceptional circumstances, such as a patient requiring a carer or parent, having learning difficulties, experiencing mental health difficulties, or being unable to communicate,” said Ms Harris.
“We understand how difficult not being able to visit loved ones can be and we are sorry that we have had to take this step.
“We have free WIFI across our hospitals and family and friends are encouraged to keep in contact during this time using online technology.
“We understand how difficult these visiting restrictions will be for families, but please support us to minimise the impact of the virus and keep everyone safe.”