A Welsh hospital has reintroduced Covid measures including the wearing of face masks and a stop on ward visits with immediate effect. The changes are being made at Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest.
The hospital is one of four major and acute hospitals run by Hywel Dda University Health Board, along with Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen, Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli and Bronlglais Hospital in Aberystwyth. You can get the latest WalesOnline newsletters e-mailed to you directly for free by signing up here.
The 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.