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05th May 2020

Wales plays key role in urgent COVID-19 research

Wales is playing a key role in the UK-wide effort to find treatments for COVID-19 patients through research, with 11 urgent public health research studies already taking place and further studies being set up. These studies – set up through Health and Care Research Wales and co-ordinated nationally – are being run right across Wales…

05th May 2020

Welsh Firm Aims to Launch Therapy that Could Treat Covid-19 Patients

Award-winning entrepreneur Peter Webber is seeking Welsh Government support to manufacture hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers that could be used to treat COVID-19 patients. Mr Webber, founder of Newtown-based, multi-award-winning cancer diagnosis equipment specialist CellPath Ltd, is applying for support from the Welsh Government’s Covid-19 Resilience Innovation Project to make the HBOT chambers. The company has…

23rd April 2020

Experts demand urgent government action to prevent coronavirus suicide risk

Governments need to give ‘urgent consideration’ to their public health response to prevent any   possible impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the number of suicides, experts warn. There’s growing concern about the far-reaching impact COVID-19 may have on people’s mental health across the globe, with the consequences likely to be present for longer and peak…

23rd April 2020

Welsh Firm Ramps up Production of Life-saving Devices to Support NHS

Flexicare Medical Limited, in Mountain Ash, is increasing production of lifesaving devices such as ventilator breathing systems, humidifiers, and resuscitators to support the NHS. The company has established a 24/7 operation at its main manufacturing facility to meet the current demand. More production staff have been added to assembly lines, several shift patterns have been…

23rd April 2020

Ventilators ready for NHS after regulatory approval

The first newly-adapted ventilator design from the government’s Ventilator Challenge has received regulatory approval and is ready to be sent to the NHS frontline to support coronavirus patients. Penlon’s Prima ES02 model is now authorised by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for use in hospitals. It follows final testing of these devices…

16th April 2020

NHS Wales Rapidly Increases Capacity to Cope with Coronavirus

Up to 7,000 extra hospital beds are being created by NHS Wales as it prepares for an increase in coronavirus cases. Critical care capacity has more than doubled across Wales and 1,000 new ventilators are on order. The plans have been bolstered by a massive response from recently retired NHS staff ready to return to…

16th April 2020

Medtech Sector Proves its Worth in Coronavirus Pandemic

For every sector of the Welsh economy, the coronavirus pandemic has presented huge challenges. But for one sector at least, it has also presented an opportunity – an opportunity to demonstrate its great importance to Wales as a whole. Wales has hundreds of businesses working in the life sciences and medical technology sectors. In the Cardiff…

16th April 2020

Call for Welsh Firms to Create PPE for Frontline NHS Staff

First Minister Mark Drakeford has issued a call to action for Welsh businesses to create a new Welsh supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to support NHS and social care staff. Many Welsh companies and universities are directly engaged in addressing specific challenges relating to the coronavirus pandemic. The First Minister is calling for those willing and…

16th April 2020

Cardiff Scientists Switch Research to Help Develop Coronavirus Vaccine

A team of Cardiff University scientists has switched from researching cancer to work that could help towards a vaccine for coronavirus. The team at the School of Medicine usually work on reprogramming viruses so they can target and kill cancer – but are now focusing their efforts to help in the fight against the new virus which is gripping the…

16th April 2020

University psychologists provide support to isolated patients

Swansea patients whose appointments have had to be cancelled because of coronavirus are getting expert support over the phone instead so they can continue their treatment. Psychologists from Swansea University are collaborating with staff from the Women’s Health Physiotherapy and Urogynaecology departments at Singleton Hospital to use tele-medicine as they deal with women receiving treatment…