The University Hospital Llandough where two main wards have been hit by norovirus and flu and one ward has had to be closed. The Health Board tells visitors to stay away unless absolutely necessary.

The University Hospital Llandough where two main wards have been hit by norovirus and flu and one ward has had to be closed. The Health Board tells visitors to stay away unless absolutely necessary.

Penarth’s University Hospital at Llandough and the University Hospital of Wales at the Heath in Cardiff are both being seriously disrupted by outbreaks of Influenza and Norovirus- according to the  Cardiff and Vale Health Board.

One of the 2 main wards at Llandough Hospital has had to be closed. Meanwhile  9 wards at the Heath Hospital have been affected . Members of the public are being asked by the Health Board NOT to visit either of the  hospitals over the coming weeks unless absolutely necessary.

The main entrance of Penarth's Llandough Hospital

The main entrance of Penarth’s Llandough Hospital

Penarth’s Conservative Assembly Member Andrew RT Davies – who is leader of the Conservatives in the Assembly had been approached by worried constituents about the situation and had contacted the Health Board for clarification. The board has now released a 450-word statement.

However the Welsh Labour Government has refused to answer an urgent question on the outbreaks tabled by Andrew R T Davies  and has refused to make any public comment

A Cardiff and Vale paramedic unit reponding to an emergency call

A Cardiff and Vale paramedic unit responding to an emergency call

Meanwhile Cardiff and Vale Health Board says it is  managing “a significant number of cases of diarrhoea & vomiting and influenza” with affected wards closed to visitors. Apart from asking visitors to stay away from both hospitals it is also clamping down the admission of visitors and restricting visiting to a just close-family with a maximum of 2 visitors per patient.

Penarth's Conservative AM Andrew R T Davies pressed for public information from the Health Board

Penarth’s Conservative AM Andrew R T Davies pressed for public information from the Health Board

Andrew RT Davies, who represents South Wales Central  which includes Penarth says “This is of course a troubling and concerning time for the patients, staff and health board and controlling the spread of norovirus can be extremely difficult so maintaining patient safety is of paramount importance. Visiting loved ones in hospital is something which can provide great comfort to both patients and their family –  but these measures [ the Health Board restrictions on visitors]  are implemented with the best intentions.”

“Sadly, in the last decade,” Davies says “more than one in five beds have been axed across Wales and from 2014 to 2015, the Cardiff and Vale Health Board area has lost nearly five per cent of its bed capacity. This latest outbreak again raises questions about the wisdom of these cuts with the Labour Government’s devastating NHS budget cuts having a detrimental impact on the quality of care offered to patients.”

Dr Eleri Davies is in charge of infection control

Dr Eleri Davies is in charge of infection control

Dr Eleri Davies  Director for Infection Prevention & Control at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board says that although norovirus is an unpleasant 48 hour illness for most, it can be more serious for those already in hospital.

She says ““We are now seeing diarrhoea and vomiting infections in the community, with some infections also confirmed in the hospitals this inevitably leads to some instances of ward closures. It is very difficult to stop the spread of norovirus once it is in hospital so we are asking the public to help support us by restricting visiting to what is absolutely necessary.”

Her advice to members of the public is “If you are visiting friends or family in hospital then please heed the advice at the entrances to wards and practice good hand hygiene”.She says  soap and water is the most effective way to wash hands and defend against norovirus.

The influenza and nervous outbreaks are creating knock-on effects leading to “disruption in normal patient admission and treatment flows”. Dr Davies urges anyone who has had  diarrhoea or vomiting themselves, to wait until they are symptom-free for at least 2 days before visiting friends and family in hospital or returning to work or school.

The NHS Direct website has more information at http://www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk/doityourself/symptomchecker/vomiting/ or the” NHS Choices” website at http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Norovirus/Pages/Introduction.aspx


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  1. Chris Franks says:

    What a farce from Andrew RT Davies on the day hospital doctors are on strike in England thanks to the behaviour of the UK Government.

  2. Lindsay says:

    For the sake of balance, it would be interesting to know what the other eleven assembly members representing South Wales Central, which includes Penarth, have to say.

  3. Christopher David says:

    The so called “minister” is refusing to answer questions. That enough to damn the whole bunch. Labour dictators in our one party state mess up again and then tell us to get stuffed. Please- any party(s) but these next time around. Balance my aunt.

  4. Martin gossage says:

    How does cutting beds cause norovirus.?? The report says norovirus is spreading through the hospital not there are so many cases in the community there are not enough beds .Or did I miss something?

  5. Christopher David says:

    Lindsay you just don’t get “it” do you.

    • Lindsay says:

      Nope, I don’t get your “it”. All I see is an opinionated, opportunistic blusterer. Tell me who, apart from yourself, gets “it”. I resolved to leave you to your tiresome meanderings once before but,sadly, couldn’t resist the temptation. I must strengthen my resolve! Go on, hit me with the usual tirade of insults and name calling.

  6. Christopher David says:

    Its a bit like when people ask why someone would spend thousands on a nice mechanical watch when you can get a £15 job that tells the time just as well- if you have to ask then there is no answer. I’ll restrict the name calling- which in fact is in the main banter to grown ups, because as long as you hide behind a non de plume I wont take you seriously. Oh and pots n kettles 🙂

    • Mark Foster says:

      Hey Monsieur Cabane de Plage, comment connaissez-vous le mot pour nom de plume? Pourquoi ne pas construire quelques cabines a Cosmeston en été comme Paris-Plages et perdre tout votre argent? Vous êtes si intelligent. NOT.

  7. Lindsay says:

    Good bit of bluster!

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