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udasHYWEL DDA UHB has confirmed that investments will be made into the provision of NHS dental care in South Pembrokeshire after it was revealed that the region had ‘the lowest amount of contracted dental activity in the whole Health Board area.

Data provided by Hywel Dda showed that only three of 51 dental practices with the Health Board across an area which corresponds with Dyfed are in this area – Pembroke, Pembroke Dock, and Narberth.

NHS dental provision is measured in units of dental activity (UDAs). Of the 516,306 UDAs delivered across the health board area, just 17,224 were in south Pembrokeshire – and area with a population of 55,188 according to figures based on GP registration. This gives an average of 0.31 UDAs per resident.

In contrast, North Pembrokeshire, which has a population of 63,127, delivered 104,352 UDAs, at an average of 1.65 per head of population. In other words, there is more than FIVE TIMES the NHS dental provision in the north of the county compared to the south.

Across Carmarthenshire, the average was around 1.5 UDAs per head. Nowhere in the Hywel Dda health board area had less than 3.5 times the number of UDAs of South Pembrokeshire.

Joyce Watson, Labour AM for Mid and West Wales, raised complaints made to her by constituents concerning dental provision with Hywel Dda UHB.

In a letter to Ms Watson, Hywel Dda confirmed that the south of the county ‘has the lowest amount of contracted dental activity in the whole Health Board area’.

However, the response went on to say: “I am pleased to advise, the Health Board has commenced a Commissioning / Tender process, to seek GDS providers in South Pembrokeshire. This will result in an additional £340,000 investment in into GDS in South Pembrokeshire.

“It is our expectation the new services will commence in December 2015 or Jan 2016 either from new NHS Practices, or by way of additional activity in current NHS Practices.”

Ms Watson welcomed the news: “The health board has recognised that there aren’t enough NHS dental services in the area; but from the end of this year or the beginning of next year there will be more money for more services, which is very good news for patients,” she said.

“I look forward to learning where and when the new services will be available.”

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Haverfordwest: Man detained under Mental Health Act on bypass bridge

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POLICE assisted a man who was sat on the road bridge above Freeman’s way in Haverfordwest on Sunday night (May 19).

He was taken to hospital, as he was believed to be suffering from mental health problems.

A spokesman for Dyfed-Powys Police told The Herald: “We received a report concerning the welfare of a man, who was sitting on the bridge above Freeman’s Way, Haverfordwest, at around 10.40pm on Sunday.

“The man was detained under the mental health act a short time later and taken to hospital.“He was not injured. Freeman’s Way was closed for around 10 minutes.”

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Milford Haven: Police called to Charles Street incident

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MILFORD HAVEN police responded to an emergency call from Charles Street in Milford Haven this afternoon (May 20).

Several officers attended following reports of a man injured on the pavement.

Our reporter at the scene said that a male was conscious but nursing injuries to his head

There are over 15 officers at the scene.

A male has been arrested and taken into custody in a police van.

 

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Willy make the council fix the road?

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DRIVERS in and around the Maenclochog area are still recovering today after a hardened vandal spray-painted yellow penises along a stretch of road near Morvil.
The road, just off the B4313, was targeted with graffiti because of the number of potholes scattered along it’s length.
Locals have dubbed the cock-sure artist as ‘Wanksy’ and have discovered that whoever drew the penises also wrote ‘Follow the yellow d### road’.
Some of the penises have been drawn around more sizeable potholes, but simply pointing disapprovingly at the smaller ones.
If you want to report a pothole, the chosen method is still via the Pembrokeshire County Council website.
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