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Coronary Care Unit and Surgery Ward improvements underway at Withybush Hospital

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A SERIES of improvements to the hospital environment have commenced at Withybush Hospital, the Health Board has announced.

Building works to improve facilities on the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) and on Ward 3 (surgery) at the Haverfordwest hospital are planned to take place during spring 2019. This will require CCU to temporarily move into the newly refurbished Ward 9. Admissions to Ward 3 will not be affected.

Hywel Dda University Health Board has announced that the work on CCU will take approximately 6-8 weeks to complete and the necessary improvements will provide a dedicated medicines management area, additional toilet facilities and storage, meeting required Health Inspectorate Wales standards.

On Ward 3, work will include the creation of a reception area and dedicated surgical counselling and stoma care rooms.

Following completion of the Coronary Care Unit works, the Ward 9 area will then serve as a decant facility for the Ward 10 development whilst that refurbishment is underway. The Ward 10 building works will commence in April 2019 with the new Ward 10 area scheduled to open in late 2019.

Janice Cole-Williams, General Manager at Withybush Hospital said: “To enable these necessary works to take place, the Coronary Care Unit will be temporarily relocated the newly refurbished Ward 9 area.

“I wish to reassure people that disruption will be kept to a minimum and local arrangements are being made to ensure patients and visitors are informed of how and when these temporary changes may affect them.”

“We’re delighted that work has started to improve facilities for patients and staff and the hospital will benefit greatly as a result of these enhancements.

“We apologise for any inconvenience people may experience during this time and thank you for your co-operation.”

At a recent meeting of the Ward 10 Stakeholder Group, mood boards were presented to the group featuring ideas for wall coverings and furnishings. The boards will be placed on the ward for staff to share their thoughts and ideas on aspects of the project such colour schemes and equipment.

The group were delighted to hear that one of the ward’s fundraisers, Elly’s Ward 10 Flag Appeal, has reached a monumental £186,000 for the people of Pembrokeshire. Mr and Mrs Neville and their daughter Elly were thanked by the group for their continued support and involvement in the scheme.

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Council’s cannon stolen from outside Cleddau Bridge Hotel

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A LARGE cannon has been stolen from the now closed Cleddau Bridge Hotel in Pembroke Dock in the last few days.

A local councillor and the police have appealed for information which will lead to the safe return of the gun.

Ward councillor Joshua Beynon said: “Dyfed-Powys Police have just telephoned me to say they are investigating the cannon that was stolen from the former Cleddau Bridge Hotel. It is believed to have gone missing sometime between the evening of Wednesday 20th March to the morning of Thursday 21st March.”

The police said in a statement: “If anyone has any information then can I urge you to call the police on 101 and quote the crime number: DPP/0064/21/03/2019/01/C as soon as possible.”

The cannon, one of two dug up from the ground at Hobbs Point and later restored, used to stand outside Llanion Park, the former offices of South Pembrokeshire District Council, which is now the head office of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

The canon is the property of Pembrokeshire County Council and was given to the hotel on loan.

The hotel’s management neglected to make arrangements for its return to the local authority on closing down.

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How to get a refund for unused Cleddau Bridge tickets after April 1

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has announced details on how it plans to refund Cleddau Bridge users left with unused books of bridge tickets after it becomes toll-free.
From 1st April until 30th June refunds will be available from the Cleddau Bridge office itself and the North Wing Customer Service Centre in County Hall, Haverfordwest.
Refunds for all three classes of tickets will be available at the Cleddau Bridge office.

The classes are:

Class A blue-coloured tickets (for motorcycles)
Class B red tickets (cars and light commercial vehicles)
Class C orange tickets (HGVs).

Refunds at the office will be available round-the-clock from 12 noon on 1st April and will be paid – wherever possible – back to the original debit/credit cards up to a maximum of £150 with cash refunds up to £30.

Any refunds over £150 will be made by BACS transfer unless otherwise agreed in advance.

Only Class B red tickets will be refunded at the North Wing Customer Service Centre in Haverfordwest.

Here, refunds will be paid back to the original debit/credit card up to a maximum of £90 (ie three books of 50 tickets)

The maximum cash refund at this location will be £30 (ie one book of 50 tickets).

Refunds at the North Wing Customer Service Centre will be available weekdays between 9 am and 1 pm and 2 pm until 5 pm.

Organisations which have previously purchased tickets with a value exceeding £400 will be contacted during the week commencing Monday, 25th March with instructions on how to reclaim their refunds on an appointment basis at the Cleddau Bridge office.

The County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy, Paul Miller, said: “I am delighted to announce that bridge users who have unused tickets due to the cessation of tolls will be reimbursed and not find themselves out of pocket.”
Those who qualify for refunds are asked to wait a few days before making a claim so as to avoid a long wait. This particularly applies to refunds at the Cleddau Bridge office.

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Council issue ‘rave alert’ to farmers, landowners and local communities

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL and Dyfed-Powys Police are asking farmers, landowners and local communities to be on alert over the coming weekend (23rd and 24th March) for warning signs of any illegal raves planned for their land.

Any suspicious activity should be reported immediately to the police, especially if there are unusual numbers of vehicles – in particular, camper vans, vans or trucks – seen in the locality.

Illegal trespassers may recce sites in advance of any rave, or people may approach landowners and ask around for land, in the guise of hiring it for acceptable activities such as gymkhanas or scout camps.

Raves can cause anxiety to the community they are held in and, if not dealt with swiftly, are difficult to stop due to the sheer numbers of people involved. There is also a safety concern involved in breaking up such events.

Anyone with concerns should call Dyfed Powys Police on 101 and ask to speak to the Duty Sergeant or Duty Inspector at Haverfordwest Police Station.

Alternatively, please call Pembrokeshire County Council’s out-of-hours service on 01437 775522.

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