COVID-19 outbreaks in North Wales

The information published on this page is specifically referring to COVID-19 outbreaks at our hospital sites across North Wales and will be updated and reviewed when there is new information to report. For information about weekly numbers of cases please continue to visit the Public Health Wales COVID-19 surveillance dashboard

Please avoid visiting our hospital sites if you have any COVID-19 related symptoms, further information and advice can be found within the COVID-19 Patient Advice section of our website.

Continue to attend any hospital appointments that you may have, however as we are attempting to limit the number of visitors to our hospital sites and as hospital visiting is still restricted we are asking that you only have someone accompany you if necessary. If you are unable to attend please notify us as soon as possible. 

We are also asking those within our communities to continue to maintain good hand hygiene and observe social distancing guidance

 

Updates


15/01/2021

 

Debra Hickman, Secondary Care Nurse Director, said: “The concerning increase in community transmission of COVID-19 in the Wrexham area is putting Wrexham Maelor Hospital under significant pressure. As the hospital comes under increasing pressure, keeping staff and patients safe from infection becomes much more challenging.

"As of this morning we are providing care to 50 patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital and community hospitals in the East area who currently have, or have had healthcare acquired COVID-19 infection. Since declaring this outbreak in late October, we have provided care to 146 patients with healthcare acquired COVID-19 infection.

“Of the 56 new patients receiving care for COVID-19 infection in East Area hospitals over the past seven days, seven have healthcare acquired COVID-19 infection.

“Our infection prevention practices are under regular review as we learn more about the virus and national guidance is updated.

“We are urging people to follow the government guidelines to help reduce the risk of infection in our communities, protect the NHS, and keep each other safe.

“People can also help us to continue to meet demand for care by only attending our Emergency Departments if they are seriously injured or have a life threatening health condition. 

“Please help us to reduce the risk of infection by only attending our hospital sites if it is absolutely necessary. Visiting remains restricted, except for some limited circumstances, but people should continue to attend appointments unless they are told otherwise.

For further information on choosing the most appropriate health service for your needs, please visit our website: Where Do I Go? - Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (nhs.wales)

 

08/01/2021

 

Debra Hickman, Acting Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery, said: “An increase in community transmission of COVID-19 in the Wrexham area is putting Wrexham Maelor Hospital under significant pressure. Since Christmas Eve, the number of patients receiving care for COVID-19 infection at the hospital has more than doubled - increasing from 58 to 123. As the hospital comes under increasing pressure, keeping staff and patients safe from infection becomes much more challenging.

"As of this morning we are providing care to 52 patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital and community hospitals in the East area who currently have, or have had healthcare acquired COVID-19 infection. Since declaring this outbreak in late October, we have provided care to 139 patients with healthcare acquired COVID-19 infection.

“Our infection prevention practices are under regular review as we learn more about the virus and national guidance is updated.

“We are urging people to follow the government guidelines to help reduce the risk of infection in our communities, protect the NHS, and keep each other safe.”

 

31/12/2020

 

Debra Hickman, Acting Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery, said: “As of this morning we are providing care to 43 patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital and community hospitals in the East area who currently have, or have had healthcare acquired COVID-19 infection. Since declaring this outbreak in late October, we have provided care to 125 patients with healthcare acquired COVID-19 infection.

“We continue to review our infection prevention practices as we learn more about the virus and national guidance is updated.

 

18/12/2020

 

Debra Hickman, Acting Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery, said: “As of this morning we are providing care to 43 patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital and community hospitals in the East area who currently have, or have had healthcare acquired COVID-19 infection. Since declaring this outbreak in late October, we have provided care to 121 patients with healthcare acquired COVID-19 infection.

“We continue to review our infection prevention practices as we learn more about the virus and national guidance is updated.

“COVID-19 is still circulating in communities across North Wales and as our hospitals come under increasing pressure, keeping patients and staff safe from infection becomes more challenging.

 

“Please continue to follow the government guidelines to help reduce the risk of infection in our communities, protect the NHS, and keep each other safe.”

 

15/12/2020

 

Debra Hickman, Acting Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery, said: “As of this morning we are providing care to 41 patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital and community hospitals in the East area who currently have, or have had healthcare acquired COVID-19 infection. Since declaring this outbreak in late October, we have provided care to 110 patients with healthcare acquired COVID-19 infection.

“We continue to review our infection prevention practices as we learn more about the virus and national guidance is updated.

 “COVID-19 is still circulating in communities across North Wales and as our hospitals come under increasing pressure, keeping patients and staff safe from infection becomes more challenging.

 

“Please continue to follow the government guidelines to help reduce the risk of infection in our communities, protect the NHS, and keep each other safe.”

 

04/12/2020

 

Debra Hickman, Acting Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery, said: “Since October 26th we have provided care to 92 patients with COVID-19 infection as part of the outbreak associated with Wrexham Maelor Hospital and community hospitals in the East area.

 

“All appropriate infection prevention measures are in place and these are being kept under ongoing review as we learn more about the virus and national guidance is updated.

 

“COVID-19 is still circulating in communities across North Wales and as our hospitals come under increasing pressure, keeping patients and staff safe from infection becomes more challenging. 

“Please continue to follow the government guidelines to help reduce the risk of infection in our communities, protect the NHS, and keep each other safe.”

 

20/11/2020

Dr Kate Clark, Acting Deputy Executive Medical Director, said: “As of this morning there are currently 49 COVID-19 cases associated with the outbreak at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

“We would ask the public to continue to follow the government guidelines to help reduce the risk of infection our communities. This not only helps us to keep our staff and patients safe, but will also keep your families and loved ones safe as well.”

13/11/2020

Debra Hickman, Acting Executive Director of Nursing at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “As of today, we are caring for 128 patients with COVID-19 in our hospitals. Six of these are in critical care. This number fluctuates from day-to-day but, so far, we are seeing fewer seriously ill patients than we did in the first wave of the pandemic, partly because we have learned more about treatments since the first wave.

“There are currently 20 hospital acquired cases of COVID-19 related to the outbreak at Wrexham Maelor Hospital and we continue to investigate each case and take appropriate action to prevent the spread of the virus.

“Following the firebreak, there is optimism that cases of COVID-19 per 100, 000 of population are starting to reduce. That said, we still have challenges including an ongoing outbreak at Wrexham Maelor Hospital and cases in care homes. We are working in partnership with local authorities and Public Health Wales to make sure any care homes in difficulty with cases of COVID-19 receive the support they need. This is an important part of protecting all health and social care settings in our communities from COVID-19.”

06/11/2020

Debra Hickman, Acting Executive Director of Nursing at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “The outbreak of COVID-19 infection that was declared on 31 August 2020 within the Central region, which includes Glan Clwyd Hospital and our community hospitals in Conwy and Denbighshire, has now been closed. 

“We currently have 33 patients in our Central hospitals which are healthcare acquired COVID-19 cases, the majority of whom are now recovering. 

“We have seen a rise in COVID-19 infections at Wrexham Maelor Hospital and a second outbreak affecting a small number of patients has now been declared.

“The virus is still circulating in our communities across North Wales. More patients with COVID-19 are being admitted into our hospitals. As our hospitals come under increasing pressure, keeping patients and staff safe from infection becomes more challenging. 

"A significant risk is that a patient can test negative for COVID-19 while the virus is in its incubation period, and then test positive after being admitted to hospital. All hospitals face the challenge of balancing the risk of infection while providing care for those who need it.

“We are appealing to the public to continue to follow the government guidelines to help reduce the risk of infection our communities. This not only helps us to keep our staff and patients safe, but will also keep your families and loved ones safe as well.”

 

23/10/2020

Debra Hickman, Acting Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board said: “As of this morning we are providing care to 23 patients with COVID-19 infection as part of the outbreak associated with hospitals in the Central region. This includes Glan Clwyd Hospital and our community hospitals. The majority of these patients have received care for more than 15 days at our hospitals and are recovering.

“The number of hospital acquired cases of COVID-19 in the Central region has reduced since the 31 August. We continue to investigate each case and take appropriate action to prevent the spread of the virus.

“Although cases of COVID-19 at Ysbyty Gwynedd have increased, they remain low. We have continued to see an increase in the number of patients being admitted with COVID-19 into Wrexham Maelor Hospital. 

“We urge the public to follow the new national guidance which comes into force at 6pm this evening in order to keep each other safe and protect the NHS.

“Please think long and hard about whether a trip to one of our hospitals is absolutely necessary. Visiting on our wards remains restricted except for some limited circumstances, as detailed on our website.

“Supporting vulnerable family or friends, or accessing healthcare services, remain the only reasons anyone other than staff should be accessing the site. People should continue to attend appointments unless they are told otherwise.

“If you need medical help or feel unwell, please consider whether support from a pharmacists or GP, or a visit to one of our MIUs, would be a quicker and more appropriate way of accessing care.”

 

16/10/2020

Dr Kate Clark, Deputy Executive Medical Director at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board: “As of this morning we are providing care to 25 patients with COVID-19 infection as part of the outbreak associated with hospitals in the Central region. This includes Glan Clwyd Hospital and our community hospitals. The majority of these patients have received care for more than 15 days at our hospitals and are recovering.

“Although cases at Ysbyty Gwynedd remain low, we are seeing an increase in the number of patients being admitted with COVID-19 into Wrexham Maelor Hospital. 

“It is now more important than ever that the public continue to follow government guidelines and the local restrictions in place in their areas to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“We continue to ask people to think long and hard about whether a trip to one of our hospitals is absolutely necessary. Visiting on our wards remains restricted except for some limited circumstances, as detailed on our website.

Supporting vulnerable family or friends, or accessing healthcare services, remain the only reasons anyone other than staff should be accessing the site.

“If you need medical help or feel unwell, please consider whether support from a pharmacists or GP, or a visit to one of our MIUs, would be a quicker and more appropriate way of accessing care.”

 

09/10/20

Debra Hickman, Acting Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “As of this morning we are providing care to 24 patients with COVID-19 infection as part of the outbreak associated with hospitals in the Central region. This includes Glan Clwyd Hospital, Colwyn Bay and Llandudno Hospitals. Nineteen of these patients have received care for more than 15 days at our hospitals and are recovering.

“Cases at Ysbyty Gwynedd and Wrexham Maelor Hospital, and our community hospitals in the East and West area remain low at present. However, we must not let this lull us into a false sense of security. We know there is a two-week time lag between a rise in community cases and hospital admissions.

“I’d like to thank people across North Wales for continuing to follow the advice and guidance set out by Welsh Government. In particular, thank you to everyone who is visiting our hospitals and following the guidance on wearing a mask or face covering.

“We continue to ask people to think long and hard about whether a trip to one of our hospitals is absolutely necessary. Visiting on our wards remains restricted except for some limited circumstances, as detailed on our website.

Supporting vulnerable family or friends, or accessing healthcare services, remain the only reasons anyone other than staff should be accessing the site.

“If you need medical help or feel unwell, please consider whether support from a pharmacists or GP, or a visit to one of our MIUs, would be a quicker and more appropriate way of accessing care.”


02/10/20

Debra Hickman, Acting Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “As of this morning we are providing care to 22 patients with COVID-19 infection as part of the outbreak associated with hospitals in the Central region. This includes Glan Clwyd Hospital, Colwyn Bay and Llandudno Hospitals. Thirteen of these patients have received care for more than 15 days at our hospitals and are recovering.

“Cases at Ysbyty Gwynedd and Wrexham Maelor Hospital, and our community hospitals in the East and West area remain low at present. However, we must not let this lull us into a false sense of security. We know there is a two-week time lag between a rise in community cases and hospital admissions.

“Everyone has a role to play in controlling the spread of the virus. Please help us to continue to reduce the risk of transmission by only visiting our hospitals if it is necessary. Supporting vulnerable family or friends, or accessing healthcare services, remain the only reasons anyone other than staff should be accessing the site.

“Although local restrictions for Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham came into force yesterday, it is important that people still attend any planned appointments unless they are told otherwise, even with restrictions on travel in place.

“We are also asking patients attending our Minor Injury Units at Llandudno Hospital, Denbigh Hospital and Holywell Hospital to please call ahead so we can manage demand and support social distancing.”


25/09/20

Debra Hickman, Acting Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “As of this morning we are providing care to 21 patients with COVID-19 infection as part of the outbreak associated with hospitals in the Central region. This includes Glan Clwyd Hospital, Colwyn Bay and Llandudno Hospitals. Nine of these patients have received care for more than 15 days at our hospitals and are recovering.

“A multi-agency outbreak control team is continuing to review control measures, including enhanced environmental cleaning, staff testing, compliance with all infection prevention measures and additional learning from the recently closed outbreak at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.  

“Cases at Ysbyty Gwynedd and Wrexham Maelor Hospital, and our community hospitals in the East and West area remain low at present.

“Please help us to continue to reduce the risk of transmission by only visiting our hospitals if it is absolutely necessary. Supporting vulnerable family or friends, or accessing healthcare services, remain the only reasons anyone other than staff should be accessing the site.

“Everyone has a role to play in controlling the spread of the virus. Please continue to follow the latest guidance from the Welsh Government and Public Health Wales. This includes keeping 2 metres apart; washing your hands regularly; wearing face coverings, where needed; only meeting 6 people from your extended household indoors; and only travelling when you need to.”

All staff, patients and visitors must wear a face covering in public areas in our hospitals, unless exempt because:

  • You are not able to put on or wear a face mask or covering because of a physical or mental illness, or because of a disability or impairment
  • You are accompanying somebody who relies on lip reading to communicate
  • You have another appropriate reason not to wear a face covering

21/09/20

Dr Kate Clark, Secondary Care Medical Director of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “Since 31 August, 2020 we have identified 23 patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection associated with an outbreak across hospitals in the Central region. This includes Glan Clwyd Hospital, Colwyn Bay and Llandudno Hospitals.

“As of this morning, 18 of those patients with COVID-19 related to this outbreak remain in our hospitals.

“A multi-agency outbreak control team has been established to review control measures that includes enhanced environmental cleaning, staff testing, compliance with all infection prevention measures and additional learning from the recently closed outbreak at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.  

“Cases at Ysbyty Gwynedd and Wrexham Maelor Hospital, and our community hospitals in the East and West area remain low at present.

“Please help us to continue to reduce the risk of transmission by only visiting our hospitals if it is absolutely necessary. Supporting vulnerable family or friends, or accessing healthcare services, remain the only reasons anyone other than staff should be accessing the site.

“Please continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales.”

All staff, patients and visitors must wear a face covering in public areas in our hospitals, unless exempt because:

  • You are not able to put on or wear a face mask or covering because of a physical or mental illness, or because of a disability or impairment
  • You are accompanying somebody who relies on lip reading to communicate
  • You have another appropriate reason not to wear a face covering

18/09/20

Dr Kate Clark, Secondary Care Medical Director for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: It has now been 28 days since any new positive cases of COVID-19 were identified as part of the outbreak in our East area, including Wrexham Maelor Hospital. As a result, we have declared that the outbreak is now closed.

“A multidisciplinary delivery group has been established to ensure that learning from the outbreak continues to be shared and embedded across the organisation. A full report into the outbreak, including data on all cases and deaths, is currently being produced by colleagues from across the Health Board.

“We aim for this to be presented at the Board’s Quality Safety and Experience Committee on November 3 for scrutiny and discussion.

“We would like to thank our staff and our partners for their support, professionalism and diligence in helping manage the outbreak. Our thoughts are with the families and patients who have been affected by this outbreak.

“We are currently managing 13 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Glan Clwyd Hospital, as well as a small number at Colwyn Bay and Llandudno Hospitals.

“Please help us continue to reduce the risk of transmission by only visiting our hospitals if it is absolutely necessary. Supporting vulnerable family or friends, or accessing healthcare services, remain the only reasons anyone other than staff should be accessing our sites.

“COVID-19 remains a significant risk, as seen by increasing numbers in communities across the UK, which serve as a timely reminder that the threat has not gone away. We will remain vigilant and continue to maintain stringent infection prevention standards at all times throughout all of our sites to keep patients and staff safe.

“Please continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales. The use of masks and face coverings indoors in public places is now mandatory in Wales. All staff and visitors must wear a face covering in public areas, unless exempt because:

  • You are not able to put on or wear a face mask or covering because of a physical or mental illness, or because of a disability or impairment
  • You are accompanying somebody who relies on lip reading to communicate
  • You have another appropriate reason not to wear a face covering

11/09/20

Debra Hickman, Interim Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “We have seen no new outbreak cases in the last 35 days among inpatients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. As of this morning there are currently nine recovering COVID-19 cases at the hospital. 

“We have seen an increase in cases at Glan Clwyd Hospital over the last week. We are currently managing 14 confirmed COVID-19 cases there, as well as a small number at Colwyn Bay and Llandudno Hospitals.

“A programme of staff and patient testing is underway. Universal screening is in place for all patients admitted to hospital. All patients who have tested positive are being appropriately isolated, in line with Public Health Wales’ policy on infection prevention and control measures.

“As we continue with a programme of additional testing, we expect to find more cases in patients and staff who are not currently symptomatic. This approach will help us build an accurate picture of the current situation, enabling us to safely manage patients and prevent any unknown potential transmission.

“Please help us continue to reduce the risk of transmission by only visiting our hospitals if it is absolutely necessary. Supporting vulnerable family or friends, or accessing healthcare services, remain the only reasons anyone other than staff should be accessing our sites.

“Please continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales. We strongly encourage patients and visitors and expect our staff to wear a mask or face-covering in our hospitals in order to reduce the risk of transmission and keep each other safe.”

Further notes:

  • Due to the risk of identifying patients, we will not be providing specific numbers for the two community hospital sites.
  • Weekly numbers of cases with onset in hospital are provided by Health Board on the Public Health Wales COVID-19 surveillance dashboard

04/09/20

Gill Harris, Acting Chief Executive of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “As of this morning there are currently nine confirmed COVID-19 cases at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

“Of the nine patients in our hospital, none of them are receiving intensive care and we know all of these patients have now been cared for more than 15 days at the hospital and are recovering.

“We have seen no new outbreak cases of COVID-19 in the last four weeks amongst inpatients.  

“Cases at Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan, Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor and our community hospitals remain low at present, in line with the rest of Wales.

“Please help us to continue to reduce the risk of transmission by only visiting our hospitals if it is absolutely necessary. Supporting vulnerable family or friends, or accessing healthcare services, remain the only reasons anyone other than staff should be accessing the site

“Please continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales. We strongly encourage patients and visitors and expect our staff to wear a mask or face-covering in our hospitals in order to reduce the risk of transmission and keep each other safe.


21/08/20

Gill Harris, Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “As of this morning there are currently 26 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. Most of these patients have now received care for more than 15 days at the hospital and are recovering.

“Cases at Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan, Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor and our community hospitals remain low at present, in line with the rest of Wales.

“Please help us to continue to reduce the risk of transmission by only visiting the Wrexham Maelor site if it is absolutely necessary. Supporting vulnerable family or friends, or accessing healthcare services, remain the only reasons anyone other than staff should be accessing the site

“Please continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales. We strongly encourage patients and visitors and expect our staff to wear a mask or face-covering in our hospitals in order to reduce the risk of transmission and keep each other safe.

“Given that we are almost into the fifth week of the outbreak and almost two weeks have elapsed since the last positive case, as of today, we will be moving to providing outbreak updates on a weekly basis on a Friday. This will be kept under review and more frequent updates will be provided if there is a rise in cases associated with this outbreak.”

Please note:

  • Measures taken to reduce the risk of transmission include screening all patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. All staff have access to PPE, and all staff who are working in an area with a confirmed case are being tested, in accordance with national guidance.
  • Anybody with concerns about loved ones in our hospitals can contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service.
  • Weekly numbers of cases with onset in hospital are provided by Health Board on the Public Health Wales COVID-19 surveillance dashboard

20/08/20

Dr Kate Clark, Secondary Care Medical Director for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “As of this morning there are currently 28 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. Most of these patients have now received care for more than 15 days at the hospital and are recovering.

“Cases at Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan, Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor and our community hospitals remain low at present, in line with the rest of Wales.

“Please help us to continue to reduce the risk of transmission by only visiting the Wrexham Maelor site if it is absolutely necessary. Supporting vulnerable family or friends, or accessing healthcare services, remain the only reasons anyone other than staff should be accessing the site

“Please continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales. We strongly encourage patients and visitors and expect our staff to wear a mask or face-covering in our hospitals in order to reduce the risk of transmission and keep each other safe.”

Please note:

  • Measures taken to reduce the risk of transmission include screening all patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. All staff have access to PPE, and all staff who are working in an area with a confirmed case are being tested, in accordance with national guidance.
  • Anybody with concerns about loved ones in our hospitals can contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service.
  • Weekly numbers of cases with onset in hospital are provided by Health Board on the Public Health Wales COVID-19 surveillance dashboard

19/08/20

Gill Harris, Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “As of this morning there are currently 28 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. Most of these patients have now received care for more than 15 days at the hospital and are recovering.

“Cases at Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan, Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor and our community hospitals remain low at present, in line with the rest of Wales.

“Please help us to continue to reduce the risk of transmission by only visiting the Wrexham Maelor site if it is absolutely necessary. Supporting vulnerable family or friends, or accessing healthcare services, remain the only reasons anyone other than staff should be accessing the site

“Please continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales. We strongly encourage patients and visitors and expect our staff to wear a mask or face-covering in our hospitals in order to reduce the risk of transmission and keep each other safe.”

Please note:

  • Measures taken to reduce the risk of transmission include screening all patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. All staff have access to PPE, and all staff who are working in an area with a confirmed case are being tested, in accordance with national guidance.
  • Anybody with concerns about loved ones in our hospitals can contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service.
  • Weekly numbers of cases with onset in hospital are provided by Health Board on the Public Health Wales COVID-19 surveillance dashboard

18/08/20

Dr Kate Clark, Secondary Care Medical Director for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “As of this morning there are currently 29 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, most of these patients have now been cared for more than 15 days at the hospital and are recovering.

“There remains a small number of cases at Deeside Community Hospital and Mold Community Hospital.

“Cases at Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan, Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor and our community hospitals remain low at present, in line with the rest of Wales.

“Please help us to continue to reduce the risk of transmission by only visiting the Wrexham Maelor site if it is absolutely necessary. Supporting vulnerable family or friends, or accessing healthcare services, remain the only reasons anyone other than staff should be accessing the site

“Please continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales, and we strongly encourage you to wear a mask or face-covering if visiting any of our hospitals.”

Please note:

  • Due to the risk of identifying patients, we will not be providing specific numbers for Deeside Community Hospital and Mold Community Hospital.
  • Measures taken to reduce the risk of transmission include screening all patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. All staff have access to PPE, and all staff who are working in an area with a confirmed case are being tested, in accordance with national guidance.
  • Anybody with concerns about loved ones in our hospitals can contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service.
  • Weekly numbers of cases with onset in hospital are provided by Health Board on the Public Health Wales COVID-19 surveillance dashboard

17/08/20

Dr Kate Clark, Secondary Care Medical Director for Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board, said: “As of this morning, there are currently 31 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.  The majority of these patients have now been cared for more than 15 days at the hospital and are in recovery.

“There remains a small number of cases at Deeside Community Hospital.

“Cases at Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan, Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor and our community hospitals remain low at present, in line with the rest of Wales.

“Please help us to continue to reduce the risk of transmission by only visiting the Wrexham Maelor site if it is absolutely necessary. Supporting vulnerable family or friends, or accessing healthcare services, remain the only reasons anyone other than staff should be accessing the site.

“Please continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales, and we strongly encourage you to wear a mask or face-covering if visiting any of our hospitals.”

Please note:

  • Due to the risk of identifying patients, we will not be providing specific numbers for Deeside Community Hospital.
  • Measures taken to reduce the risk of transmission include screening all patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. All staff have access to PPE, and all staff who are working in an area with a confirmed case are being tested, in accordance with national guidance.
  • Anybody with concerns about loved ones in our hospitals can contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service.
  • Weekly numbers of cases with onset in hospital are provided by Health Board on the Public Health Wales COVID-19 surveillance dashboard

16/08/20

Gill Harris, Executive Director for Nursing and Midwifery for Betsi Cadwaladr Universtity Health Board, said: “As of this morning there are 30 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, most of these patients have now been cared for more than 15 days at the hospital and are recovering.

“We have not seen any new confirmed COVID-19 cases at the hospital in the last eight days.

“There remains a small number of cases at Deeside Community Hospital.

“Please help us to continue to reduce the risk of transmission by only visiting the Wrexham Maelor site if it is absolutely necessary. Supporting vulnerable family or friends, or accessing healthcare services, remain the only reasons anyone other than staff should be accessing the site

“Please continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales, and we strongly encourage you to wear a mask or face-covering if visiting any of our hospitals.”

Please note:

  • Due to the risk of identifying patients, we will not be providing specific numbers for Deeside Community Hospital.
  • Measures taken to reduce the risk of transmission include screening all patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. All staff have access to PPE, and all staff who are working in an area with a confirmed case are being tested, in accordance with national guidance.
  • Anybody with concerns about loved ones in our hospitals can contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service.
  • Weekly numbers of cases with onset in hospital are provided by Health Board on the Public Health Wales COVID-19 surveillance dashboard

15/08/2020

Gill Harris, Executive Director for Nursing and Midwifery, said: “As of this morning there are 30 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, most of these patients have now been cared for more than 15 days at the hospital and are recovering.

“We have not seen any new confirmed COVID-19 cases at the hospital in the last seven days.

“There remains a small number of cases at Deeside Community Hospital.

“Please help us to continue to reduce the risk of transmission by only visiting the Wrexham Maelor site if it is absolutely necessary. Supporting vulnerable family or friends, or accessing healthcare services, remain the only reasons anyone other than staff should be accessing the site

“Please continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales, and we strongly encourage you to wear a mask or face-covering if visiting any of our hospitals.”

Please note:

  • Due to the risk of identifying patients, we will not be providing specific numbers for Deeside Community Hospital.
  • Measures taken to reduce the risk of transmission include screening all patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. All staff have access to PPE, and all staff who are working in an area with a confirmed case are being tested, in accordance with national guidance.
  • Anybody with concerns about loved ones in our hospitals can contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service.
  • Weekly numbers of cases with onset in hospital are provided by Health Board on the Public Health Wales COVID-19 surveillance dashboard

14/08/2020

Gill Harris, Executive Director for Nursing and Midwifery, said: “As of this morning there are 31 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, most of these patients have now been cared for more than 15 days at the hospital and are recovering.

“We have not seen any new confirmed COVID-19 cases at the hospital in the last six days.

“There remains a small number of cases at Deeside Community Hospital.

“Please help us to continue to reduce the risk of transmission by only visiting the Wrexham Maelor site if it is absolutely necessary. Supporting vulnerable family or friends, or accessing healthcare services, remain the only reasons anyone other than staff should be accessing the site

“Please continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales, and we strongly encourage you to wear a mask or face-covering if visiting any of our hospitals.”

Please note:

  • Due to the risk of identifying patients, we will not be providing specific numbers for Deeside Community Hospital.
  • Measures taken to reduce the risk of transmission include screening all patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. All staff have access to PPE, and all staff who are working in an area with a confirmed case are being tested, in accordance with national guidance.
  • Anybody with concerns about loved ones in our hospitals can contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service.
  • Weekly numbers of cases with onset in hospital are provided by Health Board on the Public Health Wales COVID-19 surveillance dashboard

13/08/2020

Gill Harris, Executive Director for Nursing and Midwifery, said: “As of this morning there are 32 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

“We have not seen any new confirmed COVID-19 cases at the hospital in the last five days.

“There remains a small number of cases at Deeside Community Hospital.

“Please continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales, and wear a mask or face-covering if visiting any of our sites.

“Signs to look out for include a new continuous cough, high temperature, and a loss of or change in your normal sense of taste or smell." 

Please note:

  • Due to the risk of identifying patients, we will not be providing specific numbers for Deeside Community Hospital.
  • Measures taken to reduce the risk of transmission include screening all patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. All staff have access to PPE, and all staff who are working in an area with a confirmed case are being tested, in accordance with national guidance.
  • Anybody with concerns about loved ones in our hospitals can contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service.
  • Weekly numbers of cases with onset in hospital are provided by Health Board on the Public Health Wales COVID-19 surveillance dashboard

12/08/2020

Dr Kate Clark, Secondary Care Medical Director for Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board, said: “As of this morning there are 33 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

“We have not seen any new confirmed COVID-19 cases at the hospital in the last four days.

“There remains a small number of cases at Deeside Community Hospital.

“We urge the public across North Wales to continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales.

“Signs to look out for include a new continuous cough, high temperature, and a loss of or change in your normal sense of taste or smell." 

Please note:

  • Due to the risk of identifying patients, we will not be providing specific numbers for Deeside Community Hospital.
  • Measures taken to reduce the risk of transmission include screening all patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. All staff have access to PPE, and all staff who are working in an area with a confirmed case are being tested, in accordance with national guidance.
  • Anybody with concerns about loved ones in our hospitals can contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service.   
  • Weekly numbers of cases with onset in hospital are provided by Health Board on the Public Health Wales COVID-19 surveillance dashboard

11/08/2020

Dr Kate Clark, Secondary Care Medical Director, said: “Over the last 72 hours we have seen no new confirmed COVID-19 cases at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

“As of this morning there are 36 confirmed COVID-19 cases at the hospital.

“There remains a small number of cases at Deeside Community Hospital, Chirk Hospital, and Mold Community Hospital.

“We urge the public across North Wales to continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales.

“Signs to look out for include a new continuous cough, high temperature, and a loss of or change in your normal sense of taste or smell." 

Please note:

  • Due to the risk of identifying patients, we will not be providing specific numbers for the three community hospital sites.
  • Measures taken to reduce the risk of transmission include screening all patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. All staff have access to PPE, and all staff who are working in an area with a confirmed case are being tested, in accordance with national guidance.
  • Anybody with concerns about loved ones in our hospitals can contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service.   
  • Weekly numbers of cases with onset in hospital are provided by Health Board on the Public Health Wales COVID-19 surveillance dashboard

10/08/2020

Dr Kate Clark, Secondary Care Medical Director, said: “Over the last 48 hours we have seen no new confirmed COVID-19 cases at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

“As of this morning there are 41 confirmed COVID-19 cases at the hospital.

“There remains a small number of cases at Deeside Community Hospital, Chirk Hospital, and Mold Community Hospital.

“We urge the public across North Wales to continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales.

“Signs to look out for include a new continuous cough, high temperature, and a loss of or change in your normal sense of taste or smell." 

Please note:

  • Due to the risk of identifying patients, we will not be providing specific numbers for the three community hospital sites.
  • Measures taken to reduce the risk of transmission include screening all patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. All staff have access to PPE, and all staff who are working in an area with a confirmed case are being tested, in accordance with national guidance.
  • Anybody with concerns about loved ones in our hospitals can contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service.   
  • Weekly numbers of cases with onset in hospital are provided by Health Board on the Public Health Wales COVID-19 surveillance dashboard

09/08/2020

Dr Kate Clark, Secondary Care Medical Director for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “Over the last 24 hours we have seen no new confirmed COVID-19 cases at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

“As of this morning there are 43 confirmed COVID-19 cases at the hospital.

“There remains a small number of cases at Deeside Community Hospital, Chirk Hospital, and Mold Community Hospital.

“We urge the public across North Wales to continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales.

“Signs to look out for include a new continuous cough, high temperature, and a loss of or change in your normal sense of taste or smell." 

Please note:

  • Due to the risk of identifying patients, we will not be providing specific numbers for the three community hospital sites.
  • Measures taken to reduce the risk of transmission include screening all patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. All staff have access to PPE, and all staff who are working in an area with a confirmed case are being tested, in accordance with national guidance.
  • Anybody with concerns about loved ones in our hospitals can contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service.   
  • Weekly numbers of cases with onset in hospital are provided by Health Board on the Public Health Wales COVID-19 surveillance dashboard

08/08/2020

Dr Kate Clark, Secondary Care Medical Director, said: “There are 44 confirmed COVID-19 cases at the hospital. Many of these patients have now been cared for more than 15 days at the hospital and are recovering.

“There remains a small number of cases at Deeside Community Hospital, Chirk Hospital, and Mold Community Hospital.

“We urge residents across North Wales, not just in the Wrexham area, to continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales.

“Signs to look out for include a new continuous cough, high temperature, and a loss of or change in your normal sense of taste or smell." 

Please note:

  • Due to the risk of identifying patients, we will not be providing specific numbers for the three community hospital sites.
  • Measures taken to reduce the risk of transmission include screening all patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. All staff have access to PPE, and all staff who are working in an area with a confirmed case are being tested, in accordance with national guidance.
  • Anybody with concerns about loved ones in our hospitals can contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service.   
  • Weekly numbers of cases with onset in hospital are provided by Health Board on the Public Health Wales COVID-19 surveillance dashboard

07/08/2020

Dr Kate Clark, Secondary Care Medical Director, said: “There are 50 confirmed COVID-19 cases at the hospital. Many of these patients have now been cared for for more than 15 days at the hospital and are recovering.

“There remains a small number of cases at Deeside Community Hospital, Chirk Hospital, and Mold Community Hospital.

“We urge residents across North Wales, not just in the Wrexham area, to continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales.

“Signs to look out for include a new continuous cough, high temperature, and a loss of or change in your normal sense of taste or smell." 

Please note:

  • Due to the risk of identifying patients, we will not be providing specific numbers for the three community hospital sites.
  • Measures taken to reduce the risk of transmission include screening all patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. All staff have access to PPE, and all staff who are working in an area with a confirmed case are being tested, in accordance with national guidance.
  • Anybody with concerns about loved ones in our hospitals can contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service.   
  • Weekly numbers of cases with onset in hospital are provided by Health Board on the Public Health Wales COVID-19 surveillance dashboard

06/08/2020

Gill Harris, Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “As of this morning we have had one new COVID-19 case at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

“There are 54 confirmed COVID-19 cases at the hospital. Many of these patients have now been cared for for more than 15 days at the hospital.

There remains a small number of cases at Deeside Community Hospital, Chirk Hospital, and Mold Community Hospital.

“We urge residents across North Wales, not just in the Wrexham area, to continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales.

“Signs to look out for include a new continuous cough, high temperature, and a loss of or change in your normal sense of taste or smell." 


05/08/2020

Gill Harris, Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “As of this morning we have had no new COVID-19 cases at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. There are 56 confirmed COVID-19 cases at the hospital. There remains a small number of cases at Deeside Community Hospital, Chirk Hospital, and Mold Community Hospital.

“Please help us to continue to reduce the risk of transmission by only visiting the Wrexham Maelor site if it is absolutely necessary. Supporting vulnerable family or friends, or accessing healthcare services, remain the only reasons anyone other than staff should be accessing the site.  

“Our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service has a Letters to Loved Ones service in place to help you keep in touch with friends and family in hospital without needing to visit.

“We urge residents across North Wales, not just in the Wrexham area, to continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales.

“Signs to look out for include a new continuous cough, high temperature, and a loss of or change in your normal sense of taste or smell." 

Please note:

  • Due to the risk of identifying patients, we will not be providing specific numbers for the three community hospital sites.
  • Measures taken to reduce the risk of transmission include screening all patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. All staff have access to PPE, and all staff who are working in an area with a confirmed case are being tested, in accordance with national guidance.
  • Anybody with concerns about loved ones in our hospitals can contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service.   
  • Weekly numbers of cases with onset in hospital are provided by Health Board on the Public Health Wales COVID-19 surveillance dashboard

04/08/2020

Gill Harris, Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “As of this morning we have had no new COVID-19 cases at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

“There are 59 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Wrexham Maelor and there remains a small number of cases at Deeside Community Hospital, Chirk Hospital, and Mold Community Hospital.

“Please help us to continue to reduce the risk of transmission by only visiting the Wrexham Maelor site if it is absolutely necessary. Supporting vulnerable family or friends, or accessing healthcare services, remain the only reasons anyone other than staff should be accessing the site.  

“Our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service has a Letters to Loved Ones service in place to help you keep in touch with friends and family in hospital without needing to visit.

“We urge residents across North Wales, not just in the Wrexham area, to continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales.

“Signs to look out for include a new continuous cough, high temperature, and a loss of or change in your normal sense of taste or smell." 

Please note:

  • Due to the risk of identifying patients, we will not be providing specific numbers for the three community hospital sites.
  • Measures taken to reduce the risk of transmission include screening all patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. All staff have access to PPE, and all staff who are working in an area with a confirmed case are being tested, in accordance with national guidance.
  • Anybody with concerns about loved ones in our hospitals can contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service.   
  • Weekly numbers of cases with onset in hospital are provided by Health Board on the Public Health Wales COVID-19 surveillance dashboard

03/08/2020

Gill Harris, Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “As of this morning there were 59 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

“There remains a small number of cases at Deeside Community Hospital, Chirk Hospital, and Mold Community Hospital.

“Please help us to continue to reduce the risk of transmission by only visiting the Wrexham Maelor site if it is absolutely necessary. Supporting vulnerable family or friends, or accessing healthcare services, remain the only reasons anyone other than staff should be accessing the site.  

“From today, we are also asking people who visit all of our sites to wear a mask or face covering.

“Our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service has a Letters to Loved Ones service in place to help you keep in touch with friends and family in hospital without needing to visit.

“We urge residents across North Wales, not just in the Wrexham area, to continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales.

“Signs to look out for include a new continuous cough, high temperature, and a loss of or change in your normal sense of taste or smell." 

Please note:

  • Due to the risk of identifying patients, we will not be providing specific numbers for the three community hospital sites.
  • Measures taken to reduce the risk of transmission include screening all patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, . All staff have access to PPE, and all staff who are working in an area with a confirmed case are being tested, in accordance with national guidance.
  • Anybody with concerns about loved ones in our hospitals can contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service.   
  • Weekly numbers of cases with onset in hospital are provided by Health Board on the Public Health Wales COVID-19 surveillance dashboard

02/08/2020

Gill Harris, Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “As of this morning there were 61 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. We expect this number to fluctuate as test results are received and new patients are admitted to the hospital. There remains a small number of cases at Deeside Community Hospital, Chirk Hospital, and Mold Community Hospital.

“As part of a proactive approach at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, we continue to screen all patients. All staff have access to the appropriate PPE, and staff who have worked in an environment where we have a confirmed positive cluster have also been tested, in accordance with national guidance.

“As we continue with this proactive approach we expect to find more cases in patients and staff who are not currently symptomatic. This is crucial as it will provide a transparent and accurate picture of the current situation, enabling us to safely manage patients and prevent any unknown potential transmission.

“Please help us to continue to reduce the risk of transmission by only visiting the Wrexham Maelor site if it is absolutely necessary. Supporting vulnerable family or friends, or accessing healthcare services, remain the only reasons anyone other than staff should be accessing the site.  Our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service has a Letters to Loved Ones service in place to help you keep in touch with friends and family in hospital without needing to visit.

“Anybody with concerns about loved ones in our hospitals can contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service.   

“We urge residents across North Wales, not just in the Wrexham area, to continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales.

“Signs to look out for include a new continuous cough, high temperature, and a loss of or change in your normal sense of taste or smell." 

Please note:

  • Due to the risk of identifying patients, we will not be providing specific numbers for the three community hospital sites.
  • Weekly numbers of cases with onset in hospital are provided by Health Board on the Public Health Wales COVID-19 surveillance dashboard

01/08/2020

Gill Harris, Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “As of this morning there were 64 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. We expect this number to fluctuate as test results are received and new patients are admitted to the hospital. There remain a small number of cases at Deeside Community Hospital, Chirk Hospital, and Mold Community Hospital.

“As part of a proactive approach at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, we continue to screen all patients. All staff have access to the appropriate PPE, and staff who have worked in an environment where we have a confirmed positive cluster have also been tested, in accordance with national guidance.

“As we continue with this proactive approach we expect to find more cases in patients and staff who are not currently symptomatic. This is crucial as it will provide a transparent and accurate picture of the current situation, enabling us to safely manage patients and prevent any unknown potential transmission.

“Please help us to continue to reduce the risk of transmission by only visiting the Wrexham Maelor site if it is absolutely necessary over the weekend. Supporting vulnerable family or friends, or accessing healthcare services, remain the only reasons anyone other than staff should be accessing the site.  Our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service has a Letters to Loved Ones service in place to help you keep in touch with friends and family in hospital without needing to visit.

“Anybody with concerns about loved ones in our hospitals can contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service.   

“Today is the last day that mobile testing centres in Caia Park and Hightown in Wrexham will be operational. I want to thank the local community and every person who has come forward for a test. We urge residents across North Wales, not just in the Wrexham area, to continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales.

“Signs to look out for include a new continuous cough, high temperature, and a loss of or change in your normal sense of taste or smell." 

Please note:

  • Due to the risk of identifying patients, we will not be providing specific numbers for the three community hospital sites.
  • Weekly numbers of cases with onset in hospital are provided by Health Board on the Public Health Wales COVID-19 surveillance dashboard

31/07/2020

Gill Harris, Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “As of this morning there were 59 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. We expect this number to fluctuate as test results are received and new patients are admitted to the hospital. There remain a small number of cases at Deeside Community Hospital, Chirk Hospital, and Mold Community Hospital.

“We have had a high incidence of patients contracting COVID-19 at the hospital in recent weeks and people are understandably anxious about this. We are confident that the infection prevention measures we have put in place are helping to reduce hospital transmission. The majority of new cases identified in the past few days have been as a result of community transmission of the virus.

“Please help us to continue to reduce the risk of transmissions by only visiting the Wrexham Maelor site if it is absolutely necessary over the weekend. Supporting vulnerable family or friends, or accessing healthcare services, remain the only reasons anyone other than staff should be accessing the site.  

“Staff are on hand ready to provide PPE to visitors who do visit the site, but we want people to think long and hard about whether a trip to the Maelor is necessary right now. Our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service has a Letters to Loved Ones service in place to help you keep in touch with friends and family in hospital without needing to visit.

“Anybody with concerns about loved ones in our hospitals can contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service.   

“Similarly, we urge residents across North Wales, not just in the Wrexham area, to continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales.

“Mobile testing centres remain available today and tomorrow (Saturday 1 August) at Caia Park Health Centre (Prince Charles Road) and Hightown Community Resource Centre (Fusilier Way). Residents can get a test without booking by attending either site between 9am and 6pm, with results returning within 48-72 hours.

“Signs to look out for include a new continuous cough, high temperature, and a lost or change in your normal sense of taste or smell.

Measures taken to reduce hospital transmissions include:

  • Instigated universal screening for all patients on wards where we may or have had a COVID-19 positive patient
  • Screening every patient admitted to our hospitals.
  • All patients who test positive are appropriately isolated and all infection prevention and control measures are in place. 
  • All staff have access to the appropriate PPE, and staff who have worked in an environment where we have a confirmed positive cluster have also been tested, in accordance with national guidance.
  • As we continue with this proactive approach we expect to find more cases in patients and staff who are not currently symptomatic. This is crucial as it will provide a transparent and accurate picture of the current situation, enabling us to safely manage patients and prevent any unknown potential transmission.

General advice and guidance remains:

  • Continue to follow the public health guidance around regular hand washing and following social distancing guidance to help prevent transmission of the virus.

Further notes:

  • Due to the risk of identifying patients, we will not be providing specific numbers for the three community hospital sites.
  • Weekly numbers of cases with onset in hospital are provided by Health Board on the Public Health Wales COVID-19 surveillance dashboard

30/07/2020

Gill Harris, Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “As of this morning there were 63 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. However, this number is expected to fluctuate throughout the day as test results are received.

“We have had a high incidence of patients contracting COVID-19 at the hospital in recent weeks and people are understandably anxious about this. We would encourage anyone with concerns to contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service.  We are confident that the infection prevention measures we have put in place are helping to reduce hospital transmission. The majority of new cases identified in the past few days have been as a result of community transmission of the virus.

“We continue to have a small number of confirmed cases at Deeside Community Hospital, Chirk Hospital, and Mold Community Hospital. Due to the risk of identifying patients, we will not be providing specific numbers for the three sites. A number of measures have been put in place to help these community hospitals manage the risk of COVID-19.

“As part of a proactive approach at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, we have instigated universal screening for all patients on wards where we may or have had a COVID-19 positive patient. This is in addition to screening every patient admitted to our hospitals. All patients who test positive are appropriately isolated and all infection prevention and control measures are in place.  All staff have access to the appropriate PPE, and staff who have worked in an environment where we have a confirmed positive cluster have also been tested, in accordance with national guidance.

“As we continue with this proactive approach we expect to find more cases in patients and staff who are not currently symptomatic. This is crucial as it will provide a transparent and accurate picture of the current situation, enabling us to safely manage patients and prevent any unknown potential transmission.

“We continue to ask for the public’s help in managing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. We want to limit the number of visitors to our hospital sites and as hospital visiting is still suspended, we are asking that you only have someone accompany you if necessary. If you are unable to attend an appointment please notify us as soon as possible. 

“Please continue to follow the public health guidance around regular hand washing and following social distancing guidance to help prevent transmission of the virus.

“We continue to ask patients, the public and staff to wear face coverings in public areas of our hospitals.

“Mobile testing centres continue to be available at Caia Park Health Centre (Prince Charles Road) and Hightown Community Resource Centre (Fusilier Way). People will be able to get a test without booking by attending either site between 9am and 6pm for the next few days. Anyone who is concerned they have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, should get tested.

“Testing will help us to identify positive cases of COVID-19 in our communities, and support people in self-isolating to prevent the spread of the virus. If you aren’t experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you can still play your part by continuing to follow the guidance on hand hygiene, social distancing, and the latest advice from Public Health Wales and the Welsh Government.” 

Further notes

Weekly numbers of cases with onset in hospital are provided by Health Board on the Public Health Wales COVID-19 surveillance dashboard


29/07/2020

Gill Harris, Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “We currently have between 60 and 70 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

“We continue to have a small number of confirmed cases at Deeside Community Hospital, Chirk Hospital, and Mold Community Hospital. Due to the risk of identifying patients, we will not be providing specific numbers for the three sites. A number of measures have been put in place to help these community hospitals manage the risk of COVID-19.

“As part of a proactive approach at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, we have instigated universal screening for all patients on wards where we may or have had a COVID-19 positive patient. This is in addition to screening every patient admitted to our hospitals. All patients who test positive are appropriately isolated and all infection prevention and control measures are in place. All staff have access to the appropriate PPE, and staff who have worked in an environment where we have a confirmed positive cluster have also been tested, in accordance with national guidance.

“We continue to ask for the public’s help in managing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. We want to limit the number of visitors to our hospital sites and as hospital visiting is still suspended, we are asking that you only have someone accompany you if necessary. If you are unable to attend an appointment please notify us as soon as possible. 

“Please continue to follow the public health guidance around regular hand washing and following social distancing guidance to help prevent transmission of the virus.

“Two mobile testing centres have been set up in Wrexham today to help manage cases of COVID-19 in the community. They are based at Caia Park Health Centre (Prince Charles Road) and Hightown Community Resource Centre (Fusilier Way).  People will be able to get a test without booking by attending either site between 9am and 6pm for the next few days.

“We continue to ask patients, the public and staff to wear face coverings in public areas of our hospitals.”

Further notes

As the number of cases will fluctuate on a daily or hourly basis, we will not be able to provide accurate details of the number of cases other than the information provided by Public Health Wales. Weekly numbers of cases with onset in hospital are provided by Health Board on the Public Health Wales COVID-19 surveillance dashboard


28/07/2020

Gill Harris, Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “We currently have between 70 and 80 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

“A small number of confirmed cases are also present at Deeside Community Hospital, Chirk Hospital, and Mold Community Hospital. Due to the risk of identifying patients, we will not be providing specific numbers for the three sites.

“As part of a proactive approach at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, we have instigated universal screening for all patients on wards where we may or have had a COVID-19 positive patient. This is in addition to screening every patient admitted to our hospitals. All patients who test positive are appropriately isolated and all infection prevention and control measures are in place. 

“We continue to ask for the public’s help in managing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. We want to limit the number of visitors to our hospital sites and as hospital visiting is still suspended, we are asking that you only have someone accompany you if necessary. If you are unable to attend an appointment please notify us as soon as possible. 

“Please continue to follow the public health guidance around regular hand washing and following social distancing guidance to help prevent transmission of the virus.

“Two mobile testing centres will be set up in Wrexham tomorrow to help manage cases of COVID-19 in the community. They will be based at Caia Park Health Centre (Prince Charles Road) and Hightown Community Resource Centre (Fusilier Way).  People will be able to get a test without booking by attending either site between 9am and 6pm for the next few days.

 

"We continue to ask patients, the public and staff who do visit the Maelor site to wear face coverings or masks in public areas in our hospitals.”

 

Further notes

As the number of cases will fluctuate on a daily or hourly basis, we will not be able to provide accurate details of the number of cases other than the information provided by Public Health Wales. Weekly numbers of cases with onset in hospital are provided by Health Board on the Public Health Wales COVID-19 surveillance dashboard

We are actively encouraging patients, the public and staff to wear face coverings or masks in public areas in our hospitals.


27/07/2020

We can confirm that there are currently between 60 and 70 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. 

Gill Harris, Executive Director of Nursing & Midwifery at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said:

“We are actively testing staff and patients across our hospital sites, this includes all emergency admissions and those due to come in for planned surgery before they are admitted to hospital. Therefore, we expect to find more cases of COVID-19.

“Weekly numbers of cases with onset of symptoms or a positive screen in hospital are provided by Health Board on the Public Health Wales COVID-19 surveillance dashboard. 

 “We ask that people continue to avoid coming into our hospitals with any COVID-19 symptoms and avoid visiting the Wrexham Maelor Hospital Emergency Department unless it is necessary.

“We are actively encouraging patients, the public and staff to wear face coverings or masks in public areas in our hospitals.

“We would like to appeal to the public for their support as we all have a role to play in preventing the spread of infection. We ask that our communities continue to maintain good hand hygiene and observe social distancing guidance.”