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‘Snow angels’ praised for helping health services

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HYWEL DDA UNIVERSITY HEALTH BOARD has thanked the many people, organisations and businesses who have helped to transport staff to work during the recent cold spell and have praised the extraordinary efforts of staff in order to keep local health services running.

Across the three counties, members of the public gave up their time to help get staff to work using 4×4 vehicles and many staff walked to work, braving cold conditions. Local people also offered overnight accommodation for NHS staff who could not get home.

Staff who were able to get to work pulled together to run essential services for patients, with some staff helping out others departments. Many staff worked longer hours, additional shifts and some stayed overnight to help services keep going.

Chief Executive Steve Moore thanked both staff and the public for their efforts and gestures of good: “I would like to say thank you to our fantastic staff who kept our services going over the last few days.

“There were so many lovely stories that we heard about, with people going above and beyond, and coming up with creative solutions to solve some of the problems the recent weather threw at us.

“I’d also like to thank our public for being understanding and patient while some of our services were reduced over the weekend.”

Many local people in Pembrokeshire, including bus drivers, Coastguard staff, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority volunteers and voluntary organisations, came to the aid of hospital and community staff by ferrying them to places of work.

Haverfordwest Marks and Spencers kindly donated food to staff and patients in Withybush Hospital.

Across Carmarthenshire, the public came out in force to help staff in need while staff worked tirelessly to care for patients including tiny triplets Ronnie, Lottie and Tommie Sargeant who are being looked after on our Specialist Baby Care Unit in Glanwili Hospital.

In Ceredigion, essential services were maintained thanks to businesses such as Shukers of Aberystwyth who provided Bronglais Hospital with the use of a 4×4 vehicle. Many staff went the extra mile by walking in difficult conditions to work including a member of staff who walked from five miles to Aberystwyth.

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Newgale: New £30m road proposed to combat coastal damage

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has revealed a preferred new route for a road around Newgale today (Sept 25) at an event in Roch.

The new stretch of road would begin at Pencym and end at a new roundabout near Roch.

A new route is needed due to fears about road closures during high tides and winds, as well as coastal damage caused by global warming.

Reports have suggested that the current Newgale road may not exist in 20 years times.

The new route could cost up to £30m – compared to £40m a proposed viaduct would cost – and would need funding from the Welsh Government.

A Welsh Government spokesman said: “Transport officials will continue to work closely with the authority as they progress with their studies and firm up their proposals for addressing the current problems with the A487.

“Welsh Government is open to consider an application for funding to move forward the development work.”

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MP calls on Welsh Government to explain broadband delays

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STEPHEN CRABB has called on the Welsh Government to come clean over broadband rollout delays.

Minister Julie James AM, whose responsibilities include digital infrastructure and inclusion, has been urged to explain the reasons for delays to the rollout of superfast broadband to rural properties across Wales.

Last year, the Superfast Cymru scheme saw BT receive £425m in return for connecting the vast majority of premises in Wales to next-generation broadband.

When the contract ended, 90,000 mainly rural properties still had not been connected. Further details of another scheme to complete the work were due to be announced in July, but at the start of August, Julie James AM suddenly announced that ‘unforeseen issues’ were causing delays which could not be further discussed because of ‘commercial confidentiality’.

Stephen Crabb, MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire, said: “It’s simply unacceptable for the Minister responsible to announce delays to the next stage of Broadband rollout but refuse to explain why. Access to reliable, fast broadband is of increasing importance to businesses, large and small, in Pembrokeshire and I have worked with many across the constituency to improve their broadband access.

“However, the digital divide continues to exist with rural communities in Pembrokeshire suffering again. It is an inescapable fact that delivery of broadband infrastructure is devolved to the Welsh Government and Julie James AM should now come forward and explain the reasons for these delays.”

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Air ambulance lands at ‘serious’ crash scene

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THE WALES AIR AMBULANCE has landed at the scene of a serious crash this morning (Sept 25) between the Sentry Cross and Honeyborough roundabouts on the A477.

Posts on Facebook from witnesses at the scene say a man is being treated by paramedics.

Police have said one car was involved in the incident.

In addition to the helicopter, Dyfed-Powys Police, the Welsh Ambulance Service and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene.

The road is currently closed with diversions in place.

A police spokesperson said:  “Dyfed-Powys Police is at the scene of a serious RTC between the Sentry Cross and Honeyborough roundabouts, Pembrokeshire.

“The A477 stretch between those roundabouts is currently closed while emergency services deal with the incident. One car is involved; the driver has received serious injuries.

“No further information is available at this time.”

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