Responding to the statement today by the Minister for Health and Social Care, Darren Hughes, Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation, said:
“As the Welsh Government moves their preparations from the “contain” to the “delay” phase of COVID-19, we would like to reassure the public that NHS organisations in Wales are well prepared to provide high quality care and support to people in their communities.
“We are pleased that the Minister has taken the action today following feedback from NHS Chief Executives and Medical Directors to ensure that preparations to COVID-19 are planned, co-ordinated and proportionate.
“We would like to thank all the dedicated and hardworking staff working on the frontline in health and social care.
“We also need the public to help. If you have a new cough or temperature and you are worried, the NHS Direct Wales Covid19 symptoms checker is your first port of call, and please stay at home to avoid infecting other people and protect your community. Only call 111 if your symptoms worsen considerably and please do not visit your GP, Community Pharmacy or A&E department.
“We would ask members of the public to help by being patient and understanding as staff are working tirelessly. It is important to remember that we all have a responsibility to take precautions to minimise the chances of catching or spreading COVID-19.”
Notes to editors
The Welsh NHS Confederation is the national membership body representing the 11 organisations that make up the NHS in Wales: the seven Local Health Boards, the three NHS Trusts and Health Education and Improvement Wales.