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Leader’s update: Help us to drive down Covid-19 cases

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THE FOLLOWING is an update from the Leader of Pembrokeshire County Councik, Cllr David Simpson:
Hello everyone, I hope you are well.
I’d like to start by giving an update on the Covid-19 situation here in Pembrokeshire.
As I write the positive case rate locally is 457 per 100,000 people and across Wales it has now reached 650 per 100,000 – the highest it has been in 2021.
We remain at Alert Level 0 and I would like to reinforce that the Welsh Government advice is still to work from home if you can.
This is one of the most effective ways to reduce transmission of Covid-19.
Please continue to wear a face covering where required, meet outdoors if you can, wash hands regularly and get tested if you have any symptoms of Covid-19.
Please take up the offer of vaccination, it is the best defence we have against Covid-19.
Each of us doing our bit will really make a difference, especially as we head into the colder months.
In our schools, the number of Covid cases amongst learners remains higher than we would like it to be.
Families are reminded that where learners have symptoms they should remain at home and seek a PCR test.
They should self-isolate as required until either a negative outcome is returned or until the end of the 10 day isolation period for a positive PCR test.
All schools remain open and we are keeping our processes under review against the Local Decision Making Framework.
Schools remain in the moderate category in this framework and we thank our school staff for their ongoing commitment to learners and providing education.
Moving away from Covid now, you will no doubt have seen that there have been media reports of some petrol shortages across the UK over the past week.
I am grateful to the Dyfed-Powys Local Resilience Forum for reassuring that the vast majority of supplies across our region have been unaffected.
I echo the call to continue to purchase fuel responsibly and calmly to ensure there is plenty to go around, especially for our hardworking colleagues in the health and emergency services and all keyworkers.
Recently we announced that we would be joining other Local Authorities to help Afghan refugees in Wales and to do this we need your help.
We continue to seek suitable accommodation in the private rented sector to house Afghan Refugees.
If you have a property that is currently empty and could be made available then please get in touch with the Refugee Resettlement Coordinator, via our contact centre on 01437 764551 or email enquiries@pembrokeshire.gov.uk and we can discuss this further with you.
This accommodation needs to be self-contained and available for a minimum of 12 months, but in return we will guarantee the rent for this period and support is provided to ensure that the refugees are able to settle into the area.
Finally, at the end of last week a group of young climate change campaigners marched to County Hall.
As this was happening outside, our managers were inside in a managers’ forum on climate change so it was very powerful for them to hear the young people chanting as they discussed the same subject.
As an administration we share the passion of those young people to respond to and tackle climate change.
The Council announced a climate emergency in 2019 and has since set up an action plan to steer the Council towards becoming a net zero-carbon local authority by 2030.
This document is available on our website and details what we have done so far, plus plans for the future.
Climate change is real and it is happening across the world and impacting on local communities in Pembrokeshire.
It is up to us to change this.
Stay safe everyone

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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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