Ysbyty Enfys Carreg Las field hospital in Pembrokeshire is now operational and accepting patients says Hywel Dda University Health Board.
The extra capacity site at the Bluestone resort near Canaston Bridge will provide Hywel Dda with the additional flexibility to move patients out of acute hospitals after they have been assessed as no longer needing medical input, but still require some care before being discharged home, or to a community care facility.
The move is part of the health board’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as it allows for the better management of patient capacity and flow at acute hospital sites. There are now field hospitals located in each of the three counties, with up to a maximum of 390 beds available to the health board.
Patients at each site are being cared for by an experienced multi-professional team, including nurses, therapists and patient liaison officers. Patients will typically spend around eight to nine days at a field hospital before being discharged.
Dr Meinir Jones, Hywel Dda UHB’s Associate Medical Director & Clinical Lead for the field hospitals, said: “We’re delighted to have another operational extra capacity site to help relieve pressure on our acute hospitals.
“COVID-19 is going to be with us for some time, and while the roll-out of two vaccines is great news, the health board is working hard to ensure we continue to deliver the best possible care to our communities. These field hospitals are an important part of our wider strategy to tackle the pandemic.
“It is important to stress that none of the field hospitals have emergency departments or any other walk-in service and should not be accessed by members of the public. Anyone requiring medical care should contact their GP or call 111.”
Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, Cllr David Simpson said: “The council remains extremely proud of the partnership working that led to the rapid creation of Ysbyty Enfys Carreg Las field hospital last year.
“We had obviously hoped that the facility may never be needed, but it is extremely heartening that Ysbyty Enfys Carreg Las field hospital is available and ready to help relieve some of the pressure on our dedicated NHS staff.
“We can all do our own bit to help by continuing to follow Welsh Government guidance and preventing the spread of COVID-19.”
Last month, Ysbyty Enfys Carreg Las, along with Ysbyty Enfys Selwyn Samuel in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, was highly praised by Health Inspectorate Wales. It was the first time HIW has inspected such settings and inspectors found appropriate processes were in place to provide safe and effective care to patients.
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Swansea professor’s COVID contribution recognised with new honour
A Swansea academic at the forefront of shaping our understanding of Covid-19 has received further recognition for his work in the field of data science.
This latest honour follows on from Professor Lyons becoming a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and being appointed OBE in the New Year’s honours.
The focus of his work is the use of routinely collected data to better understand factors that influence health and wellbeing and developing and evaluating interventions aimed to improve the health of the public. He has led some of the largest studies ever undertaken in this field and contributed to research surrounding the pandemic and its consequences at Wales, UK and European level.
Professor Lyons said he was delighted to have been recommended for membership of the prestigious Academia Europaea, which aims to encourage the highest possible standards in scholarship, research and education, and promote a better public understanding of the benefits of learning.
He said: “This honour is a recognition of the shared efforts and hard work of the various teams and partners I’ve had the privilege of working with over the years. None more so than over the last two years, during the pandemic.
“Through the European Population Health Information Research Infrastructure (PHIRI) Project we’re developing research infrastructure to generate the best Covid-19 population health knowledge. The multi-disciplinary, One Wales working group provided crucial evidence to Welsh Government’s response to Covid community transmission and informed policy development across the UK.
“The International Covid-19 Data Alliance (ICODA) partnership with Health Data Research UK and the Bills Gates Foundation and others, is supporting a globally coordinated approach to tackling Covid and future threats.
“This has been an incredibly challenging period for us all and I’m enormously proud that these labours have been acknowledged and rewarded by this election.”
Professor Lyons now joins more than 5,000 other eminent, individual scientists and scholars, who cover a broad range of academic disciplines that include former Nobel Prize laureates, Turing Award recipients and Fields Medal winners.
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Health board lifts visiting restrictions at Glangwili and Withybush hospitals
Hywel Dda University Health Board has confirmed that restrictions for people visiting patients will be lifted in Glangwili and Withybush hospitals from Wednesday 20 July 2022.
Visiting to Bronglais Hospital, Prince Philip Hospital and community hospitals remain open, by appointment only.
The health board are advised that it will still be a requirement to wear masks in Glangwili, Prince Philip and Withybush hospitals.
Mandy Rayani, Director of Nursing, Quality and Patient Experience, said: “Last week we had to make the decision to extend measures at Glangwili Hospital in addition to Withybush Hospital to reduce the risk to our patients and staff and we thank people for their support and co-operation.
“We can all continue to take protective measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to protect vulnerable people and the NHS.
“We strongly advise anyone in our locality who has the classic symptoms, or who suspects they may have COVID-19 to isolate and take an LFD test. If positive, we urge people to isolate – this will help you to rest and recover while protecting others from risk of transmission.”
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Mask wearing reinstated at Llanelli’s Prince Philip Hospital
Hywel Dda University Health Board have said that all staff and visitors to Prince Philip Hospital must wear face masks (unless exempt) with immediate effect following the latest review of prevalence of COVID-19 in the community.
This follows the decisions made last week to reinstate mask wearing at Glangwili Hospital and both mask wearing and visiting restrictions at Withybush Hospital.
The health board have said that visiting will continue in general at Glangwili and Prince Philip hospitals following the latest review of case numbers but local ward restrictions are in place so please contact the ward to arrange your visit in advance
Mandy Rayani, Director of Nursing, Quality and Patient Experience for Hywel Dda UHB, said: “Wearing a surgical mask or face covering and keeping a physical distance when attending a hospital or medical facility will help protect our most vulnerable patients and service users.
“We are grateful for the ongoing support and efforts of our communities to stop the spread, particularly around more vulnerable people.
“These measures will be continually reviewed, and as soon as it is safe to do so, we will ease these restrictions.”
The health board is stressing the continued importance of the behaviours known to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, and the different requirements in place in health and social care settings.
Mandy, added: “Isolating if we have symptoms of COVID-19, or other infectious diseases, is one of the most important things we can do to prevent the onward spread and break the chain of transmission.
“We strongly encourage anyone in our locality who has the classic symptoms, or who suspects they may have COVID-19 to isolate and take an LFD test. If positive, we urge people to continue with the same isolation guidance that has been in place – this will help you to rest and recover and protect others from risk of transmission.”
Later this week, the Welsh Government will update its vaccine strategy with details of the next booster dose in the autumn.
The Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Sir Frank Atherton said:
“The vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. While the vaccine does not completely stop transmission it offers protection against serious illness and reduces the risk of hospitalisation.
“You can still get the vaccine if you haven’t had your full course, or you were too ill to get your spring booster and I would encourage parents to think about getting the vaccine for their children over the summer months to help minimise any disruption to their education during the autumn and winter terms.”
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