UPDATE 10th May 2021: We are delighted to say we are now in a position to begin to relax visiting restrictions. We will be regularly reviewing this and as soon as we can will revise visiting further. Go to this page on our website for details on our visiting arrangements.
Revised NHS Wales hospital visiting guidance during the coronavirus outbreak came into force on Monday 30 November 2020. This supersedes previously published guidance.
The revised guidance sets out the baseline for visiting in Wales during the pandemic, but allows health boards, trusts and hospices to have more flexibility to depart from the guidance.
This flexibility is due to the changing picture of coronavirus transmission across Wales, with significant variations in community transmission across different parts of the country and differences in the rate of nosocomial transmission.
The new guidelines allows Swansea Bay University Health Board to assess local factors and work with local infection prevention and control teams and Public Health Wales when agreeing visiting arrangements.
Healthcare providers may depart from the guidance in response to:
1) Rising levels of COVID-19 transmission in their localities, including levels which result in a national lockdown and/or evidence of nosocomial transmission in a particular setting;
2) Or falling levels of transmission in their local area.
This means that while the health board will always do its best to support visiting, there may be times when infection control issues makes it unsafe to do so.
However if levels of COVID transmission are low in our area, we may be able to support more on-site visiting.
Please do not visit or come onto any of sites if you are unwell, or have any symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, a new, continuous cough or loss/change of taste or smell. Also, do not visit if you are self-isolating.
Wash your hands and wear a face covering, and maintain a safe distance from others.