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Councillor calls for health board to be placed into special measures

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A COUNTY COUNCILLOR has moved for a notice of motion at the next full council meeting that the local health board should be put into special measures.

Cllr Paul Dowson wants Pembrokeshire County Council to formally recommend to the Health Minister of the Welsh Government that he puts Hywel Dda University Health Board into special measures.

In serious cases where hospitals are not providing good and safe care to patients and the management cannot fix the problems by themselves, action is taken to improve the hospitals. The term used for this is ‘special measures’.

Special measures are a number of actions health sector regulators can take to turn around hospitals.

They do this when a hospital isn’t providing the quality of care patients need or deserve, and where there is concern that the existing management cannot fix the problems on their own.

The regulators decide which of the special measures actions to use on a case by case basis.

His calls for the health board to be put into special measures comes as figures were released this week showing that Hywel Dda University Health Board have missed three out of four performance targets – although they are not the worst in Wales.

The health board missed their A&E waiting time target, which says a patient should be admitted or treated within four hours of arrival, with a rating of 83.4%, compared to the target of 95%. The Welsh average was 80.3%, and it was ranked fourth out of the seven Welsh boards. It last hit the target in June 2013.

It also missed the target for patients starting cancer treatment within 62 days of an urgent GP referral, with a performance of 90.9% compared to the 95% target. Wales’ average was 87%, and it placed second out of Wales’ health boards. It last hit the target in May of this year.

The health board also missed the mark for patients waiting less than 26 weeks for planned operations and care, with a score of 84.9% compared to the 95% target. Wales’ average was 87.6%, placing Hywel Dda sixth out of the seven Welsh health boards. It hasn’t hit this target in the last five years.

The only target the health board hit was for patients starting mental health therapy within 28 days of referral, beating the target of 80% with a score of 88.9%. The Welsh average was 82.4%, with Hywel Dda ranking second out of the seven Welsh health boards. It hit the target in June 2018.

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Angle Lifeboat tasked to disabled yacht 22miles from St Ann’s head

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ANGLE LIFEBOAT and her crew saw out April when they were tasked on 30th of April to a yacht 22miles from St Ann’s head.

Angle Lifeboat and her crew saw out April when they were tasked on 30th of April to a yacht 22miles from St Ann’s head.

The lifeboat was launched at 10:43pm to a 26ft yacht that had reported smoke coming from their engine compartment. The casualty vessel was 22 miles south west of St Ann’s with two crew onboard.

The lifeboat arrived on scene at 11:46pm. The on scene assessment was carried out and both crew were safe and well but the vessel would need to be towed to Milford Haven. The tow was set up and the casualty vessel was under tow at 11:56pm.

The conditions were perfect for the slow tow back which saw a beautiful moon rising and the early glow of dawn.

Lifeboat arrived at Milford and swapped the casualty vessel to an alongside tow to take it alongside in to the lock at Milford Marina where the casualty was safely tied up at 04:49am.

The lifeboat rehoused at 05:15am where she got her well deserved washdown and the crew headed home to get some sleep.

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Meet the Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor

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A NEW Pembrokeshire business is proving to be an inspiration for young people after its recent launch.

The Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor is the brainchild of Ewan Griffiths, who turned his dream into reality thanks to the advice and support of Cam Nesa.

The project aims to reduce the number of young people aged 16-24 who are not in education, training or employment.

Before signing up to Cam Nesa, Ewan was out of work and struggling for direction, and anxiety was preventing him from maximising his potential.

Throughout his journey with Cam Nesa, Ewan worked closely with youth worker Donna Wright to devise a plan that provided support and guidance to improve his confidence and self-esteem, and provide mechanisms for coping with anxiety.

In addition, the project provided Ewan with opportunities to gain qualifications and obtain information that would help him with starting his own business.

Ewan’s message to other young people is simple, “If you find yourself struggling, there is help.”

“Cam Nesa supported me in all aspects of my plan, and working with Donna was fantastic.”

“I would definitely encourage others to reach out for support.”

Donna Wright, who supported Ewan throughout his Cam Nesa journey, said that the launch of his new business is a great source of pride for Cam Nesa and Pembrokeshire Youth Service.

“Ewan has come on leaps and bounds, and it was his engagement and determination that has made his outcome with Cam Nesa so successful and inspiring”, she said.

“Congratulations Ewan on your achievements, and we all wish you good luck with your new business.”

The Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor provides repairs and servicing for mowers, strimmers, hedge cutters, and most agricultural engines, with the mobile service providing collection and returns.

For more information, search ‘Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor’ on Facebook.

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Milford Haven: Mount estate death not being treated as suspicious say police

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POLICE have confirmed that following a welfare visit to a property in Mount Estate, they discovered a male occupant, in his 30’s, in need of medical help.

Despite the best efforts of medical staff he sadly passed away on Sunday.

A spokesperson for the police confirmed to The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police attended a property at the Mount Estate, Milford Haven on Friday 30th April 2021, following a report of concern for the welfare of the occupier.

“A male was taken to hospital where he died on Sunday 2nd May 2021.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious.”

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