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Ambulance waiting time scandal hits home in Hakin

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ambulance2AMID continuing controversy about the Welsh Ambulance Service’s inability to reach even revised targets for reaching those in need, a Pembrokeshire man has taken to social media to air his fury and concern about an incident which saw an elderly man waiting in driving rain for an ambulance to arrive.

Rob Parker told The Herald: “My partner, Kim (Joyce), returned home from work at 5.45 in the evening of December 3 and found an elderly gentleman lying in the street in the rain with a lot of blood coming from his face and head. “I called an ambulance at 5.46.

He was soaked through, so I ran in our house to get towels, blankets, pillows and waterproof items like my coats and the pram cover. “We covered him up and tried to keep him as warm as possible while the ambulance was en-route.” As they waited for the ambulance, Rob told us that the rain began to fall heavier and that he used a child’s parasol umbrella to try and keep him dry.

Worried about the lengthy wait, Rob phone the ambulance service again at 6:08pm: “I called 999 again to ask about the ambulance, as we were growing increasingly concerned about the condition of the man with the cold and rain and his blood loss. “I was told that an ambulance would be on its way, the ambulance did not arrive until 6.30pm, 44 minutes after the first call.

“By the time the ambulance arrived the poor old man, Kym and I are all absolutely freezing and soaked. No disrespect to paramedics (who have a tough job), but waiting three quarters of an hour for emergency services is absolutely unbelievable; it’s inhuman, its neglect – even with the weather out of the equation. I really hope that the man doesn’t have any further problems due to the conditions he was left in, even with our help.”

Rob concluded: “To wait 44 minutes for an ambulance is unacceptable, it’s complete neglect.” Reflecting on his experiences, Rob told The Herald: “I feel our county is becoming a place where I no longer want to bring up young children due to the problems with the healthcare system. It’s all a shambles.” We asked the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust to respond to Rob’s account of the incident.

Rob Jeffery, the Welsh Ambulance Service’s Head of Operations in the Hywel Dda area, told The Herald: “We were so sorry to hear about the circumstances of this gentleman’s accident and would like to praise those quick-thinking bystanders who helped him prior to our arrival. “As an ambulance service with finite resources we must prioritise calls to ensure we reach the sickest patients first.

“We dispatched an ambulance immediately to this gentleman but it had to be diverted to a life-threatening emergency. “We dispatched a second ambulance just as soon as it became available. “We would encourage Mr Parker to contact us directly if he’d like to discuss his concern in more detail. This patient or his relatives are also invited to contact us if they wish.”

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Tragedy above Milford Haven takeaway

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DYFED POWYS POLICE has confirmed that a 20-year-old male passed away in Milford Haven last Saturday, April 17.

Police were called to the USA Fried Chicken store on Charles Street at around 1:30pm but have said there are no suspicious circumstances.

A Herald reporter was at the scene and witnessed a number of police cars and an ambulance while plain-clothed officers were also seen.

HM Coroner has been informed.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson added: “We were called to Charles Street in Milford Haven on Saturday 17 April at approximately 1.34pm to reports of a medical emergency. We attended the scene with one emergency ambulance where we assisted colleagues from the police.”

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Tavernspite School the ‘healthiest of schools despite the pandemic’

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THE STAFF, governors, parents, and of course, the children of Tavernspite Community Primary School are delighted to gain the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes National Quality Award for an incredible 5th time after a recent and very rigorous assessment.

The school is already well known and highly regarded for its outstanding work in developing the health and wellbeing of all members of its school community. To achieve this prestigious recognition in the midst of a pandemic is all the more impressive. 

Health and Wellbeing at the school is led by teacher, Lauren Arthur, who has done an incredible job preparing for this re-assessment and raising the profile of the Healthy Schools scheme.

The assessor Mrs Lynne Perry, enjoyed a virtual tour and presentation by Year 3 pupils who took great pleasure in proudly showing Mrs Perry all the wonderful work the school has done to ensure its children are safe, happy with high levels of emotional and physical wellbeing.

In her report, Mrs Perry wrote, ‘Tavernspite School continues to be an outstanding health promoting school. The health promoting school ethos is evident across the whole school population and it runs seamlessly throughout everything that the school does. Tavernspite School continues to give high priority to promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of the whole school community.’

The school received fantastic support from Mrs Liz Western, Senior Public Health Officer and Lead for Healthy Schools and Pre-schools, Pembrokeshire, to whom they are very grateful.

Head teacher Kevin Phelps said, ‘We were delighted to receive this award for the fifth time, particularly considering the experiences we have all been through these past twelve months. Health and wellbeing has never been so important and we are proud to be leading the way like this.’

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Joinery learner through to Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year Finals

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PEMBROKESHIRE COLLEGE joinery learner, Conor Ratcliff has made it through to the final ten in this year’s Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year competition.

Now in its seventh year, the competition celebrates the next generation of tradespeople as they start out on their career. With over 2,500 nominations, Conor was shortlisted to the top 30 where he had to deliver a video presentation to industry-leading judges and trade body representatives. Judged on professionalism, creativity, innovation, enthusiasm and knowledge of their trade, Conor impressed the judges and is now in the final 10.  

Simon Jackson, Screwfix Customer and Digital director, commented: “Every year we are amazed by the outstanding quality of entrants and, this year, we are on the lookout for apprentices who go above and beyond to succeed within their chosen trade.

“We’ve seen how this career-boosting accolade and £10,000 prize bundle helps kickstart an apprentice’s career. I’d like to wish everyone through to this stage the best of luck!”

The prize package includes everything a future tradesperson may need to start up their own business including £5,000 of tools, a £3,000 training budget and £2,000 worth of technology. The college where they study will also receive £2,000.

Conor is thrilled to have made it through to the finals and commented: “I am extremely honoured to have made it this far in the competition and I am very excited for the final event. It would be an amazing opportunity for me, if I won this competition.

“I hope it encourages more people to consider an apprenticeship in a trade, the Carpentry and Joinery department have been incredibly supportive during my studies.”

The Final is due to take place imminently where the judges will conduct an online interview with the ten finalists before selecting and announcing their overall winner.

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