Posted: Tue 28th Jul 2020

Deeside Community Hospital Branwen Ward closed to new admissions following Coronavirus cases

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2020


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Deeside Community Hospital’s Branwen Ward is expected to reopen to new admissions later this week after they were suspended following a number of Coronavirus cases.

Its understood a small number of patients at the hospital have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days.

Several patients at Mold Community Hospital are believed to have either tested positive or are suspected to have contracted the virus.

Its also reported there are between 70 and 80 confirmed cases of coronavirus  Wrexham Maelor Hospital – an increase on the 60 to 70 figure that was provided by Betsi Cadwaladr yesterday.

A North Wales MS has asked the health board for clarification on how coronavirus is spreading to community hospitals in Deeside and Mold.

Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru’s North Wales MS, said: “New figures showing Covid-19 being confirmed in three community hospitals in Flintshire and Wrexham are very worrying and come on top of an ongoing rise in Covid-19 cases at the Maelor.
 
As well as testing all patients – not just the ones on affected wards – it’s also vital that all NHS staff are tested to limit further transmission.
 
Coupled with the rising number of cases in the community in Wrexham, it paints a worrying picture of an infection that isn’t under control in this part of Wales.
 
I have written requesting further urgent clarification from Betsi Cadwaladr on whether they understand why this is a growing problem in the region.”

Andrea Hughes, East Area Nurse Director, said: “Branwen Ward is currently closed to admissions, but is expected to reopen again later this week.

A number of measures have been put in place to help our community hospitals manage the risk of COVID-19.

Patients with a positive COVID-19 status are isolated, and social distancing measures, including how beds are located, have been put in place throughout our sites.

All our ward staff have access to and appropriate training to use PPE correctly to protect patients and their colleagues.

As with our acute hospitals, visiting is restricted with the exception of visiting patients receiving palliative care, where each time a robust risk assessment is made.”

The ongoing official advice to ‘Keep Wales Safe’ is:

  • always observe social distancing
  • wash your hands regularly
  • if you meet another household, outside your extended household, stay outdoors
  • work from home if you can

And, stay at home if you or anyone in your extended household has symptoms.

Further information about the symptoms of Coronavirus is available on the Public Health Wales website, or members of the public can use the NHS Wales symptom checker.

Anyone experiencing Coronavirus symptoms can apply for a home testing kit by visiting www.gov.wales/coronavirus, or by calling the national 119 phone service.

Anyone with suspected coronavirus should not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

They should only contact NHS 111 if they feel they cannot cope with their symptoms at home, their condition gets worse, or their symptoms do not get better after seven days.

Only call 999 if you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, do not call 999 just because you are on hold to 111. 

111 lines can be busy, but Public Health Wales say you will get through after a wait.

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