The majority of visiting restrictions in place at Withybush Hospital will be lifted on Wednesday, 13 October, Hywel Dda University Health Board has confirmed.

On Monday, the Haverfordwest hospital had announced that it had closed its doors to visitors due to increased Covid-19 cases in hospital and in the community.

It confirmed on Tuesday afternoon, however, that visiting could be restarted – but that visiting for wards 10 and 12 will remain restricted at this time.

Anyone visiting any of the hospital for an appointment or to see a loved one is still asked to carry out a lateral flow device test at home prior to travelling.

"Results from proactive screening of patients for COVID-19 across Withybush Hospital has enabled us to update our visiting restrictions," said a statement from the health board.

"Visiting to wards 10 and 12 will only be permitted in extenuating circumstances, such as end of life and critical visits. The next of kin of patients on these wards have been contacted directly.

"To ensure the safety of hospital staff and patients, we continue to encourage anyone visiting any of our hospitals for an appointment or to see a loved one, to carry out a lateral flow device (LFD) test at home prior to travelling to the hospital."

It adds: "When visiting our hospitals please wear a face mask. This will be replaced by a surgical face mask at reception or ward.

"Please maintain social distancing and wash your hands as often as possible using soap and water and hand sanitiser.

"We thank everyone for your understanding at this time while we work to stop the spread of this virus."

Lateral flow self-test kits can be obtained by:

  • Ordering online for home delivery at HERE
  • Collecting locally from most community pharmacies across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.