Posted: Fri 31st Jul 2020

Updated: Fri 31st Jul

“Think long and hard about whether a trip to the Maelor is necessary right now” for people living in or visiting the wrexham area

People are being told to stay away from the hospital this weekend, unless it is to support vulnerable family or friends, or accessing healthcare services.

Yesterday there were 63 confirmed cases in the hospital, down to 59 today.

No specific death data has been given today, however Public Health Wales states 4 reported deaths have sadly been reported in the Betsi Cadwaladr Area.

Gill Harris, Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said late this afternoon: “As of this morning there were 59 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. We expect this number to fluctuate as test results are received and new patients are admitted to the hospital. There remain a small number of cases at Deeside Community Hospital, Chirk Hospital, and Mold Community Hospital.

“We have had a high incidence of patients contracting COVID-19 at the hospital in recent weeks and people are understandably anxious about this. We are confident that the infection prevention measures we have put in place are helping to reduce hospital transmission. The majority of new cases identified in the past few days have been as a result of community transmission of the virus.

“Please help us to continue to reduce the risk of transmissions by only visiting the Wrexham Maelor site if it is absolutely necessary over the weekend. Supporting vulnerable family or friends, or accessing healthcare services, remain the only reasons anyone other than staff should be accessing the site. ”

“Staff are on hand ready to provide PPE to visitors who do visit the site, but we want people to think long and hard about whether a trip to the Maelor is necessary right now. Our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service has a Letters to Loved Ones service in place to help you keep in touch with friends and family in hospital without needing to visit.

“Anybody with concerns about loved ones in our hospitals to contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service on 03000 851 234 or email:

“Similarly, we urge residents across North Wales, not just in the Wrexham area, to continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales.

“Mobile testing centres remain available today and tomorrow (Saturday 1 August) at Caia Park Health Centre (Prince Charles Road) and Hightown Community Resource Centre (Fusilier Way). Residents can get a test without booking by attending either site between 9am and 6pm, with results returning within 48-72 hours.

“Signs to look out for include a new continuous cough, high temperature, and a lost or change in your normal sense of taste or smell.

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