Latest Official Information from the Health Board on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Wednesday 27th May 2020

Updated Guidance for Covid-19 Testing at Rodney Parade

This is a reminder of how key (critical) workers, their household members and their immediate contacts can be tested for COVID-19 at the testing centre at Rodney Parade in Newport.

Individuals that are symptomatic of COVID-19 should email COVID-19.Testing.Unit.ABB@wales.nhs.uk directly to request a test - they should email on the first day that they experience symptoms. Employers can continue to make a referral on behalf of their employees, especially if it is part of a strategy to get their staff back to work.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature);
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual);
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Employees should always follow their employer’s sickness policy and it is the employee’s responsibility to inform their employer if they become unwell and the outcome of their test. If someone is not experiencing these symptoms but they are not well enough to attend work, they should follow the employer’s sickness policy as they would in normal practice. If an individual requires urgent medical advice, they should contact their GP or call 111. If they are experiencing life threatening symptoms, they should call 999.

All individuals tested at Rodney Parade will receive a text message with their result with a link to follow for advice and guidance.

The testing site is located at Rodney Parade in Newport and all appointments must be pre-arranged using the booking process outlined above. The centre is open from 08:00 until 18:00, seven days a week.

Individuals should continue to follow guidance from Public Health Wales.

We will continue to keep you updated with new guidance as it becomes available.

 


Tuesday 28th April 2020

Updated Visiting Restrictions 28 April 2020

This advice is for wards, in-patient areas and excludes areas where patients are receiving intensive care and treatment.

As a Health Board, we fully appreciate this is an incredibly difficult time for many families who have loved ones in hospital, with the ‘No Visiting’ policy introduced in line with the Government’s partial lockdown. It has been essential for us to put measures in place to protect patients, families, staff and the public by reducing the people traffic in our hospitals and minimising risks of cross-contamination.

These restrictions are under constant review locally and nationally and, with immediate effect, the following exceptions now apply.  Visiting should be permitted for:

  • women in labour (a birthing partner, from their household)
  • a nominated parent or guardian for a child in hospital and for neonates
  • someone with a mental health issue, a learning disability or autism, where not being present would cause the patient/service user distress. This will be assessed by the Ward Sister and visiting options secured in advance.
  • patients receiving end of life care. Permission to visit will be secured in advance (where possible), this will be one visitor at a time for a specified amount of time as agreed by the Ward Sister.

We recognise that for the above categorised patients, visiting by family is vitally important, and we have tried to carefully balance this with the risk and spread of infection.

In general Wards, our staff will speak with you about arrangements for visiting at this difficult time and aim to fully support you in maintaining contact with your loved one.

Please note, it is not always possible to predict when someone is in the last days/ hours of their life, but we will do our very best to contact you if we feel this is the case for your loved one.

A discussion with the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse will be held to agree a visiting schedule. A named and well visitor (well = not experiencing any symptoms of Covid–19) will be fully supported in the use of Personal Protective Equipment, where required. The named visitor, who is free of signs or symptoms of Covid-19, will have a discussion with the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse and this will include: Covid-19 screening questions and highlighting the advice from Public Health Wales for high risk groups relating to Social Isolation. If the potential visitor indicates that they are both free from Covid-19 signs and symptoms and, are aware and accept the potential risk associated with visiting, then they should be permitted to visit. This conversation should be documented in the patient records.


Monday 27th April 2020

'Information and Concerns' Helpline for patients and their families

We have established a new ‘Information and Concerns’ helpline. This dedicated helpline has been set up during this particularly stressful time, to provide further advice and support to patients and their families who may have queries or concerns that cannot be answered by our usual service, such as our booking office.  

The helpline will operate 5 days a week, Monday to Friday (with the exception of Bank Holidays) from 8am–5pm. Should you wish to contact the helpline, please call 01495 765196.  


Sunday 26th April 2020 

Appeal for Unused CDs For Patients on Hospital Wards

Have you used this extra time at home to clear out some cupboards, and found some old CDs that you no longer have a use for? If so, we would be very grateful to receive these and put them to good use for a very worthy cause.

So that our patients can enjoy some mood-boosting musical therapy, we are providing CD players on our Wards, but are in need of some albums to play in them.

If you have any spare CDs that you think our patients might enjoy listening to, we would be so grateful if you could let us know via our Person Centred Care Team inbox: ffrindimi.abb@wales.nhs.uk

There are a few examples of genres and artists listed below, but Compilation albums such as “Now that’s what I call music” would also be gratefully received.

Thank you all for your continued support and for staying at home!

 

Tuesday 14th April 2020

 
New Messaging Service Introduced To Keep Hospital Patients In Contact With Loved Ones
 
We have introduced a new messaging service to keep Hospital patients in contact with family and friends during the Coronavirus outbreak.
 
Following the difficult decision made to close all our Hospital Sites to visitors, we have implemented a new ‘Messages from Home’ service.
 
This service is available for relatives and friends to help keep in contact with their loved ones in hospital who may not have access to communication devices.
 
The introduction of this new patient messaging service will enable families and friends to communicate well wishes to their loved ones in hospital via a dedicated Email address.
 
Anyone wishing to send a message to a friend or loved one should email their message, along with the patient’s full name, Ward Number and Hospital Site to: MessagesfromHome.ABB@wales.nhs.uk.


Friday 3rd April 2020

Dr Sarah Aitken, Director of Public Health, gives a further update on the effects of the 'Stay At Home' measures in Gwent:

 


Thursday 2nd April 2020

Official Health Board Amazon 'Wish List' Now Closed

Please note that due to the astounding generosity of the people of Gwent, our Amazon Wish List for essential patient supplies has now closed.

We are truly humbled by the overwhelming response from the public, and our staff and patients could not be more grateful for the generous donations received so far.

Anyone still wishing to donate can do so via our Official 'Just Giving' page.

Thank you all for your continued support during these very challenging times.


Tuesday 31st March 2020

Temporary Changes To GP Surgeries

All GP surgeries in the Health Board area are ready and prepared to treat patients with suspected and confirmed Coronavirus (Covid-19) and they are following the national community framework to do so.

The care GP surgeries offer during the Coronavirus pandemic will take place in either an isolated area of the surgery, in a temporary clinical assessment centre, or at home.

To prevent the spread of the virus, in some areas, surgeries have collaborated with other Practices to introduce temporary drive-up facilities which will reduce the number of people entering buildings. Marquees outside surgery buildings provide a private area, which will allow patients to stay in their vehicle whilst initial patient observations are undertaken. The surgery teams will then determine whether patients require advice, treatment, a face-to-face appointment, or a referral.

These facilities will not carry out testing for COVID-19. Anyone who has any symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend one of these assessment centres, and should continue to follow the self-isolation guidance from Public Health Wales.
 


Monday 30th March 2020

 

Donations Needed For Patients In Our Hospitals

As we’ve had to stop all visiting to our Hospitals to limit the spread of Coronavirus, many of our patients are now running out of toiletries and clean night clothes.

We are very grateful to our communities for all the kind offers of donations, both for essential supplies and monetary donations, for the benefit of our patients and staff during these challenging times.

If you would like to donate, we would be very grateful for the following items (NEW items only please):

*Please note, we are unable to accept any food donations or any other items (including electrical) not included on this list. Please do not take any donations to our Hospitals.

The easiest and best way for you to donate is to use our Amazon ‘Wish List’, as you don’t need to leave your house and items will be delivered directly to us. Please use this link to access the Wish List.

If you are not able to order from Amazon but still wish to donate, please could you contact the Person Centred Care Team on 01495 768677 or email: ffrindimi.abb@wales.nhs.uk, who can advise where any donations can be dropped off. 

Alternatively, if you would like to make a monetary donation to help your local NHS Services then please go to our Just Giving page.

On behalf of our patients and staff, we would like to sincerely thank you!

#StaySafe  #StayHome #ProtectTheNHS


Saturday 28th March 2020

 

The importance of staying at home and slowing the spread of Coronavirus (Covid 19)

This short animation explains exactly why staying at home wherever possible and staying away from others is so important. By slowing the spread of the virus as much as possible, you are allowing Healthcare Services more time to create extra beds to provide essential, life-saving care to those that really need it.

The only way to achieve this is for us all to take responsibility and make sure we are adhering to Social Distancing Guidelines.

By staying at home and slowing the spread of this virus in Gwent, we can #ProtectTheNHS and #SaveLives.


Friday 27th March 2020

Cancellation of all Routine Dental Appointments

Our priority is to keep you and our Dental Teams safe, so please do not go to your Dental Practice. If you have an Urgent or Emergency Dental problem, please call first.

If you do not have a Dentist, then please call the Dental Helpline on 01633 744387.

Please do not attend your local Dental Practice unless you have a pre-booked urgent appointment.


Thursday 26th March 2020

 
Important Information regarding the Trauma and Orthopaedic Service during the COVID-19 pandemic
 
Due to COVID-19, the way we deliver care within the Trauma and Orthopaedic Service is changing.
All elective (non-emergency) appointments and operations have been cancelled, however Emergency Services will continue, albeit with some changes.
 
All Fracture (Emergency) Clinic Appointments in Nevill Hall Hospital and the Royal Gwent Hospital have been cancelled and relocated to Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr, where all Fracture Clinics for the foreseeable future will be facilitated. If you had an existing Fracture Clinic Appointment at either of these sites, you will receive information regarding a new date and time at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr.
 
Trauma (Emergency) Surgery will continue to be facilitated at Nevill Hall Hospital and the Royal Gwent Hospital, with some procedures also being conducted at St Woolos Hospital.
 
The Trauma and Orthopaedic Consultants are reviewing patients on a case-by-case basis. The booking/scheduling team will make contact with you if a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon considers it clinically necessary for you to be seen.
 
For any urgent queries, where possible, please contact us on the email addresses below, as telephone lines continue to be extremely busy.
 
We aim to respond to all emails within 48 hours, however given the current situation, responses to queries may be delayed.
 
Outpatients - OrthopaedicOutpatients.ABB@wales.nhs.uk
Inpatients - OrthopaedicTreatments.ABB@wales.nhs.uk

Wednesday 25th March 2020

 

Following the Government’s announcement regarding partial lockdown, it is with regret that we will now have to suspend all hospital visiting on all our sites to protect our patients and reduce the spread of infection.

The only exception is a birth partner for maternity, a nominated parent on restricted visiting for child patients/neonates and discretion for patients at End of Life.

We are increasing Administrative Support on the Wards in an attempt to manage anticipated additional telephone calls, but strongly encourage relatives to phone their loved ones directly and use Social Media where possible.

Patients can access free Wi-Fi to support “Virtual Visiting”.

We recognise this decision may cause concern, but it has been made in the interest of patient safety. We value and need your support during this difficult time.

Thank you.


Tuesday 24th March 2020

 

Childcare Provision For Key Workers During Covid-19 


Saturday 21st March 2020

Temporary Opening of The Grange University Hospital In Response to Coronavirus

The challenges facing our Health Board and the NHS in Wales due to Coronavirus COVID-19 is unprecedented. With the support of Welsh Government and Laing O’Rourke, we are pleased to announce that plans are being put in place to enable the partial and temporary opening of The Grange University Hospital, as part of our planned response. We are hoping that this will provide us with up to an additional 350 beds by the end of April 2020. Work is now underway to commission areas of the hospital to meet the end of April deadline.

Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, said: “We are doing everything possible in Wales to increase the capacity of our NHS in these exceptional circumstances. As such, I have approved immediate funding of up to £10m to speed up construction of sections of the Grange, which will provide up to 350 additional beds for use by the end of April 2020”.

Health Board Deputy Chief Executive, Glyn Jones said “We welcome the support from Welsh Government and Laing O’Rourke in enabling us to make earlier use of the new hospital, which will be an important part of our local plans in responding to the Coronavirus outbreak”.


Volunteering Opportunities

We are absolutely humbled by the number of people across our community who are offering to volunteer in these difficult times. If you would like to volunteer or want to speak to us about volunteering, please complete this application form. If you have already contacted us expressing your interest in volunteering, please could we ask that you complete the Application Form as well.

Thank you very much for your support.


Friday 20th March 2020

No Visiting at Royal Gwent Hospital

In order to protect the public, patients and our staff, the decision has been taken to stop all visiting on all wards at the Royal Gwent Hospital.​​

The only exceptions are for children who are on our in-patients wards (who will be permitted one parent) and ladies who will be permitted one birthing partner. ​

Please be assured this is necessary and will be subject to review.​​

Thank you for your co-operation and support during this unusual and ​challenging period.​​

We are actively promoting ‘virtual visiting’ using technology to keep in touch, using our free cloud Wi-Fi.​​

To keep up to date with the latest information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) please follow Aneurin Bevan University Health Board on social media.​
 


Change to Opening Times of Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr Minor Injuries Unit

Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, it has been necessary for us to revise the opening hours of the Minor Injuries Unit at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr

With immediate effect, our opening times will be 7am until 7pm, 7 days per week.

Should you or a loved one require overnight treatment for a Minor Injury that cannot wait until the following morning, our Minor Injury Units at the Royal Gwent Hospital and Nevill Hall Hospital will remain open for 24 hours a day.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused, and thank you for your understanding.
 


Wednesday 18th March 2020

5:00pm

Due to the current situation, we have made the decision to cancel all our Engagement events. The following events will therefore not be taking place until further notice:

  • Wednesday 25th March – Community Listening Day ASDA Caerphilly (9am – 4pm)
  • Thursday 26th March – Talk Caerphilly – Rhymney Library (9:30am – 11:30am)
  • Monday 30th March – Community Listening Day – Morrison’s Abergavenny (9am – 4pm)
  • Friday 3rd April – Talk Monmouthshire – St Michaels Centre, Abergavenny (9:30am – 11:30am)
  • Monday 6th April – Community Listening Day – ASDA Pill (9am – 4pm)
  • Friday 17th April – Community Listening Day – Morrison’s Cwmbran (10am – 4pm)

Thank you for your understanding at this time.


4:00pm

Due to Government advice concerning Social Distancing and other restrictions placed around Covid-19, it has regrettably been necessary to prohibit ALL visitors and other members of the public from using the restaurant facilities at all our Hospital Sites.

This will come into force from Thursday 19th March 2020.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


1:00pm 

Please see the latest advice about COVID-19 from the British Dietetic Association


Monday 16th March 2020

Many people are raising concerns about Covid-19 if they suffer from Asthma.

Watch these short videos to learn how to use your inhaler properly and better manage your respiratory symptoms- improve your inhaler technique in just three minutes!


Sunday 15th March 2020

Due to the operational changes we are making in preparation for caring for patients with COVID-19, from Monday 16th March, we will be closing the Belle Vue entrance at the Royal Gwent Hospital. For patients wanting to access our Maternity Services and B Block, please enter via the Floor 2 Corridor or via the Floor 2 Entrance (Maxillo Facial) at the front of the Hospital.

We are also relocating the Discharge Lounge from ward B3 to ward C4East.

Thank you for your understanding and support.


Saturday 14th March 2020

3:20pm

We are aware that our restaurants at the Royal Gwent and Nevill Hall Hospitals are very popular, particularly on a Sunday.

We are sure that people have started to make alternative arrangements for tomorrow. Although the restaurants will remain open, we would discourage people from coming unless they are visiting patients.

Many thanks for your support, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.


2:00pm

In response to the emerging situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and the Minister for Health and Social Services' announcement yesterday, the Health Board is urgently working through our plans for Outpatient Appointments and non-urgent Elective Operations. Please be assured that if your appointment or operation is affected, you will be contacted directly by us. We would politely ask that you do not try to make contact with the Health Board to enquire whether or not your appointment, procedure or operation will be going ahead. If there is any change for you, the Health Board will contact you directly.

We are grateful for your ongoing understanding and support at this time.


Friday 13th March 2020

As we continue to respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as a Health Board we are urgently reviewing the way we deliver some of our services and you will see some changes over coming days and weeks. We need to ensure that we have the capacity and appropriate facilities to care for people in our communities, who will require care in our hospitals and in community settings.

We will be grateful for your understanding and support as we move through what will be a very difficult time for us all over the coming months. We will keep you up to date as changes take place.