One Year On

One year on from the date that the UK was first placed into lockdown, we are reflecting on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, focusing on the incredible response of our staff, our partners and our communities over the past 12 months.

We will be posting blogs each day this week, focusing on clear themes that have come out of the collective reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check back throughout the week as we highlight the response, community, resilience, innovation and hope that we have seen during the pandemic.  


It can be difficult to find the words to adequately describe the last 12 months. It has been without question the most challenging period in the history of the NHS and, by now, every one of us will have been affected by this terrible disease in one way or another. We will know people who have and continue to suffer from it, we will know people whom we have lost to it. Each of our own lives has been radically altered in ways no one could have accurately predicted a mere year ago.

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We pride ourselves on being an innovative and forward thinking organisation, which has been at the fore of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to implementing countless new ways of working to enable us to continue delivering services to our patients, we have contributed to the global effort to identify effective treatments for the virus.

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According to the Collins dictionary, ‘People and things that are resilient are able to recover easily and quickly from unpleasant or damaging events.’

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At the start of 2020, few could not have imagined how the COVID-19 would reshape our lives. While the pandemic has been a particularly difficult time globally, as a community we have grown stronger.

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COVID-19 reached Wales on 28th February 2020, with the first case recorded in Cardiff and the Vale just a week later on 5th March 2020. As the cases began to rapidly rise and Welsh Government modelling predicting a catastrophic surge in cases, all non-urgent outpatient appointments and operations were suspended to protect NHS Wales from becoming overwhelmed. On 23rd March 2020 the first UK-wide lockdown was announced, with the nation told to Stay Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives.

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