Ward closed in Welsh second hospital as coronavirus cases rise


A second hospital in the Cwm Taf Morgannwg health council area has been affected by a number of coronavirus cases and has had to close a ward.There are 22 cases at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, as of Wednesday, September 30.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg’s Health Council said strict infection prevention and control procedures were being followed and testing was being increased at the hospital.

The outbreak at the Royal Glamorgan Health Council Hospital in Llantrisant has now seen 89 people infected and the number of deaths has risen to 10.

There are a number of temporary restrictions in place to try to control the spread including the temporary suspension of elective surgery except for a very small number of urgent cancer cases which have been prioritized, diversion of admissions emergency to other hospitals except children and the diversion of patients from the Welsh Ambulance Service to other hospitals except children.

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The A&E at Royal Glamorgan Hospital remains open to walk-in patients and those who can be treated in an area of ​​the emergency department.

There is no change to the stand-alone pediatric wards at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital which remain open as mentire health services in hospital.

The health council’s field hospital, ‘Ysbyty’r Seren’ in Bridgend, will open on Thursday, October 8 for Covid-free patients who are medically fit to discharge but still need care and hope is that this will help create capacity of patients requiring more specialized care.

Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil

Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board’s Director of Public Health, Dr Kelechi Nnoaham, said: “The temporary restrictions on services at Royal Glamorgan Hospital will remain in place until we are absolutely sure that we have contained the spread of the virus on the site.

“The opening of our field hospital next week will create capacity in the hospital for patients who need the most specialized care and allow others to relocate to a Covid-free environment.

“Along with Public Health Wales, we continually review the situation and recognize the major impact our decisions have on our patients, communities and staff. We thank everyone for working with us during this difficult time.

“The number of cases at Prince Charles Hospital is unrelated to the cases at Royal Glamorgan Hospital.

“The safety of our patients and staff at all of our sites remains our top priority and we remain grateful to all members of our community who continue to follow the instructions in order to help control the spread of this virus.”

The latest cases follow news that the number of people hospitalized with confirmed coronavirus has more than doubled in a week.

Some 191 beds were occupied by confirmed Covid-19 patients, the highest figure since the end of June.

Latest figures from the Welsh government show 550 beds were in use by confirmed, suspected or recovering coronavirus cases on Tuesday, September 29.

This was an increase from 343 beds the previous week and was equivalent to 7% of all hospital admissions.


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