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Haverfordwest: Care home closure only temporary says Council

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL have denied that they are planning to close a residential care home in Haverfordwest permanently.

The Authority says that it is a temporary measure due to staffing problems.

The Herald was contacted by a member of staff at the Perrots Lodge, on Avallenau Drive, Merlin’s Bridge, to say that workers had been told in an emergency meeting that the centre was shutting, and staff were being transferred to Havenhurst in Milford Haven.

The staff member, who did not want to be identified, said: “We were told that there was no redundancy if we left, we just have to accept that we are moving to the home in Milford Haven. We were told to lie to anyone making enquiries and say that beds at Perrots Lodge were double-booked and that clients would be cared for in Havenhurst.”

The source added: “We at the centre have got the impression that the place was being run down over the last few months, and our fears have been proved right.”

The local authority owned centre, which has room for eight residents, specialises in interim and respite care of people with dementia or mental health conditions.

The centre had a good report from the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales in 2014, which noted in a report that the service is welcoming and relaxed, and that people are appreciative of the peaceful environment.

A spokesman for Pembrokeshire County Council told The Herald: “Due to problems with staffing, the home is to close temporarily from Wednesday, May 20.”The spokesman added: “From that date all bookings are being diverted to Havenhurst in Milford Haven or other appropriate settings. Staff will also be relocated to Havenhurst to support the clients.”

“There are no staff redundancies as a result of this temporary closure.”

The Herald has not been told when the centre might reopen.

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  1. Flashbang

    May 18, 2015 at 2:05 am

    PCC caught out lying again, it looks like any problems with staffing are the ones at PCC. Blame must start at the top and those involve should be sacked.

  2. Vivien Baillie

    May 18, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    It will be a travesty to close Perrots Lodge. The people who need this facility and thier carers will suffer.
    I visited last year to see for myself the care my husband could expect from this centre and came away reassured that he would have a lovely modern home from home facility.

    Although Havenhurst and there staff are excellent the accommodation cannot be compared.

    It is such a shame that the staff at Perrots are undervalued as well as the patients and carers.
    Please do not close Perrots. Dementia is on the increase and yet this is happening.
    It is National Dementia Week this week.

  3. Maria

    May 18, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    ‘Staffing problems’ or budgetting – a massive blow to many close friends who need to know Perrots is an option ‘if’ they need it as many already rely on Perrots as its their ONLY option. In all fairness from feedback I have been given from these families – friends Havenhurst is not a fair alternative to offer patients and their families after having contact with lovely supportive staff at Perrots. People will suffer if there is a closure – Existing people who have either visited / used Perrots, and were aware of the respite being there in case of emergencies etc. knew what they could expect from this centre and came away reassured that they would have a lovely modern home from home facility with exceptional dedicated staff. What about people’s lives that have been ruined by this devastating illness surely they deserve the best of care and peace of mind for the families whilst living with this illness and providing care at home 24/7 with very little support. So much for Pembrokeshire supporting Dementia awareness week 2015 Temporary or NOT, it has already had an immediate effect on a very confused gentleman and his family !

  4. tomos

    May 21, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Income tax was “temporary” to pay for a war hundreds of years ago 🙁

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Police appeal after biker sadly killed in crash with campervan on A40

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A MOTORCYCLIST was sadly killed in a crash with a campervan on the A40 on Wednesday (Jun 12).

Dyfed-Powys Police confirmed that the male rider of the motorcycle died at the scene of the collision which took place at around 1.05pm.

The road between Llanwrda and Llandovery was subsequently closed for ten hours.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the crash to anyone from Pembrokeshire who may have been in the area.

The incident was also attended by Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS) crews from Llandovery and Llandeilo; the Wales Ambulance Service and the Wales Air Ambulance.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating a two vehicle road traffic collision which occurred at about 1.05pm, Wednesday, 12th June 2024.

“A beige Volkswagen campervan and a blue and white Honda motorcycle collided on the A40 between Llanwrda and Llandovery.

“Sadly, the male rider of the motorcycle died at the scene.

“The road was closed and reopened at about 11.15pm.”

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or anyone living or travelling on the A40 between Llandeilo and the collision site, between 12.30pm and 1pm, with dashcam or ring doorbell footage, is asked to contact police on 101.

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Savers store to shut up shop in another yet blow to county town’s centre

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ANOTHER Haverfordwest chain store has announced when it is shutting up shop, it what seems to be a growing trend in large businesses abandoning the market town’s centre

A spokesperson for the health, home and beauty retailer Savers told The Pembrokeshire Herald that it was hoped that the staff from the Haverfordwest store would be able to take up positions at other branches in Tenby and Carmarthen.

The final day of trading will be this Saturday (Jun 15).

The closure notice on the shop door.

On Facebook the store’s management posted: “It is with great sadness that Haverfordwest Savers will be closing its doors for the last time on Saturday 15th June.

“Management and team would like to take this opportunity to thank all our amazing customers, past and present, for your custom and support, and wish you all well in the future.

“Thank you all.”

The herald broke the story back in march 2024
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Generous legacy donation boosts St Davids RNLI lifesaving fund

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A LIFELONG RNLI supporter and fundraiser who enjoyed visits to Pembrokeshire has made a generous donation of £10,000 to St Davids RNLI lifeboat station following his recent death.

John Broadhurst of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire joined the Aylesbury fundraising branch in 1974, volunteering as a committee member and secretary for almost 40 years. In 2013 he was awarded a gold badge for his dedicated support of the charity through his service and fundraising support.

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The Broadhurst family started visiting Pembrokeshire in 1972 when family members moved to the area.

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Alice Coleman, RNLI Community Manager, said: ‘On behalf of all the crew and members of St Davids lifeboat station I’d like to extend our sincere heartfelt thanks to John and his family for this very generous donation. Knowing John devoted so much time to our charity over many years, and he chose St Davids to benefit from this legacy, is humbling and greatly appreciated. This donation will enable us to continue delivering a lifesaving capability from our lifeboat station.

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