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Stroke and mental health wards shut to new patients after Covid-19 cases are found

A stroke ward and a mental health ward have stopped taking new new patients after cases of coronavirus were discovered.

Hywel Dda University Health Board has confirmed that “less than 15” positive cases have been found among staff and patients between the two wards at Prince Philip Hospital, Llanelli.

A spokeswoman said that all patients on these wards – stroke ward 9 and adult mental health ward, Bryngolau – have been tested and are being cared for appropriately, with regular communication with them and their families or carers.

She added that affected staff are also being tested and stringent infection prevention and control measures are in place.

The health board said it is still safely accepting stroke patients at Prince Philip Hospital through the Acute Stroke Unit. It is also providing alternative care for older adult mental health.



Bryngolau ward at Prince Philip Hospital Llanelli

Hospital director and respiratory consultant, Dr Robin Ghosal, said: “Covid-19 is circulating in our communities, but thanks to testing and tracing, and stringent infection prevention measures, we are much more aware and able to deal with risks in order to protect our patients, staff and wider community.

“This is why we have contained two areas of Prince Philip Hospital at present. The two situations are not interlinked and we are closely monitoring the situation and working with partners including Public Health Wales and the local authority.

“It is clear that Covid-19 cases are rising in our area and we would like to take this opportunity to ask everyone to follow the guidelines that are in place to protect us all.

“Please keep yourselves and your loved ones safe by washing your hands regularly, staying two metres apart from people outside of your household, and wearing a face mask when it is not possible to be two meters apart.”

Llanelli in Carmarthenshire is currently under a local lockdown. It was the first town in Wales to be placed under such restrictions.

“In Llanelli there are currently extra regulations because we are in a health protection zone. This means not entering or leaving the area without a reasonable excuse or meeting indoors with people not in your household,” added Dr Ghosal.

“We know this feels hard right now as we live and work in this community, but taking these steps protects us all.

“If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 – a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – please book a test through  the UK-wide website  or via the national bilingual telephone service by dialling 119 between the hours of 7am and 11pm (people with hearing or speech difficulties can call 18001 119).”



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