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 Assembly Members discuss operation cancellations with Health Board Chief Executive

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THE TWO Pembrokeshire Welsh Conservative Assembly Members Paul Davies AM and Angela Burns AM used a phone call with Hywel Dda University Health Board Chief Executive Steve Moore to raise their concerns over the three days of cancelled elective surgery operations throughout the Health Board Region.

The Health Board, which is in charge of running Hospitals in Haverfordwest, Carmarthen, Llanelli and Aberystwyth has been forced to cancel elective surgery in all their hospitals for each of the last three days, blaming “extraordinary pressures”.

Mrs Burns used the opportunity of questions to the First Minister on Tuesday and a Topical question to the Health Minister on Wednesday to call for action to be taken and measures to be put in place to minimise disruption, further delays to procedures and similar events taking place again in the future.

Following the call, Mr Davies said: “We were grateful for the opportunity to raise the issues surrounding the cancelled operations with Mr Moore. We received some details surrounding the events that led to the decision being taken and we took the opportunity to express our concern that matters had escalated to such an extent. The situation is clearly not acceptable and whilst we need to ensure that patient safety is not put at risk, serious questions need to be asked to how a similar situation can be prevented in the future. The people of Pembrokeshire deserve better.

Mrs Burns added: “It is extremely worrying we have reached this point yet again. The Health Board cite extraordinary pressures, but these pressures regularly occur at a similar point every year. The Health Board need to analyse the root causes of this event and the Welsh Government must provide them with the tools they need to ensure that better planning is in place to cover the eventualities that have arisen over the recent days. Patients in our constituencies, many of whom have already endured lengthy periods of time on waiting lists, had planned for their surgery but will now need to wait until pressures have been reduced. It is not good enough and change must occur immediately.”

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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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Polling station changes in Pembrokeshire

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POLLING STATIONS in Pembrokeshire are open today (May 6) but a small number may have changed from the last time you voted.

In Neyland, the polling station will be at the new Community Hub building on John Street.

St Katherine’s Church Hall will be the new host for the station in Milford Haven, having previously been held at the Murray Suite in the town hall.

A polling station will be placed at the leisure centre in Haverfordwest while one at Trecwn has been moved to the Gate, Scleddau.

Voters in the county will be electing for the Preseli Pembrokeshire and the Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire constituencies.

People will also be able to select five MSs to represent the Mid and West Wales Region.

The candidate with the most votes will win the constituency but the ballot for the region will be decided by a different process.

People will be elected according to their share of the vote, using a mathematical process, and gives parties who may have won fewer or no constituencies a better chance of winning regional ones.

It will also be a big day for 16 and 17 year olds as they will be able to vote in Welsh elections for the first time.

The ballots will be counted on Friday (May 7) with results expected to come in from the afternoon.

Polling stations opened at 7am and will close at 10pm.

All those who vote will be required to stick to Covid-19 safety measures including wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing.

Clean pencils will be available but voters can bring their own pen or pencil.

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