Responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Powys Teaching Health Board - Message from Carol Shillabeer

Here in Powys I am tremendously proud of the way that health and care staff, volunteers, essential workers and our communities have responded to the challenges of Coronavirus (COVID-19).These are challenging and unprecedented times, never before experienced by the NHS.

I know, too, that these will be anxious times as we will all be concerned about how Coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected and will continue to affect us, our family, our friends, our neighbours.

The most important message for everyone is to Stay Home and Save Lives.

We must all play our part in reducing the spread of infection.

•                      Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)

•                      Stay 2 metre (6ft) away from other people

•                      Wash your hands as soon as you get home

These actions will reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). They will reduce the number of people who become seriously ill. They will save lives. They will help health and social care services to continue to reach those who are most in need.

These steps are particularly important for people who are more vulnerable to infection. Letters are being sent to people at the highest risk of serious illness to advise them to stay at home for 12 weeks to protect themselves. Our health and care services are working hard to reach out to provide support to people are vulnerable and isolated, and to link them with community support through local Community Connectors.

I know that people will be keen to understand how we in Powys Teaching Health Board are responding. In the attached bulletin I set out our clinical response model for saving lives. I have also provided an updated on national policy areas such as testing and PPE and my aim is to provide regular updates to you as this issue continues.

In order to reach you quickly this bulletin has been issued in English only, but a Cymraeg version will be available shortly from my office at powys.executive(at)

Thank you for everything that you are doing in the fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Your sincerely, Carol Shillabeer, Chief Executive, Powys Teaching Health Board


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