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Working together to stop the spread of coronavirus

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BY WORKING together, we’ll keep Pembrokeshire and Wales safe.

That’s the message from the Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) team set up at Pembrokeshire County Council.

Some 138 members of Council staff are being trained to enable them to be deployed to the TTP team if required to help stop the spread of coronavirus across Wales.

With lockdown restrictions being further eased it is now even more important that anyone showing any symptoms of coronavirus gets themselves tested.

Testing and contact tracing will be vital to prevent the spread of coronavirus as we come out of lockdown and find a way to live alongside the virus for the foreseeable future.

We must all play our part, including observing social distancing guidelines and washing hands regularly.

It is important to be aware that even though most people will experience mild symptoms of coronavirus, the virus can still be passed on to others who could develop serious illness.

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • loss of or changes in smell or taste (anosmia)

You must self-isolate as soon as the symptoms develop and seek an urgent test.

This will help keep others well, save lives and assist our health services and economy.

Anyone experiencing Coronavirus symptoms can apply for a test by visiting www.gov.wales/coronavirus, or by calling 119.

Symptomatic critical workers, can get a test by speaking to their employer or contacting the local Covid Enquiries team on 0300 303 8322 or by emailing CovidEnquiries.hdd@wales.nhs.uk

Anyone testing positive for coronavirus must isolate for seven days from symptom onset, with members of their household isolating for 14 days until the risk of passing on further infection has gone.

Combined these simple but effective actions will help ensure the virus does not spread.

Anyone who has a positive coronavirus test will be contacted by a team of contact tracers, and asked for details of everyone they have had close contact with while they have had symptoms.

People who have been in close contact will be advised to self-isolate for 14 days to further prevent spread of the virus.

Genuine TTP calls will come from 02921 961 133. Genuine text messages will come from +447775106684 and genuine emails will come from (English) tracing@wales.nhs.uk or (Welsh) olrhain@wales.nhs.uk

No other channels will be used by the Test, Trace, Protect team. They will never ask you for payment or request any financial information, bank details or passwords.

Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, Cllr David Simpson, said: “Coronavirus has not gone away and it is more important than ever that we work together to help stop the spread of the virus.

“That means self-isolating and getting tested if you have symptoms and self-isolating if advised to do so by the Test, Trace, Protect team.

“These measures are in place to help keep Pembrokeshire and Wales safe. Please follow them.”

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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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Ysgol y Preseli in Crymych named Welsh secondary school of the decade

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NEWS that Ysgol y Preseli in Crymych is the Sunday Times Welsh State Secondary School of the Decade has been welcomed by the local authority.

The school is named in Parent Power, the Sunday Times Schools Guide, which identifies the 2,000 highest-achieving schools in the UK, ranked by their most recently published examination results.

The news will be published in The Sunday Times and online this Sunday, November 29th.

Nick Rodrigues, the deputy editor of Parent Power, said: “This bilingual school has risen around 300 places in our rankings since 2012 and now stands 186th overall. Last summer’s results were the best we had captured. The school is consistently moving in the right direction.

“Head teacher Michael Davies and deputy head Iola Phillips are both retiring this year which makes it especially poignant that Ysgol Y Preseli wins the Welsh State Secondary School of the Decade award. It marks the end of a fantastic era of dedication by two exemplary educators and is a fitting testament to their hard work.

“Under their leadership teachers have fostered productive working relationships with their pupils ensuring they are highly motivated.

“Officials noted during its last Estyn monitoring that ‘Ysgol y Preseli is an extremely homely community with an inclusive and caring Welsh ethos’ and emphasised teachers’ conscientious aim to support every pupil, making clear why this school is the perfect recipient for our Welsh State Secondary School of the Decade award.”

Cllr Guy Woodham, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “I am absolutely delighted to hear that Ysgol Preseli has been awarded Welsh State Secondary School of the Decade.

“This is a fantastic achievement and recognises the hard work and dedication of the whole Preseli education community. It is particularly poignant and timely that this comes as the Head and Deputy Head retire. My thanks and congratulations to all who have contributed to this award.”

Head teacher Michael Davies said it was fantastic news for everyone associated with Ysgol Y Preseli.

“To be ranked the top Welsh State Secondary School of the Decade is an incredible achievement,” she said.

“This is the culmination of ten years of hard work and I would like to dedicate the award to all the team at Ysgol Y Preseli, governors, senior management, staff, pupils, parents and the Pembrokeshire community.”

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