FOUR wards in hospitals in our region have been closed to general visitors after being hit by suspected norovirus cases.
Morriston and Neath Port Talbot hospitals each have two wards affected due to outbreaks of diarrhoea and vomiting.
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (AMBU) said its A&E departments remain under a lot of pressure due to the number of very sick patients.
It is urging people to stay away from emergency units unless necessary.
A spokeswoman for AMBU said: “Our priority is the safety of our patients and the Health Board is doing all it can to reduce the current pressure.
“Staff are working very hard and we are grateful to the public and visitors for their support.
“We continue to ask the public if you aren’t seriously ill or injured to use the right service for your illness / injury and not the Emergency Department. By doing this you will receive appropriate care as quickly as possible and free up our emergency doctors to see those patients who need them most.”
Health officials say the spreading of the sickness bug was ‘very serious’ as it reduces the number of beds available and delays some discharges and transfers from these wards.
She said: “You can help stop the spread of sickness bugs by washing your hands regularly with warm water and liquid soap. If you have a sickness bug stay at home for 48 hours after the last time you are sick and /or have diarrhoea. We especially ask you don’t visit our hospitals as you are still infectious and risk passing it to our patients.
“Our website has details of other services available including the Minor Injury Units at Neath Port Talbot and Singleton Hospitals www.abm.wales.nhs.uk/abmchoosewell Also, a list of the wards closed and advice on what to do if you have a sickness bug www.abm.wales.nhs.uk”
Ward closures on Monday, January 13 were -
Neath Port Talbot Hospital: