Welsh Hospitals Reintroduce Face Masks & Stop Ward Visiting

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Hospitals in Wales are reintroducing Covid measures including the wearing of face masks and a stop on ward visits with immediate effect.

Changes were made being made at Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest due to an ‘increasing prevalence of covid’

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (CAVUHB) have also announced the reintroduction of face masks in all settings for both staff and patients. Their restrictions have been brought back due to the ‘rise of Covid-19 in the community’ and went into force on Monday.

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Wales Online reports: The Hywel Dda University health board said it has brought in safety measures at Withybush Hospital following a “formal review of Covid-19 activity” which identified an “increasing prevalence of Covid-19” at the site. The move means that all staff and visitors to the hospital will have to wear masks, unless they are exempt from doing so.

Visiting will also be stopped from Tuesday (July 5), except for end-of-life visits and any considered necessary in agreement with the sister or nurse in charge of the ward. People attending outpatient appointments must do so alone unless they need the assistance of a carer or relative, but a designated partner can attend antenatal appointments or scans and when a mother is admitted in labour. Furthermore, all inpatients attending Withybush Hospital will be tested for Covid-19 on admission.

“We have made the decision to reinforce these measures at Withybush Hospital to reduce the risk to our patients and staff and thank people for their support and co-operation at this time,” said Mandy Rayani, director of nursing, quality and patient experience at Hywel Dda University Health Board.

“While the situation at Withybush Hospital and across our other hospital sites will be reviewed and updated frequently, we can all continue to take protective measures to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19 to protect vulnerable people and the NHS.

“We strongly advise anyone in our locality who has the classic symptoms, or who suspects they may have Covid-19 to isolate and take an LFD test. If positive, we urge people to isolate – this will help you to rest and recover while protecting others from risk of transmission.”