A major coronavirus outbreak at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant has forced bosses to cut services to bring it under control.
A total of 82 cases were confirmed in hospital, double the number a week earlier.
The Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Council announced on Wednesday September 23 that it is now taking “vigorous action”.
On Wednesday, September 30, planned surgeries were temporarily suspended.
Patients who would usually be taken to the hospital’s A&E in an emergency will also be sent elsewhere as part of the plan.
The temporary measures come into effect Wednesday at 2 p.m.
The latest case and death figures show Rhondda Cynon Taf, who serves Royal Glamorgan Hospital, has the third highest level of Covid cases in Wales.
Major coronavirus outbreak at Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant has forced bosses to cut services to bring it under control as trust says it is taking ‘robust action’
A statement from the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Council said: ‘Significant temporary service restrictions will be in place at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital from 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday September 30 as increased measures are taken to contain an outbreak of COVID-19 in the hospital.
“Teams have been working at a steady pace to implement robust measures to manage the outbreak, but additional cases linked to transmission within the hospital have been confirmed in recent days, with the number of cases climbing. currently at 82.
“With the scale of this outbreak and on the advice of Public Health Wales, the Health Board is taking a number of urgent and important steps to keep our staff, patients and communities safe.
The health council has taken a number of steps in an attempt to control the outbreak.
All planned surgeries at Royal Glamorgan Hospital, except for a very small number of urgent cancer cases, have been put on hold.
The adult patient requiring emergency admission after an assessment and who would normally be admitted to Royal Glamorgan Hospital will be taken to either Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil or hospital University of Wales in Cardiff.
The Royal Glamorgan Hospital Emergency Department will remain open to walk-in patients and those who can be treated in an area of the Royal Glamorgan Hospital Emergency Department.
Welsh Ambulance Service (999) patients (excluding children) will be temporarily diverted to other sites, namely Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, Prince Charles Merthyr Tydfil Hospital and University Hospital in Cardiff Wales.
The health council said there will be no changes to the stand-alone pediatric wards at Royal Glamorgan Hospital, which will remain open.
Restrictions on services will be in place at Royal Glamorgan Hospital from 2 p.m. today
The latest figures and data show Rhondda Cynon Taf County, served by the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, has the third highest level of Covid cases in Wales and is on local lockdown.
The Tirion birth center, which was temporarily closed during the pandemic, is due to reopen on October 5.
The hospital says it is currently working with clinical teams to consider whether this can move forward in light of the current situation at Royal Glamorgan Hospital.
The statement from Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board added: “We are working closely with Public Health Wales to increase the capacity and speed of testing and results for patients and staff.
“Changes will be reviewed daily and decisions to restart emergency admissions at Royal Glamorgan Hospital will be made in collaboration with Public Health Wales. “
Paul Mears, CEO of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, said: “We recognize the concern these temporary changes will bring and want to assure our patients and communities that managing this epidemic is our key priority.
“Our teams continue to work to take all necessary steps to achieve this and we have taken a series of swift and decisive steps to try and manage this outbreak, including immediate shutdown of affected services, risk assessment of affected services and at risk, reviews of infection prevention and control measures and their implementation, increased testing of health personnel and testing of all hospitalizations.
“These decisions were not taken lightly and we understand that they will have an impact on our patients, their families, our staff and partner organizations.
“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 is important to state that the Royal Glamorgan Hospital is always open to patients requiring emergency services, although we encourage everyone at this stage to consider where alternative services can provide care tailored to their needs, such as the NHS 111 Wales website, minor injury units and GP services. Details can be found on our website. ‘
Rhondda Cynon Taf will be placed under local lockdown from 6 p.m. Thursday following an increase in coronavirus cases, the Welsh government said. Stanleytown is pictured
Rhondda Cynon Taf has become the second area in Wales to be placed under local lockdown following an increase in coronavirus cases, the Welsh government has said.
The county was locked down on September 17, which banned residents from meeting with households inside, traveling outside the council area, and wearing face masks in stores.
The cluster of cases has been blamed on pubs – the De Winton pub in Tonypandy and the Players Sports Bar in Pontypridd being closed by health officials.
Another group was reported to Penygraig Rugby Club and another with a coach trip to the Doncaster Races stopping at a series of pubs on the way.
Meanwhile, more than 500,000 people in North Wales will be in a local lockdown amid a spike in infections, the country’s health minister said tonight.
From 6 p.m. Thursday, residents of Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy and Wrexham will be banned from mingling indoors with other households.
People will also not be allowed to enter or leave these areas without a reasonable excuse, such as work or education.
However, travel will be permitted through the affected areas to avoid preventing motorists from entering or exiting Gwynedd and Anglesey on the A55.
The recent rise in coronavirus cases has been blamed on people socializing indoors.