We are reassuring our communities that our care and services continue as usual, following the announcement by the Chief Medical Officer for Wales of a case of COVID-19 coronavirus in the Neath Port Talbot local authority area.
People can continue to attend for their appointments, procedures and to access urgent care, as they normally would.
The general public can help protect themselves and their communities by following Public Health Wales advice particularly washing hands and using a tissue for symptoms associated with cold and flu.
Anyone who has traveled to the specified areas, or think they may have symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend health facilities such as GP surgeries, our emergency department or minor injury unit, but should self-isolate and if appropriate call NHS 111.
The individual is being cared for in a clinically appropriate setting based on the assessment of a specialist infectious disease consultant.
We are also working with Public Health Wales in line with the planned response to a confirmed coronavirus case.
Keith Reid, Swansea Bay UHB’s Director of Public Health said:
“Patients should continue to attend appointments as usual, unless you are told otherwise.
“Please remember to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly, as this is the best way to protect yourself against infections, including coronavirus.”
Anyone worried they may have coronavirus, can now access a dedicated online symptom checker. Please follow the general advice and do not attend your GP surgery, the emergency department or the MIU. Ring 111 first.