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tallboatMILFORD HAVEN welcomes Hollywood royalty for the next two weeks, in the form of a ship called the Earl of Pembroke. The recently refurbished schooner has taken time out of a hectic movie schedule to take part in a Beagle Trust activity. 

The Herald spoke with the ship’s captain, Gerith, who gave some background on the boat and the reason why Pembrokeshire has the pleasure of her company. “The boat was a timber trader before but it sank, then in the early 80’s it was revived in Gloucester. The person who bought it decided to build a replica of the Endeavour (the vessel James Cook commanded). The Endeavour was bigger but he liked the shape and the rigging of it, and his intention was to put it in movies. He wanted to call it the Endeavour, but he couldn’t get the name because the Royal Navy still owned it. “Before it was the Endeavour it was the Earl of Pembroke, hence the name. For the last 20 years it has been used in movies, being docked in Charlestown and Bristol. We are here for the Beagle Trust, filming a documentary with under privileged adults to do scientific experiments in the bay; pollution orientated experiments with Southampton University, then we are off to Londonderry. We have some movies in hand but I haven’t signed the deals so far!” The Herald also spoke with second engineer Kenny, who gave a little bit of information about some of the films in which this celebrity boat has starred. “Unlike a lot of movie boats, she is a fully functional boat rather than just made-to-look-like one. She has been used in quite a few movies, Cutthroat Island, the first Alice in Wonderland film, Cloud Atlas, Hornblower, the Count of Monte Christo, the Three Musketeers, Moll Flanders and Longitude. “If we use her in a film all the stuff for safety has to be kept on deck so the props department have to do quite an amazing job. The films aren’t as well paid as you think. We still rely on donations. Even £100,000 just disappears, it’s absorbed very quickly”. He added: “On board we have a permanent crew of seven, but to do something like a trans-Atlantic voyage we would need a full crew of 15. The guys who are on here now actually live here; this is their home.” Commenting on the sea legs needed for a boat with no stabilisers, as you would have on a modern cruise ship, he said: “It’s harder for me to stand here on the quayside than it is on the boat. To me the land is moving! She does roll, especially in a swell. At 3am this morning I woke up head butting the hull! Everyone has their own coping mechanisms on sea sickness, for me, I just come and sit on deck for ten minutes.” There is a possibility that the boat could re-enact the Darwin journey which would involve a voyage around the world that could take two years, a voyage which has never been repeated since Darwin completed it. Kenny finished by saying he hoped the boat would be ready and prepared to take visitors on board this weekend: “We will have a gangplank on and visitors can come on for a pound and also donate. Get the kids down, we are dressed as pirates. We get them playing with the wheel, get them involved, and it gets the adults involved too.” The Earl of Pembroke will be docked in Milford Port, adjacent to Pirate Pete’s for the next two weeks.

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Proposed locations for new hospital site to be reviewed

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HYWEL DDA UNIVERSITY HEALTH BOARD (UHB) will this week undertake a review of potential sites as part of the ongoing process to identify a suitable location for a new hospital.

Eleven sites will be assessed on Friday 22 October, including those identified by members of the public during the six-week engagement exercise, which took place earlier this year.

This stage of the process is intended to lead to the creation of a shortlist of sites. This will be subject to further detailed appraisal with significant public and wider stakeholder involvement. The final decision about the chosen site will be made by the health board, in agreement with Welsh Government.

Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda UHB, said: “The building of a new hospital is a major long-term project, which is why we place great emphasis on being open and transparent about the process involved.

“The process we are following includes developing a programme business case to support our strategy for community and hospital-based health and care. As part of the process to apply for funding from the Welsh Government, we will submit the programme business case, and then individual outline business cases, then the final business cases for the new infrastructure we will need. The health board will therefore engage with the public on a regular basis between now and the submission of the final business cases to ensure your views are fully considered.

“I understand and recognise there are passionate feelings about a new hospital, but we strongly believe a new facility is essential for urgent and planned care in the south of the Hywel Dda area. It will provide trauma care and be the main emergency department for the south of our area.

“I can also reassure the public that we have no plans or intention to close either Glangwili or Withybush hospitals. We will engage further on how these hospitals could work alongside the proposed new hospital.”

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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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Child taken to hospital following collision with car outside school

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AN EARLY morning collision outside Ysgol Harri Tudor school, Pembroke, has seen a child taken to hospital.

The collision happened between a child and a car on Pembroke Road, Pembroke, at approximately 9am this morning.

A secondary school pupil has been taken to hospital via ambulance for what is said to be minor injuries.

Police and ambulance service were on the scene and were helped by school staff to manage the incident.

A police spokesperson said: “Dyfed-Powys Police attended a road traffic collision involving a car and a secondary school pupil this morning, 21st October 2021. The collision occurred on Pembroke Road, Pembroke at approximately 9:00am.

“The Ambulance Service also attended and escorted the teenage boy to hospital with what are believed to be minor injuries.”

A Pembrokeshire County Council spokesperson said: “We can confirm that there has been an incident outside Ysgol Harri Tudur in Pembroke this morning where a pupil came into contact with a car. 

“The police and ambulance have been on the scene and were assisted by school staff. We are not able to release any further details at present.”

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