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Hospital Visiting Statement- 9th January 2022

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board appreciates how important it is for patients and their loved ones to see each other whilst they are receiving care in hospital. We need to carefully balance this with the risk to patients, family members and staff that visiting brings whilst Covid is so rife in the community.

Due to the increasing challenges faced as a result of the new Omicron variant and in order to protect the safety of patients and staff, the Health Board will now be operating essential-only visiting from Monday 10th January 2022.

These changes do not include paediatrics and neonates, where a maximum of two visitors per day is recommended.

Essential visits will be supported wherever possible and include the following examples:  

  • A birth partner supporting a woman during hospital visits and during labour;
  • A person receiving end-of-life care and in their final hours;
  • To support someone with a mental health issue, dementia, autism or a learning disability where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed;
  • To accompany a child who is required to attend hospital;
  • In situations when someone is receiving information about life-changing illness or treatments.

All visitors must not have any symptoms of Covid-19 and must provide evidence of a negative lateral flow test result. Additionally, they must wear a face mask (unless exempt) and adhere to physical distancing and hand hygiene requirements.

Any visiting arrangements must be arranged with the ward in advance and any visitors attending the hospital without pre-arrangement will not be permitted entry.

You can get lateral flow tests by:

We would like to thank the public for their patience, tolerance and support during this incredibly difficult and challenging time.