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Withybush: Health Board deny regular ambulance diversions

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THE DIRECTOR of Operations at Hywel Dda University Health Board has strongly denied claims on social media that over the last few days Withybush Hospital has been closed to ambulance admissions.

On Wednesday night the SWAT Facebook page printed a message from a whistle-blower claiming to be close to the ambulance service.
The un-named source contacted the campaign group and said: “[It’s] very worrying indeed… it is September and we haven’t yet been plunged into the traditional ‘winter pressures'”

The source added: “But, Withybush has been closed to ambulances for the past two days, it is full to capacity and cannot take ambulance patients as there is nowhere for them to go.
Glangwili cannot take our Pembrokeshire ambulance patients because they are in the same boat and full with nowhere for people to go.
“All Pembrokeshire ambulance patients have had to go to Prince Philip hospital in Llanelli which is now struggling to cope with the extra pressures and does not have the facilities to deal with all cases as it’s A&E is limited.
“Staff are running around trying to cope the best they can but it’s not fair to them and certainly not fair to unwell patients who are having to be taken miles away and don’t even know if there’s space to take them in.
“It also means their family are often unable to travel such distances to be with them in their time of need. This situation is appalling.”

However, the Health Board said this was inaccurate and wanted to set the record straight.

Joe Teape, Director of Operations and Deputy Chief Executive at Hywel Dda, said: “The health board strongly refutes the claims made on social media and we would like to take the opportunity to set the record straight.
“Over the past few days the vast majority of our patients in Pembrokeshire have been seen and treated by our extremely hard-working and dedicated clinical workforce at Withybush General Hospital, a number of whom have been caused significant distress as a result of what they have read on social media.
“As is commonplace at this time of the year we are experiencing pressures at some of our acute hospital sites, and in line with our usual escalation procedures a small number of appropriate patients have been diverted to Glangwili and Prince Philip hospitals to ensure that we can accommodate our patients safely. The same protocol is followed on occasions when patients need to be diverted to Withybush.
“The health board has a responsibility to ensure that we deliver services which are clinically safe and put patients at the heart of everything that we do. Through joint working with internal and external partners, including our colleagues at WAST, the position has now improved and no diverts are currently in place. We would like to thank all of our staff and external colleagues for their support and hard work over this busy period.”

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Milford Haven: Three hurt in violent pub incident

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THREE people were injured in a violent incident at the Trafalgar pub on Charles Street in Milford Haven, shortly after 7am on Sunday (Oct 21).

The popular drinking spot was forced to close for a few hours after a man was hospitalised and two others who were in the premises, a male and female were also hurt, but not seriously.

On Facebook, landlady Sally Allen posted: “We took the decision to close until the matter was fully investigated. I would like to thank my customers for they co-operation this morning and supporting with dealing with the matter. Much respect, thank you!”

She later added: “This was a rare but never less a horrible incident that was dealt with very professionally by staff and police. Also, I would like to thank everyone involved for there full cooperation.

“A real show of a community of locals pulling together.

“I couldn’t be any prouder of my staff and customers for their support in this matter at the time and afterwards.
“The offender is a known to the town and police as a troublemaker.

“He is being dealt with by the police and has a lifetime ban from the Trafalgar pub.”

A spokesman for Dyfed-Powys Police told The Herald: “We attended The Trafalgar pub, Milford Haven, shortly after 7am on Sunday, October 21, following reports of an assault. One man was taken to hospital with a head wound and a woman and a second man received minor injuries.”

The spokesman added: “A 30-year-old man was arrested at 8.20am at Steynton Road on suspicion of grievous bodily harm, and later released on police bail with conditions.”

In an appeal for information, the police said: “The investigation is ongoing, anyone with information 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. Quote reference: DP-20181021-067.”

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Haverfordwest: Suspected child groomer remanded

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A MERLINS BRIDGE man has been remanded into custody after being arrested and charged with a child grooming offence.

Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court heard on October 23 that from October 14 to October 20 in Haverfordwest, Shaun Smith, 63, used Facebook messenger to groom a 14-year-old girl and then made attempts to meet that girl in the local Mc Donald’s restaurant.

Shaun Smith, 63, looked emotionless in the dock, and did not enter any plea to the single charge under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Wearing a grey jogging suit, he confirmed his name, date of birth and address from behind a glass screen.

He will now remain in custody until his next hearing at Swansea Crown Court on Friday, November 23, at 10am for his own safety, and to stop the defendant absconding, the court heard.

He was represented in court by Mike Kelleher or Red Kite Solicitors.

Mr Kelleher made no application for bail as no suitable address could be found for Smith.

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Pembroke: RSPCA appeal after mare abandoned

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RSPCA CYMRU is appealing for information after a Thoroughbred bay mare was found abandoned in Pembroke.

It has been reported to the animal welfare charity that on Friday, October 5, the horse was seen being unloaded onto land belonging to the Windmill Hill Caravan Park which is on one of the main roads to Pembroke.

RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben said: “This Thoroughbred bay mare has a slight injury to her hip, which possibly could be an old injury as she was a racehorse. It is just so sad that someone has just left her.

“A blue transit van was seen with the horse by some witnesses. This does appear to be an abandonment, and we’d urge anyone with information about this horse to contact the RSPCA through our inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018 so we can find out more information about what happened here.

“The horse has a microchip and has the name ‘All Talk’ and we know that the horse had been rehomed to a livery yard in Pembrokeshire, so we’re using this information with our enquiries, but we also need the help of members of the public for vital information.

“We also urge people to seriously think about the commitment involved in caring for horses as this sadly happens far too often.”

Should you wish to help RSPCA Cymru with work like this, you can donate online. The RSPCA is a charity and relies on public donations.

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