THE NHS in Herefordshire is still dealing with a number of Covid outbreaks at its hospitals.

The Wye Valley NHS Trust said it had relaxed visiting restrictions for most wards, but hospitals in Ross-on-Wye and Leominster were still closed due to Covid cases.

Visiting could be allowed in exceptional circumstances, but they must first speak to the nurse in charge.


In Hereford at the County Hospital, Ashgrove Ward is also closed to visitors due to cases of Covid-19.

The Wye Valley NHS Trust website said that visiting could still be allowed in exceptional circumstances.

Ashgrove is one of the newly-built wards with state-of-the-art facilities at the rear of the main building.

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Wye Valley NHS Trust was caring for 22 coronavirus patients in hospital as of Wednesday, latest figures show.

NHS England data shows the number of people being treated in hospital for Covid-19 by 8am on October 26 was down from 55 on the same day the previous week.

There were 32 beds occupied by Covid-19 patients four weeks ago in Wye Valley NHS Trust. The figures cover all Wye valley hospitals, including Leominster, Ross-on-Wye and Hereford.


Across England, there were 9,131 people in hospital with Covid as of October 26, with 222 of them in mechanical ventilation beds.

The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalised nationally has increased by 30% in the last four weeks, while the number on mechanical ventilators has increased by 39%.

The figures also show that 21 new Covid patients were admitted to hospital in Wye Valley NHS Trust in the week to October 24. This was down from 42 in the previous seven days.