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October date for removal of paediatrics from hospital

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withybushdowngradeAS REVEALED by the Pembrokeshire Herald in July, the scheduled transfer of inpatient paediatric services to Glangwili is to take place in October.

In August’s Stakeholder Briefing, the date of October 20 is the date the Board has proposed for the closure of inpatient paediatric services.

The Briefing states: “There is on-going work to agree the protocols, operational policies and workforce models for the new service. The changes are being made to ensure the University Health Board meet national safety standards and in response to workforce challenges in recruitment, maintenance of medical rotas, and clinical training requirements. The majority of children will continue to be assessed and cared for at Withybush Hospital through a new 12-hour paediatric ambulatory care unit, supported by a range of enhanced outpatient services. A 24/7 inpatient service will be provided from a single site at Glangwili Hospital, where there will also be a dedicated and newly refurbished paediatric high dependency unit.

“If a child requires a hospital assessment outside of the 12 hours opening at Withybush they will be referred directly to Glangwili Hospital by their GP and in emergencies, ambulances will take children directly to Glangwili Hospital. In addition to normal ambulance services, the dedicated transfer ambulance vehicle currently in operation for maternity, gynaecology and neonatal patients, will also serve paediatrics. The communications team is currently working on materials to explain the changes and these will be available for staff and the public at the earliest opportunity. There will also be an opportunity for staff to meet with senior managers to discuss the changes and to keep them informed of progress, in addition to feedback ongoing from nominated members of the sub groups.”

It is not clear how, if at all, this addresses the concerns of Dr Martin Simmonds, a Withybush paediatrician whose letter the Herald was the ONLY paper to publish in full. In that letter, Dr Simmonds wrote: “We can staff a 24-hour Paediatric unit at Withybush with recently secured middle grade staffing. No, tell them we demand a 24-hour service here such that we can admit a child overnight and discharge the next morning or administer phototherapy for the jaundiced baby from St Davids who must otherwise travel to Glangwili for admission. Tell them we can develop a specialist Paediatric nurse role in A&E but that it will take time.

“Tell them that unless we stop this process now, this winter will see greater challenges and upset than there needs to be, adversely affecting the health of families and staff both here and at Glangwili.”

The Board persisted with the line that concerns raised by clinicians would be addressed. It seems remarkably convenient that those concerns have been addressed in such a short period since the publication of Dr Simmonds letter, to fit the Board’s own revised timetable.

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby

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TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.

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Rescue underway: Coastguard chopper position at 1030HRS on Friday, Jun 18 (Pic MarineTraffic)
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