North Wales Health Board ‘restricts access’ to some hospitals with immediate effect due to rise in coronavirus
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board have said they have “…decided to further restrict access to our hospitals” with the notice “coming into effect immediately”.
Gill Harris, Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “We continue to manage COVID-19 cases at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor; Ysbyty Eryri, Caernarfon; Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan and Ysbyty Llandudno.”
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, our guidance on visiting has been kept under constant review and is informed by COVID-19 transmission rates in the community, hospital admissions due to COVID-19 and hospital outpatient clusters.”
“Due to increasing numbers of positive patients, in our hospitals and in our communities, we have therefore decided to further restrict access to our hospitals. This will take effect immediately.
“”Access to the hospitals mentioned above is only allowed if absolutely necessary, such as attending an outpatient appointment or needing emergency treatment.”
“”This decision will not affect the visiting guidelines in place for our maternity, pediatric and neonatal services or wards at Ysbyty Gwynedd and Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.”
“Requests for exceptional visits such as visiting an end of life relationship must be made directly with the ward and will require a risk assessment to be completed individually before an agreed visit and on arrival so that we can keep patients, staff and visitors safe.
“All patients attending outpatient appointments or the Emergency Department should do so on their own – unless there are exceptional circumstances, such as a patient who needs a carer or parent, learning difficulties, mental health difficulties, or lack of communication.
“We understand how difficult it is to be unable to visit loved ones and we are sorry we had to take this step.
“We have free WiFi across our hospitals and family and friends are encouraged to stay in touch during this time using online technology.
“We understand how difficult these visiting restrictions will be for families, but we ask you to support us in reducing the impact of the virus and keeping everyone safe.”
The health board added, “For any concerns, please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service on 03000 851234 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm or email BCU.PALS@wales.nhs.uk ”
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