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Flu sufferers being urged to ‘think carefully’ before seeking assistance

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WITH a recent rise in the number of recorded cases, health professionals are reminding people affected by flu to think carefully before seeking further medical assistance.

To ensure busy emergency services and GP practices are able to save lives and help those most in need, it is important to remember the vast majority of healthy people with symptoms of flu don’t need to see a doctor.

Flu is a viral infection for which antibiotics are not helpful – instead, the advice if you believe you may have flu symptoms is to stay home from work, school and other public places for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone to avoid infecting other people, drink plenty of fluids, take ibuprofen or paracetamol and avoid any contact particularly with vulnerable individuals while you have symptoms.

Most people will feel better within a week of becoming infected with the flu virus, although coughing may last for another one or two weeks. People are advised to have a look at the NHS Direct Wales symptom checker for cold and flu advice.

Ros Jervis, Director of Public Health for Hywel Dda explains how people can look after themselves this winter: “The first line of defence should be for people to get their flu vaccination so I would urge those of you that haven’t had your vaccine to contact your community pharmacy for advice on whether you are eligible. This is particularly important as we are now seeing cases of flu in the community, with numbers set to rise over the coming weeks.

“Free flu vaccination is available every year to people in at-risk groups – including those aged 65 and over, people with certain long-term health conditions, pregnant women, frontline healthcare workers, carers and young children. Anyone who has missed out on vaccination this year should speak to their pharmacist for advice; it is not too late for you to protect yourself and your family by having the flu vaccine.

“Health and social care workers are also strongly advised to get their flu vaccination from their local occupational health departments to protect the patients they care for.

“Viruses such as flu can be extremely serious for sick and vulnerable patients and we are asking for your support to protect patients and healthcare workers including not going to visit patients in hospitals and care homes if feeling unwell, we want to limit the spread of conditions such as flu and Norovirus.”

To help reduce the chances of flu spreading, people should:
•         Catch it: always cough or sneeze into a tissue
•         Bin it: dispose of the tissue after use
•         Kill it: then wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to kill any flu viruses

The public are also reminded to use local community pharmacy services to help reduce pressure on busy A&E departments this winter. These include a Common Ailments Service which covers a number of conditions whereby participating pharmacists can assess and provide medication at no charge, if suitable, without the need for a prescription and also, in participating community pharmacies, the Triage and Treat service to support those affected by low-level injury or illness. Visit www.hyweldda.wales.nhs.uk/winterwise for further details.

Mrs Jervis added: “We’re asking people who may be experiencing flu-like symptoms to call their GP surgery or visit https://www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk/SelfAssessments/symptomchecker/coldflu rather than attend the surgery or an A&E department, which can increase the risk of spreading infection to others.”

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Milford Haven: Cabins to appeal to glampers

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FOUR new arrivals are in place at Milford Waterfront offering visitors a unique on-water ‘glamping’ experience.

The Floatel Cabins were transported from Amsterdam to Pembrokeshire by road before being lifted into the marina by crane yesterday. The self-contained cabins measure 9m x 4m and feature an en-suite shower room, private balcony, WiFi and locally sourced works of art. Each will sleep two people, with one designed to cater for disabled guests in comfort and another that’s dog-friendly.

Over the next few weeks the cabins will be connected to the necessary utilities before fixtures and fittings are installed. Once ready, the accommodation will be managed by Quality Unearthed – a Pembrokeshire based holiday lettings agency that specialises in unusual properties.

Welcoming the arrival of the Floatel Cabins is Clare Stowell, Director of Property and Tourism at the Port of Milford Haven. She said “This is a fantastic milestone for us and I’m delighted to have a really unique attraction right here at Milford Waterfront. We plan to use high quality furnishings from local suppliers to create a quirky yet quality feel with a strong Pembrokeshire identity which I’m sure will be very popular with guests.”

“Milford Waterfront is fast becoming a busy, vibrant destination with attractions to suit people of all ages and interests” Clare added. “As such, the Port is investing millions of pounds into the development over the next 5-10 years to create new hotel, retail, leisure and residential facilities to complement the existing offering”.

The Floatel Cabins are part-funded by the Coastal Communities Fund. The Coastal Communities Fund is funded by the Government with income from the Crown Estate’s marine assets. It is delivered by the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of UK Government and the Devolved Administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

It is anticipated that the accommodation will be ready for letting by the end of the year. More information can be found at www.milfordwaterfront.co.uk/floatelcabins

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Martletwy: Cat’s leg shattered by air gun

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RSPCA CYMRU is appealing for information after a cat’s leg bone was shattered by an air gun pellet in Martletwy.

Trilby made her way back into her owner’s house with a broken leg, and after taking her immediately to a vet, it was discovered that she had been shot with an air gun.

The incident happened in the small village of Martletwy on Monday, September 10.

Following the incident, which shattered the central joint in her front leg, Trilby, who is around five years old, endured a gruelling three-hour operation in a bid to save her leg and avoid amputation.

Her owner Laura Hayden said: “We had a brilliant surgeon who carried out the very complicated, three-hour long operation on Trilby. The vet intended to do a pin and plate operation but the pins and plates they would have ordered in were all too big as Trilby is a small, delicate cat.

“The vet had to improvise with pins he had in stock which were small enough and wires in two figures of eight to hold the bones together. During the operation he found a destroyed blood vessel and because this had supplied blood to a bone, with no blood flow to it, that bone had to be removed.

“We have since been quite concerned about her because she has been very low, but since her splint has been taken off she has been a bit brighter.”

Laura said they have lived in Martletwy for 20 years and nothing of this nature has ever happened before.

She added: “Everyone in our road is very concerned about the safety of their animals and we will be holding a residents tonight (Monday 24 September). It is just shocking that this has happened in our small community.

“What happened to our cat is horrendous enough but this cat is a rescue cat – as are our other two cats and our two dogs – and to further blight the life of a previously badly treated innocent animal makes this even worse.

“The treatment and operation have cost us £2,000. We are lucky in that we have been able to afford this, but it frightens us to think that someone else might not have been able to. It has been, and continues to be, a traumatic, stressful and deeply upsetting experience for us. It has changed our cat’s life and has had a deeply disturbing effect of our lives that I would not wish on anyone.”

RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben said: “Trilby and her owners have been through such a distressing ordeal and it is just horrifying to think that someone may have have done this to deliberately inflict pain on this poor defenseless cat.
“We don’t know exactly where or when this happened and if this was a deliberate attack, so we are appealing for information to try and find out what happened to Trilby. If anyone has any information, they are urged to call the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018, which is in confidence.”

If you wish to help RSPCA Cymru look into incidences such as this, you can donate online. The RSPCA is a charity and rely on public donations.

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Angle: Royal visit planned for October

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HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS The Duke of Gloucester is to visit Pembrokeshire on Thursday, October 4.

His Royal Highness will be carrying out four engagements in the county – three of them in Angle.

The highlight of the visit will be The Duke’s unveiling of a memorial at an unmarked Japanese war grave in Angle churchyard.

During the First World War on October 4, 1918, a 7,700-ton merchant ship, Hirano Maru, was torpedoed by a German U-Boat 200 miles south of Ireland.

Of the 320 people onboard, only 28 were saved. Several of the bodies were washed ashore at Angle and subsequently buried in the village churchyard.

Funds for the granite obelisk have been raised locally under the auspices of the West Wales Maritime Heritage Society and by a donation from the NYK Shipping Line, owners of the Hirano Maru.

Representatives from the company will be at the ceremony along with staff from the Japanese Embassy in London.

The memorial has been made locally by a father and son team of stonemasons from Milford Haven.

The Duke will also be visiting Angle lifeboat station – which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year – and Chapel Bay Fort and Museum at the western end of the village.

The coast artillery fort, a scheduled ancient monument, was completed in 1891 and is the earliest known fort in the world constructed principally in mass concrete.

His Royal Highness is Patron of the Fortress Study Group which aims to further the understanding of military fortifications.

Earlier in the day, The Duke will officially open Paul Sartori House in Winch Lane, Haverfordwest.

 

 

 

The building is the headquarters of the Paul Sartori Foundation which provides Pembrokeshire’s only Hospice at Home service.

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