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Update from CTM UHB

Written by on 7th October 2020

COVID-19 Outbreak | ROYAL GLAMORGAN HOSPITAL

Service changes

Temporary service changes are still in place including:

·       Temporary suspension of elective surgery (with the exception of a very small number of urgent cancer cases which have been clinically prioritised);

·       Diversion of emergency admissions to other hospitals (with exception of children)

·       Diversion of Welsh Ambulance Service (999) patients to other hospitals (with exception of children)

·       There is no change to the self-contained paediatric wards at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, they remain open

·       Mental health services at the hospital remain open

Figures

Cases of COVID-19 linked to the outbreak – 127

Deaths linked to the COVID-19 outbreak – 21

*numbers correct as of 6/10/2020

Additional updates

Prince Charles Hospital and Princess of Wales Hospital

In conjunction with Public Health Wales, we are monitoring closely a number of cases at Prince Charles and Princess of Wales Hospital sites. Immediate measures to contain the spread of the virus have been taken.

Prince Charles Hospital:

Cases of COVID-19 linked to the outbreak – 17

Deaths linked to the COVID-19 outbreak – 1

*numbers correct as of 6/10/2020

Princess of Wales Hospital

Cases of COVID-19 linked to the outbreak – 15

Deaths linked to the COVID-19 outbreak – 1

*numbers correct as of 6/10/2020

Helpline

A helpline has been set up for anyone who has concerns relating to the COVID outbreak at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital.

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 “In conjunction with Public Health Wales, we continue to closely monitor cases at Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Prince Charles Hospital and Princess of Wales Hospital sites. The safety of our patients and staff remains our first priority and immediate measures to contain the spread of the virus have been put in place.

 “We are taking the outbreaks extremely seriously and the stringent and robust mitigating actions which have been taken across our sites are being closely observed. However given the nature of Coronavirus, there is an inevitable time delay in when we will see the positive impact of these measures.   

“We apologise for the concern that this will cause to families and our communities and we would encourage anyone who has any questions to contact our helpline on 01685 726464 between 9am and 4.30pm (Mon – Fri) where a team will be ready to help.

“Infection rates also continue to rise in our communities and we are appealing to all members of the public to take seriously their responsibilities by ensuring their behaviour does not contribute to the further spread of COVID-19.  We remain grateful to all members of our community who are continuing to adhere to the guidance in order to help control this virus.”

Responding to the news that the number of deaths resulting from the major Covid-19 outbreak at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital has risen to twenty-one, Member of Senedd Mick Antoniw and Member of Parliament Alex Davies-Jones said: “This is tragic news and we want to send our deepest sympathies to the families and loved-ones of all those who have passed away.
“Twenty-one deaths and over one hundred and twenty people infected is an incredibly worrying deterioration in what was already a major incident and we know that local people will share our concern.
“We are seeking urgent clarification from the Health Board on why this has happened and more importantly, what measures are being implemented to ensure that the outbreak is fully contained.
“We would encourage anyone who has concerns about the Covid-19 outbreak at the Royal Glamorgan to contact the dedicated helpline which has been set up.”