A small number of wards at hospitals in Herefordshire have been closed to admissions due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, Wye Valley NHS Trust has informed Your Herefordshire this afternoon.

A statement from Wye Valley NHS Trust says:

Visiting at Wye Valley NHS Trustā€™s hospitals/wards in Herefordshire, including Hereford County Hospital, Ross, Leominster and Bromyard Community Hospitals remains suspended.

There are some areas with exceptions in place, including on compassionate grounds, which must be agreed with the nurse in charge, and these are listed on the Trustā€™s website page ā€“Ā www.wyevalley.nhs.trustĀ ā€“ COVID-19 visiting arrangements (home page). Ā https://www.wyevalley.nhs.uk/about-us/our-performance/infection-prevention/coronavirus-public-health-england-advice/visiting-during-covid-19.aspx

The Trust is seeing an increase in hospital inpatient COVID-19 confirmed cases, which reflects the increase of cases in the community, and a small number of its wards are currently closed to admissions due to inpatient cases of COVID-19.

These patients are being cared for in isolation and Covid-19 testing for all inpatients on these ward has been carried out. The Trust has also undertaken ward staff testing.

Patient safety is paramount and the Trust has stringent infection prevention and control measures in place to help minimise the transmission of this virus within its hospitals. Ā The Trust has tried and tested plans in place and our hospital is set up to care for coronavirus patients.

All inpatients are tested for Covid-19 on admission to hospital and cared for in isolation if their test is positive. Ā This testing is also undertaken during the hospital stay and when patients need to be transferred to care homes or a community hospital.

Enhanced cleaning and decontamination regimes are in place across the Trust and staff are required to wear personal protective equipment when caring for patients and follow hand hygiene practices, in line with The UK Health Security Agency guidance, to provide the safest possible care to patients.

We would like to thank local residents for following the Governmentsā€™ advice and guidance. It is important that we continue to do this, in particular staying at home if you have COVID-19 symptoms and/or test positive for COVID-19 in line with the current Government testing guidelines.

We would also like to remind people that the best way to prevent becoming seriously ill with Covid-19 is to ensure you take up the offer for a first, second or booster vaccination if you are eligible.