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Health board meeting to focus on Withybush

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HYWEL DDA University Health Board will hold their next public board meeting in the grounds of Withybush Hospital, with a special focus on the Haverfordwest hospital.
It is part of the University Health Board’s new approach to holding Board meetings within hospital grounds – rotating across the area – whenever possible.Regular papers will be considered, but there will also be a particular focus on how healthcare services are being developed at Withybush Hospital, what the challenges are, and how members of staff feel about working at the hospital and its future. Following the meeting, Executive Directors will take a walk around the site to speak directly to staff and see care in action across the wards and departments that make up Pembrokeshire’s main hospital.

Chief Executive Steve Moore explained: “We acknowledge the real concern in the community for the future of Withybush Hospital – we heard it loud and clear at our recent engagement events.  And for our staff too, they have been working in an environment where there have been particular challenges in recent months – from workforce shortages to periods of high patient activity and alongside service change. As a Board we take this extremely seriously and that is why we are coming to Withybush Hospital for our next meeting to really focus and see for ourselves what it is really like in the hospital.

“There is no doubt this Health Board is fully committed to the future of the hospital – on numerous occasions we have reiterated our commitment to maintaining a 24/7 Emergency Department at the site. But whilst we don’t underestimate the challenges, we do not believe those challenges to be insurmountable and we are taking action. This includes innovative recruitment campaigns and re-modelling of services and some clinical roles to ensure they attract high calibre candidates to the area.

“We are working with our staff and community groups to build what we all want – a secure and bright future for Withybush Hospital and the population it serves.”

Members of the public and staff are encouraged to attend the meeting, which is being held at 9.30am on Thursday (May 28) in the Conference Centre.

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Tenby: Air Ambulance medivac patient with suspected broken leg

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PARAMEDICS asked for assistance, and the Wales Air Ambulance were subsequently tasked with tending to an incident at Tenby harbour on Sunday (Oct 2).

A male required assistance due to a fall around the beach area, and suffered a suspected broken leg.

A spokesperson for the air ambulance said: “Our overnight crew arrived on scene at 8.12 pm.

“Following treatment at the scene from our on-board medics, we airlifted the patient to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. Our involvement concluded at 10.31 pm.”

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Cleddau Bridge was closed due to concerns over person in distress

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THE CLEDDAU BRIDGE was closed just after midnight on Sunday morning after reports of concern over a person in distress.

A number of police units attended the incident, and an ambulance was put on standby, but thankfully was not needed. The bridge was closed for around a hour, with a diversion put in place.

Nearby residents noted the flashing lights from multiple emergency services on the bridge and posted statuses on Facebook wishing for the person’s safety.

Some other witnesses on the Pembroke Dock side of the estuary noted activity in the water from small vessels in the area under the bridge, which they believed may have been boats put on standby.

In a statement a spokesperson from the Welsh Ambulance Service said: “We were called in the early hours of Sunday morning at 12:43am to reports of an incident on the A477, Cleddau Bridge.

“We sent one emergency ambulance but were subsequently stood down.”

At just after 1am Sunday the police posted the following on their official Facebook page, confirming that the incident was over: “Cleddau Bridge has now reopened. Thank you for your patience.”

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Thirty bags of cocaine – worth £90m – wash up on west Wales beach

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE has confirmed that what is expected to be a large quantity of the class A drug cocaine has washed up on on a west Wales beach this weekend.

The Herald understands that a man walking on Tan-y-Bwlch beach, south of Aberystwyth, made the discovery early on Saturday morning – which at street value could be sold for as much as £90m.

The beach walker found 30 black bags on the sand which had been tied together with a rope and empty gallon jerry cans for buoyancy.

Inside each black bag were 30 x1kg blocks, labelled with the name of fashion brand Dior – the mark of a Latin-American cartel – indicating 100% purity.

A similar brick of cocaine confiscated in Australia (File)

Thinking the package was suspicious, the man called the police.

When the police arrived, one of the bags was cut open and inside was what appeared to be cocaine.

The suspected cocaine was then taken away by officers, and it has now been confirmed that the white powder inside the bags is believed to be cocaine.

A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “We are investigating the discovery of a significant quantity of what is thought to be cocaine, spotted along the Ceredigion coast this weekend.

“Enquiries are being undertaken to establish how such an unusually large amount of the controlled drug came to wash up on the Welsh shore, following recent storms.

“The precise quantity is still being established and at this time no-one has been arrested in relation to this matter. Officers have thanked those who found the packages and their sensible actions in reporting the matter immediately.”

No arrests have been made.

The UK’s cocaine market is estimated to be worth more than £25.7 million daily, according to the National Crime Agency’s latest strategic threat assessment.

Figures released by the agency earlier this year revealed how cocaine seizures nationwide have soared by 161 per cent between early 2020 and early last year.

A suspected £90million haul of cocaine was found on beach
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