Bridgend MS joins Health Board for crucial discussions

Bridgend MS Carwyn Jones and his team attended the virtual weekly briefing from Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB this week.

At the meeting there was a discussion on infection rates. Mr Jones heard that the infection rate is coming down locally but that we would have to wait and see a little while longer to see the full impact of the firebreak lockdown. Despite things moving in the right direction, especially in Bridgend, he was told that it was important that people did not become complacent as although figures were falling, the infection rate was still high. Key messaging was discussed such as the importance of social distancing, to keep wearing masks when necessary and wash hands often.

There was an update about Merthyr and the proposals for mass testing.

In terms of patients discharged from hospital , Mr Jones was told that patients can only be discharged from hospital after two clear Covid tests. There is a real commitment from the health board, local authorities and care homes on reducing numbers in hospitals and care homes.

News on a potential vaccine was welcomed. In line with Welsh Government priorities, care homes, their workers and vulnerable groups would be in line for a potential vaccine. It will be a huge undertaking to roll out the vaccine when needed but Mr Jones was told that planning was in place for this.

Mr Jones said “These meetings are extremely useful and informative and my team and I always try and attend. They are an opportunity to raise issues on behalf of my constituents directly with health professionals. The Health Board is appealing to people to think about how they use their Emergency Department. The ED is for emergencies only. They are encouraging everyone to consider where alternative services can provide the care suitable for their needs- such as the NHS 111 Wales service, minor injury units, pharmacies and GP services. A reminder of their helpline for anyone has concerns relating to the Covid outbreaks in CTM UHB area. The number is 01685 726464.”