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Withybush Hospital: Plans for new Ward 10 facilities progress

Withybush Hospital: Plans for new Ward 10 facilities progress

LOCAL fundraisers and key stakeholders came together this week (Oct 12) to hear about the latest plans for a new Specialist Palliative Care, Haematology and Oncology Ward (formerly known as Ward 10) at Withybush Hospital.

Hywel Dda University Health Board, in partnership with its stakeholders, is currently preparing detailed plans for the multi-mullion pound investment. The proposed new facilities will provide a better environment for patients through modern, purpose-built areas which are dementia friendly, and support those with bariatric requirements. It is also hoped the new facility will strengthen services and encourage appointment of key posts within the hospital.

Dr Iain Robertson-Steel, Hospital Director at Withybush, said: “We are making good progress in bringing together all the necessary plans and documentation for the development and have recently shared detailed layout plans with staff, stakeholders and the public. We will shortly be going out to tender for the building works which will then inform the business case to be submitted to Welsh Government for consideration early next year and, subject to the necessary approvals, enable the development to go ahead.

“It’s really important to recognise the involvement and engagement of our staff, partners and key charitable representatives in the local community with this exciting development; we very much value their contribution and will continue to work closely with them, and share further updates with the public, as we move forward.

“We also wish to acknowledge the fantastic efforts of Elly Neville and her family and we congratulate them as Elly’s Ward 10 Flag Appeal fund recently hit the £46,000 mark. This will greatly contribute to improving the patient experience on Ward 10.”

Elly’s Ward 10 Flag Appeal started back in May last year; however, last week it hit a new milestone, having raised over £50k.

Elly’s father, Lyn Neville, commented: “As a family we are happy to be able to give back to Ward 10 following the care I received and, more recently, my sister. We would like to thank the Pembrokeshire public and business community for their support of Elly’s Appeal and thank the Ward 10 staff for their amazing work and dedication.”

Around £345k has now been raised by the Health Board’s Pembrokeshire Cancer Services Fund and Elly’s Ward 10 Flag Appeal; however, further funding for the development is dependant on monies being secured from the Welsh Government.

Helen Johns, Senior Sister of Ward 10, said: “We are extremely grateful for the support our local community has given to this scheme. In addition to local fundraising efforts, patients and their relatives have given their precious time to consider and comment on the proposed floor plans, meaning that the ward will be designed by Pembrokeshire people for Pembrokeshire people.”

The development is part of Hywel Dda University Health Board’s wider plans to upgrade a range of dementia friendly facilities for patients at Withybush Hospital, including the new Pembrokeshire Haematology and Oncology Day Unit, which will replace the existing Chemotherapy Day Unit.

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Appeal after woman sexually assaulted on cycle path near Haverfordwest



POLICE officers in Haverfordwest are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted at approximately 4.30pm on Sunday (May 16).

The woman was walking along the cycle path between Haverfordwest and Tiers Cross when she was approached by a man who threatened and assaulted her, before walking away towards Haverfordwest town.

The male is described as a white male, between 5ft 4 and 5ft 11 tall , normal build with a welsh accent. He has short dark hair, a beard and a moustache, brown eyes, and wearing light blue jeans, navy/dark blue jersey with grey sleeves. Anyone who saw a man matching this description in the area between 3.30pm and 5pm in the afternoon.

A 35-year-old man has been arrested and is currently in police custody.

The cycle path is currently closed while the investigation continues.

Detective Superintendent Jayne Butler, who is leading the investigation, said “Incidents of this nature are extremely rare in the Dyfed-Powys area. The public may see an increased presence of police officers in the coming days as police investigate the incident. Anyone with concerns or information that could help our enquiries can speak to those officers or contact police. While a man was quickly arrested we would still like to speak to anyone who saw a man matching the above description in the area yesterday afternoon.”

Anyone with information which could help the investigation is asked to contact police. This can be done online at, by emailing, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet endorses STEP Fusion application



PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL’S Cabinet have today endorsed proposals from Cllr Paul Miller (Cabinet Member for Economic Development) to further progress the nomination of a Pembrokeshire site to host a Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) fusion power station in the county.

Working with the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), the proposed site is adjacent to the existing energy facilities on the South Shore of the Haven waterway.

If approved, the facility will initially host research with the ultimate aim of developing this technology which could offer a virtually limitless source of clean electricity by copying the processes that power the sun.

Cllr Paul Miller, Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “I am pleased my Cabinet colleagues endorsed this important programme of work. The Haven Waterway has provided livelihoods, underpinned by fossil fuels, for thousands of Pembrokeshire families, mine included, for more than 50 years. It’s my job to help ensure the waterway continues to provide high skilled, engineering, science and technology jobs for the next generation of this county – and so linked to our focus on climate change (and in addition to our existing multi-million pound commitments to supporting wind, wave and tidal clean power generation) my team have been exploring whether we can also support the development of clean, green fusion technology.

“It’s very early days in the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s site selection process but we’ll provide regular updates as things progress.”

•       STEP is an ambitious programme to design and build a prototype fusion power plant;
•       It is a UKAEA programme, currently with £222m funding from the UK Government to produce a concept design by 2024:

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Re-opening of indoor hospitality and attractions at Milford Waterfront



RESTAURANTS and indoor visitor attractions in Milford Waterfront are welcoming the return of indoor services from today.

The re-opening of indoor dining allows all restaurants at Milford Waterfront to seat customers indoors. As well as all restaurants on the Waterfront now being able to offer this service, the brand-new Foam Domes overlooking the Milford Haven Waterway are able to open, with bookings being taken from the 19th May.

Indoor visitor attractions are also allowed to re-open. This includes the Waterfront Gallery, which is open today and Phoenix Bowl & Pirate Pete’s Adventure Play which is making preparations to open from Wednesday 19th May. Also, Milford Museum, which has had a new rendered exterior finish, is preparing to open for the end of May.

Lucy Wonnacott, Marketing Manager for Milford Waterfront commented: “We are delighted to see the re-opening of indoor hospitality and visitor attractions here at Milford Waterfront. Each business has their own safety and social distancing measures in place and we kindly ask that you respect and adhere to these for your own safety, and that of others. We hope you enjoy your visit to Milford Waterfront and stay safe!”

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