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CTM update – Tuesday 3rd November 2020

Written by on 3rd November 2020

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 – 186

Deaths in linked COVID-19 cases – 51

*numbers correct as of 2/11/2020

 Prince Charles Hospital

Linked COVID-19 cases- 96

Deaths in linked COVID-19 cases – 20

*numbers correct as of 2/11/2020

 Princess of Wales Hospital

Linked COVID-19 cases– 137

Deaths in linked COVID-19 cases – 22

*numbers correct as of 2/11/2020

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 2/11/2020

Maesteg Hospital

Linked COVID-19 cases – 24

Deaths in linked COVID-19 cases – 6

*numbers correct as of 2/11/2020

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 these numbers very clearly suggest, we are facing some difficult times across our University Health Board as we head into winter. Infection rates in our communities continue to rise at a pace and that in turn increases the number of patients with COVID being admitted to our hospitals. This is having a profound effect on us being able to manage capacity in our hospitals and on us keeping our patients and staff safe.

“We have a rigorous testing programme in place for all in-patients at our hospitals, as well as routine staff testing, and we continue to work with Public Health Wales to contain the outbreaks at our sites. I am immensely proud of our staff who, at the front line of dealing with this virus, continue to demonstrate their commitment by working tirelessly under incredibly difficult conditions.

“We are appealing to everyone in our communities to sustain the efforts made during the first wave of COVID earlier this year, and not let standards slip. We must all take personal responsibility to adhere to any lockdown restrictions, social distance, maintain good hygiene and wear a mask as required. This not only helps us keep our staff and patients safe, but is also really important to keep your families and loved ones safe as well.”

All media enquiries must be directed to CTM.News@wales.nhs.uk

Notes to editor:

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