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Withybush shake-up in battle to keep understaffed A&E open

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withybushhospMANY PATIENTS from Pembrokeshire will no longer be treated at Withybush Hospital and will be diverted to Glanwgili in Carmarthen in a major shake up by health bosses, who say they are fire fighting to keep 24 hour A&E services open in Haverfordwest.

For the time-being at least, Withybush will no longer truly be a ‘county hospital’.

The Health Board has confirmed to The Herald that the number of patients admitted to Withybush Hospital overall will be reduced so that the UHB can “safely maintain a 24/7 service” with the few doctors available.

This will be achieved; it has been announced, by temporarily changing the catchment area of Withybush Hospital, diverting GP admissions and ambulance transfers from Cardigan, Narberth, Kilgetty, Saundersfoot and Tenby to Glanwgili Hospital, Carmarthen.

Struggle to maintain a 24 hour service: Withybush A&E

Struggle to maintain a 24 hour service: Withybush A&E

In a statement released yesterday (Jul 16), health bosses have reiterated that Withybush is facing a temporary shortage of doctors. The Health Board said that foreign doctors they have recruited to help elevate the problem are awaiting visas so they can travel to the UK to take up their new positions.

That being the case,  they said, an action plan had to be put in place to “enable the hospital to safely care for patients and keep the medical intake and the Emergency and Urgent Care Centre open.”

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Unprecedented demand on health and social care services in local area

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Joint statement by Hywel Dda University Health Board, the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Pembrokeshire County Council, Carmarthenshire County Council and Ceredigion County Council

The urgent statement we have asked to publish is as follows:

THERE is currently an unprecedented demand on health and social care services across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire, which is leading to significant delays in care provision. Put simply, the difficulty in discharging medically-fit patients from hospital – many of whom have complex personal circumstances and needs – is leading to significant bed shortages, and consequently, lengthy ambulance waits at the ‘front door’ of A&E departments, which mean that paramedics are unable to respond to other 999 calls in the community.Social care and Health teams are doing everything possible to support people who are well enough to leave hospital but need ongoing care. Priority is being given to the most vulnerable, and alternative health and care packages are being offered as a short-term measure. More carers and health staff are also being recruited to support people in need.

If you have a relative or loved one in hospital who is well enough to go home, but is waiting to be discharged with homecare and community health support, you may be able to help them to get home more quickly if you and your family are in a position to support them at home. If your relative is waiting for a formal package of care, you may be able to offer support and care on a short term, temporary arrangement or you might want to consider whether your loved one could be supported in a temporary residential or nursing care setting. If you feel that this is an option that you could consider, please speak to the ward manager or your social worker to explore further.

Spending as little time in hospital is better for patients and means that NHS beds can be freed up for others with urgent care needs. Supporting older patients to get home from hospital efficiently is an important part of their recovery and it also protects them from negative consequences of hospital admission, such as hospital acquired infection, falls and a loss of independence.  You can find out more about the hospital discharge process and guidance here: Inpatient information – Hywel Dda University Health Board (nhs.wales)

Your support not only helps your loved one, but it is a huge support to the NHS and social care services as well.

Thank you.

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‘Exercise caution’ say police following altercation with man ‘living in woods’

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POLICE are encouraging the public to ‘exercise caution’ whilst walking in Gwenarth Woods, Little Milford, after multiple reports of an individual acting aggressively.

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police has confirmed to this newspaper that they have had several reports regarding an individual that is presumed to be living in the woods, acting aggressively towards walkers in the area.

Some have taken to Facebook to warn others who may walk in the area to be cautious after an altercation with the individual.

Reports suggest that the male has set up camp in the woods and has laid claim to part of the land, blocking footpaths, rights of ways and demanding money from those he feels are ‘trespassing’.

One incident that has been shared across Facebook happened on Sunday, October 17, whilst a mum and her young son were walking through the woods.

The man is said to have become confrontational, following the pair and demanding money after they walked through ‘his land’.

Speaking on the incident the woman said: “He basically told me to “get off his land” to which I replied it was not his etc etc.  He was shouting at me, and I was getting really angry as well. He literally pounced out of nowhere, and to be honest, shocked me a wee bit. Especially as I had my son with me. 

Little Milford: Police said that the public are encouraged to exercise caution if they choose to visit this area

“He followed me all the way to the gate by the stream, which in his mind is the boundary of “his land”. 

“When I say followed, I mean he was inches behind me all the way.

“Then he was demanding money from me as I was on his land. And I am never allowed there again.

“Needless to say, I phoned the police.”

Others took to the post to share similar encounters they have had with the same man.

Police have confirmed that they are working closely with other agencies to come to a solution.

They have asked the public to remain cautious, avoid confrontation and to report any further matters to them immediately.

A police spokesperson said: “Dyfed Powys Police has received several reports regarding a male person causing local walkers concern in Gwenarth Woods, Little Milford, Pembrokeshire.

“Police are working closely with other agencies in order to find a timely solution to this complex matter.

“Meanwhile, the public are encouraged to exercise caution if they choose to visit this area, to avoid confrontation and to report any matters to the Police immediately.”

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Souper day planned to spruce up Narberth

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SEVERAL community groups have come together to plan another spruce up Narberth and to build on the town’s strong community foundations.

There is an open invite out to the community to come together at 1pm on Wednesday October 27, at the Queens Hall Narberth, to enjoy a delicious bowl of vegan soup, cooked using local surplus food. There will be a chance to browse information and chat to members of various community groups. After lunch, volunteers can collect a litter-picker and other cleaning equipment and go out to help spruce up Narberth ready for winter. Hot drinks will follow, back at the Queens Hall.

Local County Councillor Vic Dennis said “ Many new people have moved into Narberth over the last couple of years and this is an opportunity for them to see what really makes Narberth tick. Most of the services that we enjoy are managed and run by the community, for the community.”

” There will be a chance to meet representatives from the Queens Hall, Bloomfield Community Centre, Pembrokeshire Foodbank, Plastic Free Narberth, Narberth Museum, Swim Narberth along with sports and other clubs in Narberth.”

“As well as having the marvellous shops and businesses, coming together is part of living in Narberth and we have been denied that chance for far too long. We plan to build back better in Narberth, by offering opportunities for all and by strengthening and developing our wonderful community organisations. It is a fantastic way to meet new friends and see what really creates that Narberth magic.”

Lara Herde, Queens Hall Narberth Manager said “After a long and challenging 2 years, we are thrilled to welcome community members new and old to this wonderful autumn event. It’s a great feeling to be working together once again with such excellent local organisations who all want to make a difference to the town and the people who live and work here. If you have ever wondered about getting more involved in the local community, now is most definitely the time – a friendly welcome awaits everyone” 

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