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CTM update – Tuesday 10th November

Written by on 10th November 2020

COVID-19 Outbreak | CWM TAF MORGANNWG UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL BOARD

Royal Glamorgan services update

Patients who dial 999 and require an emergency hospital admission are being taken to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, after temporary changes to emergency admissions were brought in last month. In addition, surgical and other planned activity is restarting in a phased and safe way.

GP emergency referral patients, and anyone who self-presents at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and requires an emergency admission following assessment, is also being admitted there. 

Royal Glamorgan Hospital

Linked COVID-19 cases – 195

Deaths in linked COVID-19 cases – 56

*numbers correct as of 9/11/2020

 Prince Charles Hospital

Linked COVID-19 cases- 119

Deaths in linked COVID-19 cases – 25

*numbers correct as of 9/11/2020

 Princess of Wales Hospital

Linked COVID-19 cases– 185

Deaths in linked COVID-19 cases – 40

*numbers correct as of 9/11/2020

Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda

Linked COVID-19 cases– 26

Deaths in linked COVID-19 cases – (figure not subject to release due to small case numbers and impact on patient privacy)

*numbers correct as of 9/11/2020

Ysbyty Cwm Cynon

Linked COVID-19 cases – 6

Deaths in linked COVID-19 cases- (figure not subject to release due to small case numbers and impact on patient privacy)

*numbers correct as of 9/11/2020

Maesteg Hospital

CTM UHB is undertaking some urgent improvement works at Maesteg Hospital which will provide improved settings for our patients and support the delivery of safer care which we strive to provide.

To enable this work to take place quickly, the Llynfi Ward at Maesteg Community Hospital has temporarily closed until January 2021.

Emergency departments

We are appealing to everyone in our communities to help us manage the pressures that we are experiencing across our hospital sites. You can help by really considering whether accessing our Emergency Departments is the appropriate line of action for your health care needs. The Emergency Department is for emergency cases ONLY. We encourage everyone 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, pharmacies and GP services. Details can be found on our website.

Helpline

A helpline has been set up for anyone who has concerns relating to the COVID outbreaks in CTM UHB.

Members of the public can call 01685 726464 between 9am and 4.30pm (Mon – Fri) where a team will be ready to help. 

CTM UHB statement

Medical Director for CTM UHB Dr Nick Lyons said:

“As we come out of the fire break in Wales this week, the rate of COVID-19 infection in our communities remains worryingly high. Each day, more COVID patients are being admitted to our acute hospitals which are already very busy at this time of year.

“Please think carefully about your actions and adhere to the restrictions still in place. By doing this you are protecting yourself and your families as well as the most vulnerable in your communities. We all have a role to play in sustaining the efforts of the last few weeks, and of not letting this hard work go to waste.

“We are immensely proud of our workforce as we head into what will inevitably be a difficult winter. We are calling on everyone across our communities to support our staff and recognise the incredible work they are doing at this challenging time.”

What do the outbreak figures mean? Are they all hospital-transmitted cases?

The outbreak figures relate to cases which are confirmed, probable and indeterminate hospital transmitted cases. Therefore not all the cases will be confirmed as hospital transmitted. Each case will be examined carefully by expert teams to determine which category they fall into.

Are the deaths linked to each outbreak people who have died as a result of having COVID-19?

Deaths included in the outbreaks are patients whose deaths are associated with COVID-19, not necessarily directly due to COVID-19.

So not all of the deaths associated with the outbreak would have directly died from COVID-19. That doesn’t, of course, detract from the personal tragedy that those families are currently experiencing.

For the full FAQ document visit our website