Hywel Dda health board bans most visitors as Covid cases rise
Hywel Dda Health Board has banned most visitors due to a rise in Covid-19 cases.
The health board which covers Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire said the decision to temporarily suspend visiting was down to transmission rates within the community and in hospitals.
Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth, Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen, Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli and Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest are impacted by the change.
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Cwm Taf Morgannwg have already limited visitors due to the winter surge.
Visiting will only be permitted with prior arrangement in extenuating circumstances, such as end of life and critical visits.
Neither do the restrictions being introduced today affect the current visiting arrangements within maternity services, but all visitors must carry out a lateral flow device (LFD) test at home prior to travelling to the hospital.
“Due to increased cases of Covid-19 in hospital and the community, the decision has been made to temporarily suspend visiting to all hospitals with immediate effect,” the health board said.
“We appreciate that it is a difficult time for everyone, and we will continue to support the wellbeing of our patients/service users and their families and loved ones in the best way we can, while keeping everyone as safe as possible.
They added that their patient support team and family liaison officers could help to deliver essential items to patients from their families and facilitate communication through digital options/telephone; if you need their assistance please call them on and 0300 0200 159.