Infection Control in the Maelor Hospital
August 4, 2020 at 3:53 pm #190746
How can the general public be reassured the Maelor Hospital will continue with the covid 19 testing across staff and patients as well as maintaining strict demarcation between covid, non covid and possible covid patients. The staff as well as the patients need protection .August 6, 2020 at 9:36 am #190851
In Mark Drakford statement and questions yesterday, there are a few things that don’t seem to stack up.
1. “Across Wrexham, the incidence rate, which on the 26th July was 61.8 per 100,000, has fallen to 19.9 in the last seven days, and continues to fall. They keep referring to the highest number of cases per 100,000 population-” if they use Wrexham population figures alone this seems correct but as the Maelor also includes catchment from Flintshire and parts of Denbighshire and Gwynedd is Wrexham really bad?
2. “The position has stabilised, as I said in my statement. There were 76 cases in the previous seven days, and that had fallen to 27 in the last seven days—a 64 per cent fall.” These seem to be two different figures — the first 76 was the number of confirmed cases in hospital the 27 are new cases.
3. “As far as staff are concerned, all staff at the Maelor hospital are being tested. Six hundred of those tests are already booked.” Why has this not been happening — and booked tests does not mean tests taken so likely to be at least another week before all tests are processed and results back – over THREE weeks since the outbreak first declared.
4. “Why hasn’t the Government assisted the health board and Public Health Wales in making it mandatory for people to wear face masks in settings such as hospitals and care homes, where the evidence clearly shows that that will be of assistance?” The FM response said that they are mandatory – you ask the people working in the hospital if this has been the case since the outbreak was declared — the answer is no it is only last few days this has happened.
5. The First Minister stated: “I understand and sympathise with those people who have relatives in hospital and who are afraid of contracting coronavirus when they are there.
“The facts of the matter are, actually, that that has been more a feature of south Wales, and south-east Wales in particular, than any other part of Wales, including the north. I give Jack Sergeant an absolute assurance that my officials are in daily contact with the outbreak control team at the Wrexham Maelor.” If the problem is greater in South and South east Wales why has there not been a declared outbreak in that region?
The public have a right to know the truth for the sake of hospital staff, patients and wider public without spin being out on responses.August 6, 2020 at 10:06 am #190853
I know the snobs will have a go because its from the Sun but it shows the problems we have.August 6, 2020 at 11:11 am #190856
See the number of cases in the Maelor Hospital are now down to the 20’s , how has this rapid reduction been achieved? Staff identified and sent home to isolate ? Patients quickly getting better ? An explanation from the hospital is needed. Having the situation under control we now need assurance that it can’t happen again. Unfilled staff vacancies across all levels from consultant down have been an ongoing issue and no doubt contributed to this unfortunate incident. When there is no money and the BCHB are carrying huge debts not filling vacancies is an easy way of saving money. Also who is attracted to working for a health board that has been in special measures for over five years? Now is the time for the Assembly to sort out BCHB once and for all , they need to remember elections are around the corner and the present elected members have failed us.August 6, 2020 at 11:26 am #190858
Interviews for new Chief Executive are taking place today. They are going to need to be a miracle worker. 3rd in 5 years.August 6, 2020 at 12:29 pm #190861
Hope they get someone open, honest and who puts staff and patient welfare first. Don’t take the job unless the Assembly guarantees to write off the deficit, just like health boards in England have been allowed to do! Someone new needs a real level playing field and a proper fresh start. After five years in special measures something radical has to change.
August 6, 2020 at 1:36 pm #190863
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Vaughan Gethin wrote off the deficit about 3 weeks ago for all health boards in Wales.August 6, 2020 at 8:41 pm #190898
There are strings attached , it’s not a straight write off.August 6, 2020 at 8:45 pm #190900
This is a link to the details .August 7, 2020 at 12:11 am #190902
Thanks for detailed link. The f as ct still remains what can WG do in 3 years if Betsi is not breaking even? All that can happen is th £50 million debt suspended is added to the new debt from the extra 3 years. Will WG take over the management… Oh yes forgot they already have a committee that oversees the Special Measures.. Given this it is effectively written off.
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