Covid-19 outbreak confirmed at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport – Wales Online

An outbreak of coronavirus has hit the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport.

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has confirmed that there are 14 patients currently affected on three adults wards, but none have been taken to intensive care.

A spokesman said: “The health board is responding to a Covid-19 outbreak at the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, which has affected three adult wards.

“There are currently 14 patients affected. There are no staff affected in the outbreak wards and no patients from these wards have needed to be admitted to intensive care.

“The hospital outbreak has been declared on the advice of the infection prevention and control team and the lead infection control doctor.

“Infection control procedures are being implemented to minimise the spread of this highly infectious virus and this includes the reintroduction of a ‘no visiting’ policy at the hospital, with the exception of visits agreed for maternity and paediatric patients.”

The health board said it continues to work closely with Public Health Wales and consultants for communicable disease.

“We would ask anyone with Covid-19 symptoms to avoid visiting our hospitals across Gwent,” the spokesman added.

“Those people affected should isolate, arrange for a test, and manage their symptoms at home. Patients with worsening symptoms should call NHS 111 for help and advice. As always, please dial 999 in an emergency.”#

The outbreak at the Royal Gwent follows a more significant outbreak at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant which has affected 135 patients to date and led to 25 deaths.

The Princess of Wales in Bridgend and Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil have also had smaller outbreaks.

Commenting on the Royal Gwent outbreak, Welsh Conservative health spokesperson, Andrew RT Davies MS said: “This is the latest in a string of concerning coronavirus outbreaks in one of Wales’ major hospitals. 

“Our thoughts are with those concerned and I’m sure there will be robust and urgent action taken to protect patients and staff at the Royal Gwent.

“The Welsh Labour Government must immediately explore all avenues to ramp up testing capacity, and to activate field hospitals and Covid-light facilities to compensate where possible for the inevitable disruption to services. 

“There have been several outbreaks in Welsh hospitals of late and lessons must be learnt, with all infection prevention and control measures urgently reviewed to ensure we can best protect both patients and staff during the winter months.”