A Welsh health board has announced that visitors will be banned from their hospitals in an effort to protect patients and staff during the coronavirus pandemic.
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board says that although difficult it is the 'responsible decision.'
The new visitor policy comes into effect from Tuesday 24 March.
People will only be able to visit a Cwm Taf Morgannwg hospital under the following conditions:
The patient is receiving end-of-life care (visiting to be agreed with clinical team)·
One partner or birthing partner accompanying a woman in labour and in the post-natal period for a limited time only. No other visitors will be allowed.
Paediatrics and neonatal areas (one person only as agreed with the clinical team)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB provides health services to 450,000 people living in the counties of Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf.
The following hospitals will be impacted by the new policy:
Dewi Sant Hospital
Maesteg Community Hospital
Pontypridd Cottage Hospital
Prince Charles Hospital
Princess of Wales Hospital
Royal Glamorgan Hospital
Ysbyty Cwm Cynon
Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda
Ysbyty George Thomas