By Tony Winterburn • 30 September 2020 • 9:32
A major coronavirus outbreak at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Wales has seen 82 cases confirmed and services drastically shut.
THE 82 reported cases are double the number of cases from a week earlier. Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board announced on Wednesday, September 23, it was taking “robust action.” Planned surgeries have now been temporarily suspended. Patients who would usually be taken to A&E at the hospital in an emergency will be sent elsewhere as part of the plan. These new temporary measures will come into force at 2pm today.
In a statement, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board said: “Significant temporary service restrictions will be put in place at Royal Glamorgan Hospital from 14.00 Wednesday, September 30 as increased action is taken to contain a Covid-19 outbreak within the hospital. Teams have been working at pace to implement robust measures to manage the outbreak, however additional cases linked to transmission within the hospital have been confirmed in recent days with the number of cases currently standing at 82.
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.”
Paul Mears, CEO of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, said: “We recognise 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.
“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.
“It’s important to state that Royal Glamorgan Hospital is still open for patients requiring emergency department services, although we would ENCOURAGE at this time to consider where alternative services can provide the care suitable for their needs such as the NHS 111 Wales website, minor injury units and GP services.
This comes after it was announced that four areas of Wales will have stricter Covid measures enforced on Thursday.
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