Rising concerns for communities of Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil – we need to keep YOU safe! A recent statement published from Public Health Wales explains the rise in numbers.

Despite the increased measures and local lockdown in Rhondda Cynon Taf earlier this week, cases of Coronavirus across the Cwm Taf Morgannwg area are continuing to rise and are a real cause for concern. As a consequence of this situation across the county boroughs of Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf we are having to suspend visiting as we did at the beginning of the pandemic in order to protect our patients, our staff, and our communities.

All hospital visiting will be restricted from tomorrow Saturday 19 September across all Cwm Taf Morgannwg hospital sites and will come into effect at 9.00am.

As a Health Board, we fully appreciate this is incredibly difficult, but please be assured these restrictions will be under constant review, except in the circumstances listed below:

  • A patient is receiving end-of-life care (visiting to be agreed with clinical team)
  • One partner or birthing partner accompanying a woman in labour and in the post-natal period for a limited time only. No other visitors will be allowed.
  • Paediatrics and neonatal areas (one person only as agreed with the clinical team)
  • The current arrangements for pregnancy related ultra sound scan remain unchanged.

Please be assured these restrictions will be under constant review.

You must not visit if you are feeling unwell, especially if you have a high temperature or new persistent cough.

We fully understand the importance of patients seeing their loved ones during their time in hospital and as lockdown eased we were able to re-introduce some visiting with alterations such as staggered visiting times. Unfortunately, because of the increase in positive cases once again we have to take appropriate measures in the interests of everyone’s safety.

To help maintain contact with loved during this time, we encourage families to use the free Wifi across our sites using online technology and our teams and dedicated staff will be available to support families with this.

Our priority during remains to keep all our patients, staff and our communities safe although we appreciate the disappointment this may bring to families and we are continually grateful for your co-operation in this matter.

It has never been more important for everyone living in these communities to follow the advice and guidance of the agencies responsible for managing this developing situation.

Coronavirus is a very real and present threat to all our health.

Coronavirus symptoms

We urge you to please only get a test if you have one of these symptoms: cough, fever or change in sense of taste or smell. You must book a test for Coronavirus promptly to help control the spread of infection. People who test positive for COVID19 should continue to self–isolate for ten days.

We all have a vital role in preventing the spread of Coronavirus by always observing social distancing guidelines – that’s staying two metres away from others – washing hands regularly with soap or by using alcohol based sanitiser, and working from home if they can and wearing a face covering in accordance with Welsh Government’s regulations.

We thank you for your continuing support and cooperation with us.

Restrictions on visiting from 9am Saturday 19th September 2020