VISITORS will be able to return to Withybush Hospital from tomorrow, Wednesday, October 13, Hywel Dda has announced.

It had been announced yesterday that the hospital was closing to visitors due to spiralling Covid cases.

A spokesperson said: "We are pleased to confirm that visiting to Withybush Hospital will restart tomorrow, however visiting for wards 10 and 12 will remain restricted at this time.

"Results from proactive screening of patients for Covid across Withybush Hospital has enabled us to update our visiting restrictions.

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

Visiting to ward 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, the health board continues to encourage anyone visiting any hospital in the area 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.

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 hospitals it is advised to wear a face mask. This will be replaced by a surgical face mask at reception or ward.

Maintain social distancing and wash your hands as often as possible using soap and water and hand sanitiser.