MS Carwyn receives useful update from Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB

This week, during his weekly call with Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB, Member of the Senedd for Bridgend Carwyn Jones received an update on a variety of issues including on new ways of working, on testing, on the contact tracing pilot, PPE and about their plans for a potential second spike.

Mr Jones heard that the Health Board is now turning its attention to how they provide more routine and emergency care for their non COVID 19 work. This will need to happen alongside their ability to continue to care for those with COVID 19. Over the coming weeks and months, the Health Board will have to adapt, to do things differently, working with new pathways, new environments, new protocol procedures and making more use of technology.

With regards to testing, Mr Jones heard that key workers with symptoms now have two options; they can apply for a home testing kit or book a slot for a mass drive through testing centre or mobile testing unit. Members of the public with symptoms should apply for a test online to receive a home testing kit or by phoning the free phone number 119.

As part of the Welsh Government’s Test, Trace and Protect policy, the Health Board is one of four health boards involved in a pilot for contact tracing. This is a multi-agency pilot involving Public Health Wales, CTM and local authorities. The pilot will look at all key aspects of contact tracing for people in the CTM area.

Finally on PPE, Mr Jones was told that the team continues to work hard to replenish stocks of PPE with all sources of supply being followed up. The CTM PPE tracking system is effective for monitoring stock levels across all of their sites. He was told that there is sufficient stock of PPE to meet demand.

The Health Board is keeping an eye on whether there will be a second spike and they are ready if it comes. It shows we are far from out of the woods yet.