The following two links are from Public Health Wales and have been given additional formatting to ensure the information is more accessible to people who need audio-described information or information in additional languages.
URGENT: COVID-19 VISITING Update
All general hospital visiting has now stopped, effective immediately.
The ONLY exceptions are:
PAEDIATRICS: One parent or carer at a time
MATERNITY: One birthing partner
PALLIATIVE (end of life) care. One family member at a time, if it is safe to do so. Please discuss arrangements with the ward manager.
This is in response to the latest Government announcement about restriction of movements.
Please note: you must NOT visit if you are feeling unwell, especially if you have a high temperature or new persistent cough.
We do have free WiFi on all our sites, so if you can, please 'virtual visit' your relative or friend on their smartphone or tablet on What'sApp, FaceTime, Messenger etc
To help us manage the surge of potential telephone calls our wards may now receive from relatives checking on patients, we are asking patients to nominate a single member of their family (or carer) to be the designated person to contact us.
If your loved one is not well enough or able to designate someone, we will discuss this with a family member.
Having a designated person will avoid several members of the same family ringing the ward.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Checking on patients
Families often get updates on patients’ progress when they visit, or they call the ward to find out.
With face-to-face information now suspended and COVID-19 pressures growing, there is a real risk that families and carers will find it increasingly difficult to find out how their loved ones are doing.
So we now have dedicated email addresses in place to assist with this. We ask that only one member of a family or one carer is the delegated person to be the contact point, and that they then make arrangements to tell the rest of the family.
Please ensure when you email us that you provide the patient’s name, address, date of birth and Ward details (if known) to help us identify them.
If you do not have access to email, you can ring 01792 583700 to leave a message and this will be relayed to the ward once a day.
What you need to do:
Stay at home
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
- Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
If you think you or someone in your household has coronavirus, please go to this Public Health Wales web page and follow the advice.
Update for children's services at Morriston, 27th March 2020
We are rearranging some of our children’s services in Morriston Hospital in response to COVID-19.
From Monday, 30th March, the hospital’s Paediatric Emergency Department will be co-located with the Paediatric Assessment Unit to form a dedicated Children’s Emergency Unit (CEU). This is to protect children and their families during the outbreak.
The entrance to CEU is located by driving past the main emergency department entrance and taking the next right turn. Signage will be visible.
The unit will accept patients aged 0-16.
We are currently only allowing one parent or carer, and the entrance is drop off only. Parking is usual hospital parking areas.
The pathway for GP referrals remains the same.
COVID-19 updates for maternity services
As the situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop rapidly, we need to take all necessary precautions to protect the women and babies in our care and the staff caring for them.
Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) are a fever (37.8 degrees centigrade or higher) and or a new persistent cough.
These are the current arrangements for our maternity services in the Swansea and Neath Port Talbot areas.
Update - Arrangements from Saturday, April 2, 2020
Visiting Information Summary
We are requesting the following:
- You are asked to attend all antenatal appointments including scans alone, no one should accompany you until further notice.
- No visitors (this includes partners) are able to attend the antenatal or postnatal wards.
- A birthing partner is welcome to attend to support you during active labour (once you are receiving one to one care) and birth. If you are transferred to our postnatal ward you birth partner will be asked to leave.
- No children including siblings - to visit or attend any appointments.
- If you have a fever, (37.8 degrees centigrade or higher) and/or a new persistent cough, or have reason to self-isolate please contact us before attending.
- If a birth partner has any of the above they should not accompany you.
- It is imperative that you maintain social distancing advice at this time.
Further information can be found below
Swansea Bay Maternity Helpline- 01639 862216
On Monday the 6th of April we are launching our Maternity Helpline where you can speak to a midwife. You can contact the helpline Monday to Friday 0900-1700 hours if;
- You have any concerns or queries about yourself, your baby or your maternity care.
- You are symptomatic of COVID-19 or are in self-isolation and need advice about your ongoing care
If you have just found out you are pregnant;
- Please contact the maternity helpline who will arrange your booking appointment with your local midwife, and provide early pregnancy advice. You no longer need to attend your GP surgery as this appointment will be conducted by telephone.
For any concerns or queries outside of these times, or if you think you may be in labour, please contact your community midwifery team or local maternity unit as usual.
- Your routine antenatal care will continue to be provided at both the hospital antenatal clinics and the local community clinics in your area. It is very important that you continue to attend your routine appointments. Your new schedule of care for antenatal and post-natal care is based on the Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology joint guidance which can be access via the link below. Your midwife can discuss this with you at your next appointment.
Go to this page for guidance for antenatal and postnatal services in the evolving pandemic.
- You are asked to attend alone for all community and hospital appointments including scans.
- Our maternity services will be contacting you prior to any appointment to check you are well and have none of the symptoms of COVID-19. If you are unwell or are from a household where family members have symptoms will arrange your care as required.
- No visitors (including partners) will be able to visit our antenatal and/or postnatal ward until further notice. This also includes Neath Port Talbot Birth Centre.
- One birthing partner is able to accompany you throughout the duration of your labour and birth, this must be the same person. Where you and your baby are well you can be discharged home together within 2-3 hours of birth. If you or your baby need to remain in hospital for any time after birth your birthing partner will be asked to leave when you are transferred onto our postnatal ward. It is really important that you consider an alternative birth partner in case your main support is in self-isolation for any reason.
- If you are giving birth at home, we also ask that only one birth partner is with you during your labour and birth, this is primarily to protect our midwives from necessary exposure to people during this time.
- If you have been an inpatient after your birth, a suitable time for discharge will be agreed, a member of staff will help you to the main maternity entrance where your support can meet you to take you home.
- Our community midwives will provide help and support via face to face visits and virtual contact where appropriate. Where midwives are visiting your home we ask that only you and your baby are present for the visit to reduce possible social contact with anyone else in the home
Thank you for your ongoing support at this very challenging, time please find further advice from hyperlinks below.
Go to this page for more information for pregnant women and their families from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Go to the Swansea Bay Maternity Services Facebook page.
Go to our special page for further advice on how to stop infection spreading.
Go to this Public Health Wales page for advice on self isolation.
Go to this UK Government page for the latest numbers of cases and risk in the UK.