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Withybush petition surpasses 10,000 signatures

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THE PETITION opposing the ‘drastic changes’ to Withybush hospital has already received over 10,500 signatures.

It was revealed in last week’s proposals by the Hywel Dda University Health Board, that all of the options involve the downgrading of Withybush from a general hospital to a community facility.

The proposed changes would see Withybush left with non-medical beds, minor injuries and midwife-led maternity units and could carry out tests and scans.

Tenby would also have a summer minor injuries unit, whilst greater emphasis would be placed on caring in communities to mitigate the transport issues faced by the frailer, older population.

The Paediatric Ambulatory Care Unit (PACU) which currently provides care from 10am until 6pm at Withybush will be removed and put into the new build between Narberth and St Clears.

It is not known yet whether services such as audiology, child development or backroom testing in the microbiology and biochemistry labs will stay or also be transferred to the new General hospital.

Having started the petition late Sunday evening (Apr 22) it has quickly gathered momentum amongst the displeased populace of Pembrokeshire, voicing their disappointment in the proposals put forth by the Health Board.

Although Hywel Dda has stressed no decisions have been made yet, and have reiterated that the consultation is open until July 12, many feel that it merely gives the illusion of discussion, and that plans to downgrade Withybush have been in place for some time.

In a Facebook comment after the petition was released, Mr Bamford-Lewis said: “They know what they’ve picked before they’ve picked it. The consultation is just lip service.”

The Save Withybush Action Team have also spoken out, offering a similar view, saying: “So the so-called ‘consultation’ has started. Options A, B & C aren’t really options at all.”

The Hywel Dda Health Board explained that the current situation regarding healthcare in west Wales is ‘unsustainable’ and Chief Executive Steve Moore said that the option of ‘doing nothing’ had been considered but that this was no longer possible.

The Health Board has the largest budget deficit in NHS Wales, of roughly £69m, up to 500 staff vacancies each month which must be counteracted by paying a premium and the local NHS currently sees 150,000 patients a week, with population growth combined with an increasingly ageing demographic stretching the system.

The petition can be found: https://www.change.org/p/steve-moore-and-vaughan-gething-pembrokeshire-says-no-to-the-closure-of-withybush-a-e

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Success for pupils on A-Level results day

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THE OVERALL Pembrokeshire pass rate at A-Level was 96.6% compared with the Wales national average of 97.4%.

Nationally there has been a slight decrease in the pass rate compared with last year.

The percentage of pupils gaining A* and A grades in Pembrokeshire was 20.2% compared to a Welsh average of 26.3%.

There has been a good improvement in the percentage of pupils achieving A* and A grades since last year in Ysgol Greenhill School at 24.3%, Sir Thomas Picton School at 24.7% and Tasker Milward School at 30.3%.

The overall Pembrokeshire pass rate at AS-Level this year was 85.2% compared to a national average of 90%.

Pembrokeshire County Council’s Director for Children and Schools, Kate Evan-Hughes, said: “Most of our students have achieved the outcomes they require to take the next steps in their journey whether that is university, apprenticeship or employment.

“It is good to see improvements being made in a number of our schools, particularly at the higher grades of A*/A in Tasker Milward, Sir Thomas Picton and Ysgol Greenhill School.

“We are pleased that the strategies to support the most able and talented learners continue to show good results.”

Councillor David Lloyd, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “We continue to work committedly with our schools to achieve better outcomes for learners in Pembrokeshire. We are confident of achieving this.

“It is especially reassuring to see successes in particular schools for our most able pupils. At the same time where there are weaknesses we will acknowledge them and dedicate bespoke resources to remedy them.

“In conclusion I would like to wish all students every success with their future ventures and thank the teaching staff for their ongoing commitment to our young people.”

SCHOOL A*-A A*-E
Ysgol Greenhill School 24.3 95.7
Milford Haven School 9.0 96.2
Pembroke School 11.0 99.0
Sir Thomas Picton School 24.7 95.8
Tasker Milward School 30.3 95.5
Ysgol Bro Gwaun 5.5 92.7
Ysgol Dewi Sant 13.0 98.6
Ysgol Y Preseli 24.8 97.9
Pembrokeshire (overall) 20.7 96.6
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Saundersfoot: Two elderly people allegedly assaulted

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POLICE are investigating an allegation of assault which occurred at approximately 10.30pm on Saturday, August 4.

Two elderly people were assaulted by a male. One of the victims required hospital treatment.

A 20-year-old male was quickly arrested in connection with the incident and has been released under investigation.

PC Corissa Smith said: “This was an isolated incident and officers quickly arrested a man. We are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

“We are especially looking to speak to a female who may have had contact with the male suspect moments before the incident.

“She is described as being in her mid to late twenties, large build, with blonde hair and wearing dark clothing. She may have been with a smaller female friend.”

Anyone with information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to report it by calling 101. If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Haverfordwest: Lorry blocks Clay Lane

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A LORRY has blocked Clay Lane in Haverfordwest this morning (Aug 16) shortly before 9am.

Motorists reported a delay on the road and were forced to turn around.

Several large vehicles have blocked the road over the last year.

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