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Paul Sartori Hospice at Home supported by Caring Communities Innovation Grant

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Paul Sartori Hospice at Home were delighted to hear that a recent application to the Caring Communities Innovation
Grant was successful. The Grant, which is coordinated by PAVS (Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services)
awarded £1,523.48 towards the charities ‘Equipping the Community to be Independent Phase 2’ project.

The Caring Communities Innovation Grant panel members were supportive of this particular ‘Phase’ of the project as
Paul Sartori Hospice at Home identified that the purchases would see positive outcomes for end of life patients,
families and carers. The Grant funded the purchase of reclining bath chairs, accessories and TENS machines.
PAVS administers the Caring Communities Innovation Grant from the Welsh Government’s Integrated Care Fund,
which offers grants for new and innovative projects in Pembrokeshire that will help older people, people with
learning disabilities and unpaid and young carers with their health and wellbeing.

Vanessa John, PAVS Third Sector Support Manager said “The panel were pleased to award funding to the Paul Sartori
Foundation to purchase this much needed equipment that will be used to improve the care and support provided for
patients.”

“We are delighted and very grateful to the Caring Communities Innovation Grant team for supporting this project
and the Paul Sartori Hospice at Home Equipment Loan Service. This grant has enabled the charity to purchase
specific items to support end of life patients, their families and carers in Pembrokeshire now, and in many years to
come,” said Pat Coombs, Clinical Coordinator and Equipment Facilitator at Paul Sartori Hospice at Home.

The Paul Sartori Hospice at Home Equipment Loan Service rely on specific donations to fund the purchase of new
items of equipment. This grant is part of a diverse range of fundraising initiatives to fund this essential service
delivered in the county which supplements the statutory provision.

‘Equipping the Community to be Independent’ is part of a wider campaign to raise awareness and funds to purchase
a range of new items for patients with any life limiting illness. This equipment is especially for end of life patients
who wish to be cared for, and remain at home, surrounded by their family and friends. Paul Sartori Hospice at Home
launched a campaign at the beginning of June via Crowdfunder, in association with the CALOR Rural Community
Fund, to raise even more money for various items of new equipment. For more information, visit:
https://communityfund.calor.co.uk/psequipping-the-community-to-be-independent.

Paul Sartori Hospice at Home provides a wide range of other services to people living in the final stages of a life
limiting illness, including: home nursing care, 24-hour support, standby service, complementary therapy,
bereavement and counselling support, under 18s anticipatory and bereavement support, physiotherapy, advance
care planning and training. These services, provided by the Paul Sartori Hospice at Home Service, enable people in
the later stages of any life limiting illness to be cared for and to die at home with dignity, independence, pain free
and surrounded by those they hold most dear if that is their wish. Services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a
year, thanks to the kind generosity of the Pembrokeshire Community. Further information on the charity and its
services can be obtained by visiting their website www.paulsartori.org, or by phoning 01437 763223.

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Police appeal after man found dead near Kilgetty roundabout

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POLICE in Pembrokeshire are  investigating the sudden death of a man in Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire.

The man, aged in his 60s, is often seen on or near Kilgetty roundabout. Concerns for his welfare were raised this morning (Saturday, Nov 28) and sadly, a body was found near the Kilgetty roundabout a short while later.

Police said: “Anyone with information that could help piece together the circumstances surrounding his death, which is being treated as unexplained, is asked to contact police.

“Though formal identification has not yet taken place, the man’s next of kin has been informed. HM Coroner is also aware.

“Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or 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-20201128-076.”

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Garage planning appeal dismissed

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A PLANNING inspector has upheld a Pembrokeshire County Council decision to refuse planning permission for a detached garage.

The Inspector dismissed the appeal by Mr Peter Baker against the Council’s decision to refuse the proposed development at Amroth Road, Ludchurch.

Planning Inspector J P Tudor agreed that the development would cause unacceptable harm on the character and appearance of the area.

The planned garage was to be placed in front of a detached bungalow.

Other properties nearby generally have garages situated to the side or rear or integrated into the main building.

The Inspector said: “Given its size and position, the garage would appear prominent in public views along the highway and be noticeable from neighbouring properties. It would compromise the existing sense of space and openness to the front of most dwellings.

“Therefore, the development would have an adverse effect on the character an appearance of the area.”

The appeal was dismissed.

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New guidelines for hospital visiting during Coronavirus outbreak

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NEW revised NHS Wales hospital visiting guidance during the coronavirus outbreak will be published on Monday 30 November 2020. This supersedes previously published guidance.

The revised guidance sets out the baseline for visiting in Wales during the pandemic, but allows health boards, trusts and hospices to have more flexibility to depart from the guidance.

This flexibility is due to the changing picture of coronavirus transmission across Wales, with significant variations in community transmission across different parts of the country and differences in the rate of nosocomial transmission.

The new guidelines allow health care providers to asses local factors and work with local infection prevention and control teams and Public Health Wales when agreeing visiting arrangements.

Healthcare providers may depart from the guidance in response to:

  • rising levels of covid-19 transmission in their localities, including levels which result in a national lockdown and/or evidence of nosocomial transmission in a particular setting; or
  • falling levels of transmission in their local area.

In addition to allowing for this flexibility the revised guidance has been amended for maternity services after listening to feedback from women and families and consulting with Heads of Midwifery and Sonography/Radiography Services. Visiting in maternity services will now be based on a risk assessment approach by health boards. This will take into consideration local environmental factors such as room sizes, ability to socially distance and infection prevention and control risks in enabling partners to safely accompany pregnant women and new mothers. This risk assessed approach should be taken in collaboration with relevant health professionals, local infection prevention and control teams and Public Health Wales. All women will be supported to have at least one partner with them during active labour, birth and for the period immediately after the birth, except in an extremely limited number of circumstances.

The updated guidelines also recognise that some people may require an essential support assistant for specific additional support eg a support worker or interpreter. Essential support assistants will not to be classed as visitors, in some circumstances, where people receive care and support from a family member or partner, they may nominate this person as their essential support assistant.

Minister for Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething, said: “We recognise that the restrictions on visiting has a huge impact on patients, their families and loves ones. We have announced further changes to the guidelines today to provide health boards, trusts and hospices with flexibility to depart from the guidelines in response to local levels of Covid-19 transmission. It is important to remember that the virus has not gone away and the health, safety and wellbeing of patients, communities and NHS staff remains an absolute priority for both the Welsh Government and health care providers. Tough choices will still need to be made but we hope the revised guidelines will allow more flexibility for health care providers. ”

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