WITHYBUSH Hospital has closed its doors to visitors due to increased cases of Covid-19 in hospital and the community.

-Withybush reopens, details here

The decision was announced this afternoon with immediate effect.

Coronavirus cases have increased by more than 2,300 in a week in the three counties of the Hywel Dda University Health Board.

Based on the most recent Monday, October 11, figures, cases increased by 2,306 in Hywel Dda from Monday, October 4, up to 34,073.

Pembrokeshire increased by 771, to 8,900; Carmarthenshire by 1,243, to 20,623; and Ceredigion by 292, to 4,550.

The period also saw an additional eight deaths in the three counties, up to 531 throughout the pandemic.

Visiting the hospital will only be permitted in extenuating circumstances, such as end of life and critical visits.

All visitors must carry out lateral flow device (LFD) test at home prior to travelling to the hospital.

Hywel Dda Health Board say the situation is being monitored at regular intervals and a further update will be made when visitor restrictions are lifted.

A spokesperson said: "We thank everyone for their 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 here.

•collecting locally from most community pharmacies across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire: check here for participating pharmacies near you.

When visiting the hospital remember to wear a face mask, this will be replaced by a surgical face mask at reception or ward.

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