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Withybush: Midwife unit nears completion

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Meet the team: Withybush Hospital’s Midwife Led Unit • Mark Griffiths

Meet the team: Withybush Hospital’s Midwife Led Unit • Mark Griffiths

WITHYBUSH HOSPITAL’S Midwife Led Unit opened on Monday (Nov 10). Following the controversial introduction of midwifery led care in August, building works have ongoing within the maternity ward to provide a modern and purpose designed facility to mums who want to deliver in a homely and relaxed atmosphere. Catherine Cotter, Head of Midwifery and Women’s Health said: “It will be wonderful for our midwives and mums alike to start using this modern facility on Monday. It has been designed with comfort and relaxation in mind whilst providing an environment that caters for the needs of mums, partners and families. I’d like to pass on my personal thanks to everyone who has contributed over the past few months; many members of staff from numerous different teams have come together.

I would like to recognise all who have played their part, in particular our estates and hotel services teams for their dedication and hard work, all staff working within the Midwife Led Unit and BAM Construction.” From Monday (Nov 10), mumsto- be booked in to give birth at Withybush’s Midwife Led Unit will have access to three birthing suites with a dedicated birthing pool room, each complete with mood lighting and en-suite facilities. Despite a campaign by the board to put the changes in a positive light, the end of consultant-led obstetric care at Withybush has caused – and continues to cause – disquiet among expectant mums. While the record of births provided by the local authority records two births delivered in transit since August (one in an ambulance, the other in a private car), considerable concerns still exist about the present transport provision (one ambulance, not fitted with specialist equipment) between Withybush and West Wales General Hospital, Carmarthen.

However, in a first in Wales, close team-working has been facilitated at Withybush by the location of the specialist ambulance team within the midwife-led unit and unit staff are keen to point out that the unit aims to provide a home away from home for expectant mums. In a letter to one Pembrokeshire resident, Welsh Health Minister Mark Drakeford claimed he would commission: “An independent evaluation of the impact of the revised neonatal services on newborn outcomes and patient experiences in twelve months’ time.” The Health Minister’s promise has been greeted with scepticism as to whether, as with other consultations and processes led by the Welsh Government, the terms of reference for such an evaluation will be skewed to deliver the results the Welsh Government wants. With two thirds of Pembrokeshire’s mums expected to deliver their children in Carmarthen, current expectant mothers will be relieved to find out that there is yet to be an emergency transfer between Haverfordwest and West Wales General Hospital. Apart from providing services at the point of delivery, the unit will also provide breast-feeding support, classes on active birth and pre and post natal support to Pembrokeshire mothers.

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Health board: COVID-19 vaccinations will be by appointment only from end of this month

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THE LOCAL health board has announced that from August 31, access to Mass Vaccination Centres (MVCs) in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire for COVID-19 vaccinations will be by appointment only in preparation for the start of the winter vaccine programme.

Anyone wishing to drop-in for their first or second dose during August is advised to check opening times on the day before travelling by visiting hduhb.nhs.wales/healthcare/covid-19-information/covid-19-vaccination-programme/mass-vaccination-centres or calling 0300 303 8322 as these are subject to change. If you still require a booster, please wait to be offered an appointment.

From 31 August 2022 onwards, please book an appointment by calling 0300 303 8322 or by emailing COVIDEnquiries.hdd@wales.nhs.uk

Bethan Lewis, Interim Assistant Director of Public Health at Hywel Dda University Health Board (UHB), said: “Throughout the vaccination programme we’ve aimed to make the vaccine easily accessible through a combination of drop-ins and appointments. This change will allow us to deliver the COVID-19 in partnership with primary care and minimise the risk of duplication or vaccine waste.

“If you are eligible for an autumn COVID-19 booster, please wait to be invited by either your GP or the health board. Everyone eligible will be offered an appointment by November.

“GP practices are also preparing to invite eligible patients for their seasonal flu vaccine and aim to offer an appointment to everyone eligible by December. Again, please do not contact your GP practice at this time, you will be invited when it is your turn.”

Scheduled drop-in sessions for children and young people who are home-educated or not in education to access childhood vaccinations routinely offered through school nursing teams will continue as advertised at selected MVCs.

The remaining drop-in sessions for children aged 5 to 17 years of age will be held between 12pm and 6pm in the following locations:

Aberystwyth MVC (Thomas Parry Library, Llanbadarn Campus, SY23 3AS) – Tuesday 30 August
Carmarthen MVC (Y Gamfa Wen, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, SA31 3EP) – Friday 2 September
Cwm Cou MVC (Ysgol Trewen, SA38 9PE) – Monday 22 August
Haverfordwest MVC (Pembrokeshire Archives, SA61 2PE) – Wednesday 31 August
Llanelli MVC (Dafen Industrial Estate, SA14 8QW) – Tuesday 23 August
These drop-in sessions are also open to any Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire or Ceredigion school attendees who may have missed their vaccinations.

If you are unable to attend one of these sessions and have any queries or wish for your child to receive their scheduled vaccines, please complete the form available here hduhb.nhs.wales/healthcare/services-and-teams/immunisation-and-vaccination/childhood-and-young-people-vaccinations/vaccine-access-for-home-schooled-children or call 0300 303 8322 to be contacted by a member of the health board’s immunisation nursing team.

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Police appeal for information after man ‘was slapped on the back of the head’

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POLICE in Pembroke Dock are appealing for information after an alleged assault.

A male was slapped to the back of his head outside Lloyds Bank on Monday, August 8, 2022 between 5pm and 5.15pm following an argument with another male.

If you have any information please contact the Police on 101, quoting reference DPP/3231/08/08/2022/02/C

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Gareth Mann from Milford Haven sentenced to seven years in prison for drug offences

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DRUG dealer Gareth James Mann, aged 46, from Bunkers Hill, Milford Haven has been sentenced to a total of 7 years in prison.

A Misuse of Drugs Act search warrant was executed at Manns’ home address on 17th March 2022, where he was found to have controlled drugs including Heroin, Cocaine, Cannabis, Morphine, Pregabalin, Buprenorphine and Diazepam with a combined street value of up to £3660. Cash totalling £3430 was also found in his possession.

He was arrested and later charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and with possession of criminal property.

Garth Mann: Drugs worth £3660, and cash totalling £3430 was found in his possession.

Mann appeared at Llanelli Magistrates court on Friday, March 18 where he entered a not guilty plea. He was remanded in custody to appear at Swansea Crown Court.

Following a 6-day trial Mann was found guilty of all counts by a majority verdict on Monday 15th August 2022 and sentenced to a total of 7 years in custody.

DS Vinny Barrett said told The Herald: “Tackling the supply of illegal drugs is a priority for police in Pembrokeshire and the misery that illegal drugs bring to local communities will not be tolerated.

“We are taking a positive approach in targeting those that supply illegal drugs, and I would encourage anyone with information about the misuse of drugs to contact police.

“This information will be acted upon and will help us in preventing the supply of illegal drugs and the criminality that can be associated with them.”

To report suspicious behaviour in your community, visit https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, email 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or call 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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