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Cocktail of drugs caused death

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coroners verdictPEMBROKESHIRE CORONER, Mark Layton declared the death of a Pembroke Dock man as accidental from a mixed drug intoxication. 

Nigel Walker, aged 52, of Albion Court, died at his brother’s house in Laws Street on January 10. Coroner’s Officer, Jeremy Davies said: “On January 9, Nigel Walker visited his brother Steven in Laws Street around 6pm. They drank some alcohol while watching the soaps though did not drink much. Steven went to bed around 9pm leaving Nigel watching TV. At 7am the next morning Steven found Nigel in the same position as the night before, he was cold to the touch and he called an ambulance. When the paramedics arrived, they pronouced Nigel dead.” The post mortem by Petya Nedeva stated: “The drugs morphine, amitriptyline, nortriptyline, sertraline, hydroxyzine, niccotine and caffeine were found in a blood sample. The cause of death was likely to have been from a mixed drug intoxication from morphine, amtriptyline, nortriptyline and hydroxyzine”. Mr Layton said: “Nigel Walker suffered from his illnesses and was in a lot of pain. He was given relief which he took, and I conclude that his death was clearly caused by an accidental overdose of morphine, amtriptyline, nortriptyline and hydroxyzine.”

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Pembrokeshire County Council: Leader’s coronavirus update, Wednesday, 8th April

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Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, Councillor David Simpson,
has provided a further coronavirus update for Wednesday, 8th April,
as follows:

‘Once again I want to reinforce this week’s message which is “stay
home and save lives.”

‘Over the Easter weekend Council officers will be visiting
accommodation providers and checking “hot spots” to monitor and
assess compliance with the legislation.

‘Enforcement action may be considered where it is necessary and
proportionate. I can confirm that our officers will also be liaising with
the police.

‘During these unprecedented times we are asking people not to visit
Pembrokeshire. We are all aware that our county is a beautiful place
and it will still be here awaiting visitors once this pandemic is over.
‘Everyone should avoid all unnecessary travel.

‘I will be on Radio Pembrokeshire tomorrow (Thursday) to emphasise
the Authority’s messages. I want to ensure that our key messages,
service updates and Covid-19 developments are shared with as many
people as I can across our county.

‘We have a dedicated Covid-19 page on our website which is
constantly updated.

‘I urge you all to view the information published to enable you to keep
up to date with developments, service updates and press releases.

‘I want to thank our web team and press department for all their hard
work in keeping the information flowing as I am aware that these
updates are keeping people well informed. I have also received
messages thanking us for the updates which are much appreciated
and they have been forwarded to the teams.

‘We are appealing for people to join our Social Care emergency
response team during this challenging time to help support some of
the most vulnerable members of our community.

‘We urgently need a large number of home care (domiciliary) and
residential care workers to work with us on a temporary basis starting
immediately. Full details can be found on our website at:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/workinsocialcare
‘I want to thank everyone who is helping to tackle this virus. What I
am seeing and hearing is heart-warming. Everyone is pulling together
and I want our communities to know we are all here to support each
other.

‘Remember: together we are stronger and together we will get
through this.

‘Public Health Wales is updating and adding to their resources
regularly. Please find all assets here:
https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-
covid-19/coronavirus-resources/
‘Press releases issued since my update yesterday are:
 Smarter Working For A Smarter Workforce:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/smarter-working-
for-a-smarter-workforce
 Star Wars Message for Young Musicians:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/star-wars-actor-
has-stellar-message-for-young-musicians
‘Also, please keep an eye on our newsroom at:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom
‘Stay Safe. Thank you.’
Useful links:
 www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/coronavirus
 www.sir-benfro.gov.uk/coronafeirws
 https://phw.nhs.wales/
 Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru – Coronafeirws Newydd (COVID-19)
– Cyngor hunan-ynysu
 https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-
19-list-of-guidance

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Stay at home this Easter, urges First Minister

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WALES’ First Minister and emergency services are calling on the people of Wales to stay home and respect social distancing this Easter holiday. The call comes as warm weather is predicted, sparking fears people will venture out of their homes.

The letter from First Minister Mark Drakeford is signed by Wales’ emergency and health services and council leaders, as well as the Chief Executive of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.

Health minister Vaughan Gething and chief medical officer Frank Atherton join the NHS, the police, fire and ambulance services, charities, councils and voluntary organisations as signatories to the letter.

It reads: “As the Easter bank holiday approaches, we have one message for everyone. Stay home and save lives.

“Our public services are working around the clock to care for and keep people safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Frontline workers are putting our health and care first, every day.

“We must continue to do everything we can to support them; to protect our NHS and to save lives.

“Stay at home and help stop the virus spreading.

“We know it’s hard and we want to thank you for sticking to the rules. There are some early signs this is having a positive impact but there’s still a long way to go. We know that staying at home for long periods is difficult and families all over Wales are making many sacrifices every day.

“Most people are doing just this, but it’s really frustrating to see some people flouting the rules and putting other people at risk. We are taking action to stop this happening.
“These rules are there to protect you and your loved ones. For most people the virus will cause a mild illness, but there’s a large number of people – children, adults and grandparents – who are at risk of serious illness if they are exposed.

“Sadly, a lot of people have already died after catching coronavirus. Families across Wales have lost loved ones to this virus – if we don’t act now, even more deaths will follow.
“Our actions and decisions over the Easter bank holiday weekend, and in the coming weeks and months, will shape Wales for years to come.
“Please – stay home and save lives.”

The letter is signed by:

Mark Drakeford AM, First Minister of Wales
Vaughan Gething AM, Minister for Health and Social Services
Frank Atherton, Chief Medical Officer for Wales
Andrew Goodall, NHS Wales Chief Executive
Tracey Cooper Public Health Wales Chief Executive
Carl Foulkes Chief Constable, North Wales Police
Mark Collins Chief Constable, Dyfed-Powys Police
Matt Jukes Chief Constable, South Wales Police
Pam Kelly Chief Constable, Gwent Police
Andrew Morgan WLGA Leader, on behalf of all Welsh Local Authorities
Arfon Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales
Dafydd Llywelyn, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys
Alun Michael, Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales
Jeff Cuthbert, Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent
Jason Killens, Chief Executive, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust
Ruth Marks, Wales Council for Voluntary Action Chief Executive
Simon Smith, Chief Fire Officer North Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Chris Davies, Chief Fire Officer Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Hugh Jakeway, Chief Fire Officer South Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Tegryn Jones, Chief Executive, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority
Emyr Williams, Chief Executive, Snowdonia National Park Authority

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Smarter working for a smarter workforce

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THE WAY an organisation responds to challenges is testament to its values, its planning and its employees.

Covid-19 has gathered pace which has been unprecedented – and is a situation that the majority of us could never have anticipated.

Facing this pandemic and being prepared has been a challenge for all tiers of Government – but Pembrokeshire County Council’s capability to reposition its workforce is thanks to embracing the Smarter Working approach.

Our investment in technology has enabled the organisation to have more than 750 staff working flexibly to keep vital services running.

Introduced in the summer of 2018, the Smarter Working project is about harnessing the potential of flexible working in a strategic way, to deliver benefits both for employees and the business.

It is well-recognised that the principles of Smarter Working acknowledge that technology and flexible working patterns are changing the way we work for the better.

Councillor Neil Prior, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Transformation and IT said: “The Council’s employees understand that we are in a fast-changing communication and technology world.

“Culture and behaviour change has enabled us as an organisation to benefit from the advances in IT and an improved flexible use of our estate.

“I’d like to thank the IT team who have been working incredibly hard to support our Business Continuity planning. The investment we have made in technology over the last couple of years has meant that we’ve been able to see a greater number of staff work from home, which is exactly in line with the Government’s advice to ‘work from home where possible’.

“I would also like to thank staff who have adjusted their working patterns and are going over and above in their efforts to prepare our County to respond in the best possible way to the current situation.”

The world of work is changing, and people no longer need be tied to a desk. Pembrokeshire County Council can now work smarter, in a way that saves money, time and improves productivity.

As part of the Council’s approach to smarter working and refining the estate – two key changes were implemented.

The conversion of Haverfordia House – which previously accommodated staff – into a reablement centre also enabled the Council to list the Cherry Grove building in Haverfordwest as surplus to requirements, ensuring cost avoidance over the next 10 years stretching into millions of pounds.

Regarding the response specifically to Covid-19 – the stats are impressive. They include:

  • 95 per-cent of IT department working remotely
  • Skype – average unique users logged in: 1,200
  • almost 14,000 one-to-one skype sessions – this equates to more than 1,200 conferences and in excess of 60,000 audio and video minutes used
  • figures showcase the Council’s ability to enable its staff to work flexibly and keep vital services running
  • Community Hub has received more than 700 calls
  • the Council’s Cabinet is continuing to meet via videoconferencing.

Councillor Prior added: “We take pride in the relationships that we are building with our communities – and I am extremely proud of the work that has gone into the planning and the commitment shown by the Council’s staff.

“Pembrokeshire County Council has a history of positive relationships with our colleagues within health, third sector agencies and emergency services – and we are all working together to support each other through this challenging time.”

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