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30 September 2020 18:33

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board Wales Maternity hospital

Temporary restrictions to services have now been put in place at Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant, including suspending planned surgery, with the exception of a small number of urgent cancer cases. The health board says it is taking on a number of "urgent and significant" actions to try to contain the virus and ensure the safety of its staff and patients. Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board says the paediatric wards at Royal Glamorgan Hospital will remain open, however it is looking into whether plans for The Tirion Birthing Centre, which has been temporarily closed during the pandemic, can be reopened. It is also working closely with Public Health Wales to increase the number of tests for both patients and staff at the hospital and says it is reviewing the situation on a daily basis. On Wednesday, Welsh education minister Kirsty Williams said the Welsh Government was working with the health board and Public Health Wales to address the "issues" which have given rise to the outbreak.

Paul Mears, CEO of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, said: "We recognise the concern that these temporary changes will cause and would like to assure our patients and communities that managing this outbreak is our key priority. "It's important to state that Royal Glamorgan Hospital is still open for patients requiring emergency department services, although we would 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 and GP services. Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant announced "significant temporary service restrictions" after confirming 82 cases of COVID-19 on site. A statement from the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board said: "The Health Board is taking a number of urgent and significant actions to ensure the safety of our staff, patients and communities." Paul Mears, chief executive of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, said measures include "immediate closure of affected wards, risk assessments of affected and at-risk wards, reviews of infection prevention and control measures and their implementation, increased testing of healthcare staff and testing of all hospital admissions". A super-spreading event has been blamed for the deaths of eight patients with coronavirus at Royal Glamorgan Hospital in the current outbreak at the Llantrisant Hospital.

The recent outbreak has seen 82 people infected at the Llantrisant hospital and has led to the health board has deciding to cut services and put measures in place to contain the spread of the virus. The latest cases and deaths figures show Rhondda Cynon Taf, which the Royal Glamorgan Hospital serves, has the third-highest level of Covid cases in Wales. Covid-19 cases at Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant have doubled in a week to 82, with six patients currently on intensive care at the hospital. Dr Ruth Alcolado, deputy medical director of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, told Sky News: 'We must have had an event where a number of patients were infected, perhaps by one individual at a point in time, and that has then amplified much more quickly. Welsh education minister Kirsty Williams today said the Welsh Government was working with the health board and Public Health Wales to address the 'issues' which have given rise to the outbreak.

'We are working with the local health authority's senior management team and Public Health Wales to understand and, crucially, address the issues that have arisen at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital to bring that outbreak under control and learn the lessons of that so they can be applied in other healthcare settings.' A major outbreak of coronavirus at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant has forced bosses to cut services to bring it under control as the trust says it is taking 'robust action' Latest figures and data shows that county of Rhondda Cynon Taf, which the Royal Glamorgan Hospital serves, has the third-highest level of Covid cases in Wales and is in local lockdown In a statement on Wednesday, the health board said that despite teams working to manage the outbreak, 'additional cases linked to transmission within the hospital' had been confirmed in recent days. Paul Mears, chief executive of the health board, said: 'We recognise the concern that these temporary changes will cause and would like to assure our patients and communities that managing this outbreak is our key priority. A health board spokesman said it is working closely with Public Health Wales to increase the capacity and speed of testing and results for both patients and staff. 'These changes will be reviewed on a daily basis and decisions to restart emergency admissions at Royal Glamorgan Hospital will be made in conjunction with Public Health Wales,' he said. A statement from Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board said: 'Significant temporary service restrictions will be put in place at Royal Glamorgan Hospital from 14.00 Wednesday September 30 as increased action is taken to contain a COVID-19 outbreak within the hospital.

'Given the extent of this outbreak, and on advice of Public Health Wales, the Health Board is taking a number of urgent and significant actions to ensure the safety of our staff, patients and communities.' All planned surgery at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, with the exception of a very small number of urgent cancer cases, have been suspended. Adult patient requiring an emergency admission following assessment who would normally be admitted to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital will be taken to either Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, or the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. Separate data also shows NHS hospitals across England and Wales are still recording hundreds of fewer deaths than expected every week since the outbreak began to tail off in May. But the number of patients dying from the coronavirus did rise slightly in the week ending September 20, in line with a national spike in cases, from 64 to 98. The health board says there will be no change to the self-contained paediatric wards at Royal Glamorgan Hospital which will remain open. 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 both patients and staff. 'The changes will be reviewed on a daily basis and decisions to re-start emergency admissions at Royal Glamorgan Hospital will be made in conjunction with Public Health Wales.' Paul Mears, CEO of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, said: 'We recognise the concern that these temporary changes will cause and would like to assure our patients and communities that managing this outbreak is our key priority. 'Our teams continue to work to take all necessary measures to achieve this and we have taken range of swift and decisive actions to try to manage this outbreak which include immediate closure of affected wards, risk assessments of affected and at-risk wards, reviews of infection prevention and control measures and their implementation, increased testing of healthcare staff and testing of all hospital admissions. 'It's important to state that Royal Glamorgan Hospital is still open for patients requiring emergency department services, although we would 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 and GP services. Rhondda Cynon Taf became the second area in Wales to be placed under a local lockdown following an increase of coronavirus cases, the Welsh Government has announced. Rhondda Cynon Taf will be placed under a local lockdown from 6pm on Thursday following an increase of coronavirus cases, the Welsh Government has announced.