The changes to visiting times at Morriston, Singleton, Neath Port Talbot and all Swansea Bay University Health Board hospitals

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Hospital visiting times in Swansea have been changed, as a result of the city coming under a local lockdown.

On Saturday, September 27, Llanelli is due to join the likes of Caerphilly and Bridgend in a local lockdown as a result of spiralling rates of coronavirus, with Cardiff and Swansea due to join 24 hours later.

And the move has prompted Swansea Bay University Heath Board to review its visiting time arrangements, in response to rising cases of confirmed Covid-19 in Swansea and the imminent local restrictions.

The restrictions at its hospitals, including Morriston, Singleton and Neath Port Talbot, will come into effect from Saturday, September 26, ahead of the lockdown measures on Sunday 27.

The Health Board said the move will not just help protect patients and staff, but the reduction in footfall will also help prevent the further spread of the virus more generally.

Following announcement of the lockdown, Keith Reid, Swansea Bay UHB’s director of public health, said: “How long Swansea stays in local lockdown is entirely up to the people of Swansea.

“You have it in your gift to end this lockdown as early as possible and save lives.

“Stick closely to the rules and stop this virus from spreading further.

“If people ignore the rules, then the consequences are clear. Cases will continue to rise and we will see more and more people in our hospitals who are sick and dying”.

The new restrictions, which will apply to all the health board’s hospitals, mean visits will be limited to:

  • A birth partner during childbirth
  • Patients receiving end-of-life care
  • Patients who have mental health issues such as dementia, or a learning disability or a condition like autism where not having a visitor would cause the patient to be distressed
  • One parent or carer to accompany a child in hospital

However, anyone falling into the above categories should not visit any health board sits if they have any Covid-19 symptoms, even if the patient to visit falls into one of these categories.

They should instead stay at home and arrange a test.

A spokesman said the health board would be supporting virtual visiting as much as possible, using ipads and tablets, as well as telephone visiting.

Arrangements for the dropping off and collecting of patient clothing and toiletries will also be re-introduced where possible.

The health board has a stock in reserve, thanks to a generous response to a public appeal earlier this year.

The new rules will be kept under review, with a view to easing up on restrictions when the threat of the virus recedes.

And health chiefs also urged people to adhere to the rules for reducing the risk of infection.

Keith Reid added: “Keep a safe distance from others, wash your hands and use alcohol rub, wear face-coverings when required.

“Remember that if you go to a pub or restaurant you can only be with the people you live with.

“You must not meet or mingle with anyone else – remember there is no longer an extended household, so not even these people.

“If you have any Covid-19 symptoms, a high temperature, a new continuous cough or loss or change of smell or tastes, you must stay home.

“Then call 01639 862757 to arrange a local test. Only leave your home for the test and go straight back and wait for your test result.

“Please do all you can to stop this virus. If we all pull together we can slow the rate of infection back down sooner rather than later.”



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