Posted: Fri 16th Oct 2020

Updated: Fri 16th Oct

Health Board say “we are seeing an increase in the number of patients being admitted with COVID-19 into Wrexham Maelor Hospital” for people living in or visiting the wrexham area

The number of patients being admitted into the Wrexham Maelor Hospital with COVID-19 is starting to increase.

Dr Kate Clark, deputy executive medical director at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, has today urged people to continue to maintain social distancing and follow the restrictions in place to help stop the spread of the virus.

Although no details of the number of patients in the Wrexham Maelor has been provided, Dr Clark stated that there are 25 patients with COVID-19 being cared as part of the outbreak associated with hospitals in the Central region of North Wales. A similar outbreak in Wrexham at the end of July into August sadly saw more than 32 people die.

This includes Glan Clwyd Hospital and community hospitals.

The majority of these patients have received care for more than 15 days at the hospitals are said to be recovering.

Dr Clark added: “Although cases at Ysbyty Gwynedd remain low, we are seeing an increase in the number of patients being admitted with COVID-19 into Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

“It is now more important than ever that the public continue to follow government guidelines and the local restrictions in place in their areas to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“We continue to ask people to think long and hard about whether a trip to one of our hospitals is absolutely necessary. Visiting on our wards remains restricted except for some limited circumstances, as detailed on our website.

“Supporting vulnerable family or friends, or accessing healthcare services, remain the only reasons anyone other than staff should be accessing the site.

“If you need medical help or feel unwell, please consider whether support from a pharmacists or GP, or a visit to one of our MIUs, would be a quicker and more appropriate way of accessing care.”

As readers will be aware has been asking for regularly updated localised data since the start of the pandemic, including on hospital admissions, ICU admissions and recovery rates. Our most recent request was earlier this month to the Health Board asking for number of people admitted, number of people treated, number who required ITU and number of discharges.

No such data has been forthcoming. We re-asked again earlier this morning.

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