THE CARDIFF and Vale University Health Board has introduced a no-visiting policy in all of its hospitals for the foreseeable future due to rising coronavirus cases.

Rising cases have added to normal winter pressures, and last week the health board called on ex-health workers to step up to work in hospitals for the winter.

A spokesperson for the health board said: “In light of Wales being at Alert Level 4, we have implemented a no visiting policy across our hospital sites to help protect our visitors, patients, and staff.

“The risk is very high and we must limit the spread of the virus.

“We're asking loved ones of patients to consider alternative methods for maintaining regular contact, such as virtual visiting, patient messages and our patient clothing drop-off service, which can be arranged by our Patient Experience team

“You must not attend our sites if you or a member of your household have been contacted by Test and Trace and told to isolate, or if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.”

The policy does allow for visiting in exceptional circumstances only. The exceptional circumstances are;

  • Those receiving end of life care
  • For a patient with Learning disabilities/carer needs
  • Paediatric inpatients and neonates at the Children's Hospital for Wales

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