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SCBU closure: ‘Nurses said our baby would be dead if he was born next month’



freddie2A YOUNG couple who are convinced their baby would have died without the help of the special care baby unit at Withybush Hospital have sent a heartfelt message to Heath Minister, Mark Drakeford urging him not to close the unit.
Freddie, who is one of the last babies treated at the unit, was born on July 25, weighing less than three pounds. He is twelve weeks premature.
Dad, Myles Bamford Lewis, 22, from Milford Haven told The Herald: “It was so emotional at the hospital because the nurses were crying. They knew if Freddie had to go to Carmarthen he wouldn’t have made it. The paramedics told us they wouldn’t have got much further than Canaston Bridge before Freddie would have died.”
New mum, Jasmine McGinley, age 19, from Fishguard was in her home town when the ambulance was called.
Jasmine said: “It’s upsetting to think that babies and mothers will be put at risk at the closure of the SCBU.”

She added: “I’m just glad it was still open. The unit is closing a week Monday. The midwives, doctors and nurses nicknamed him ‘Lucky Freddie – a week later and he wouldn’t be here.”
This is the message Jasmine and Myles have sent to Dr. Drakeford: “This is a picture of my son, who will be one of the last to be born at Withybush SCBU under your new plans. Without Withybush he would have been born most probably around Canaston Bridge judging the time scale of my other half’s labour. It took 15 minutes for an ambulance team to get to Fishguard from Withybush, a further 15 minutes to get back. Within 20 minutes my son was born. He then needed medicine to open his lungs properly so he could breath. Being 12 weeks early he is at the end of his development before he starts to grow.”
mylesThe letter went on to say: “I’m not sure if your a father or whether you’ve ever had any problems with pregnancy but unless you start packing ambulances with machines comparable to the ones in an intensive care unit then Pembrokeshire babies will die on the way to Glangwili.”
“Without Withybush SCBU my son would have died. As a father, I beg that you see sense that SCBU is vital to give children the best chance they can get. Your toying with lives here. SCBU is something that should be invested in and not shut down… I’m just glad im not in your shoes, I would hate to be the one who has to tell a grieving father why his child died in the back of an ambulance because you want to save a few pennies.”

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Meet the Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor



A NEW Pembrokeshire business is proving to be an inspiration for young people after its recent launch.

The Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor is the brainchild of Ewan Griffiths, who turned his dream into reality thanks to the advice and support of Cam Nesa.

The project aims to reduce the number of young people aged 16-24 who are not in education, training or employment.

Before signing up to Cam Nesa, Ewan was out of work and struggling for direction, and anxiety was preventing him from maximising his potential.

Throughout his journey with Cam Nesa, Ewan worked closely with youth worker Donna Wright to devise a plan that provided support and guidance to improve his confidence and self-esteem, and provide mechanisms for coping with anxiety.

In addition, the project provided Ewan with opportunities to gain qualifications and obtain information that would help him with starting his own business.

Ewan’s message to other young people is simple, “If you find yourself struggling, there is help.”

“Cam Nesa supported me in all aspects of my plan, and working with Donna was fantastic.”

“I would definitely encourage others to reach out for support.”

Donna Wright, who supported Ewan throughout his Cam Nesa journey, said that the launch of his new business is a great source of pride for Cam Nesa and Pembrokeshire Youth Service.

“Ewan has come on leaps and bounds, and it was his engagement and determination that has made his outcome with Cam Nesa so successful and inspiring”, she said.

“Congratulations Ewan on your achievements, and we all wish you good luck with your new business.”

The Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor provides repairs and servicing for mowers, strimmers, hedge cutters, and most agricultural engines, with the mobile service providing collection and returns.

For more information, search ‘Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor’ on Facebook.

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Milford Haven: Mount estate death not being treated as suspicious say police



POLICE have confirmed that following a welfare visit to a property in Mount Estate, they discovered a male occupant, in his 30’s, in need of medical help.

Despite the best efforts of medical staff he sadly passed away on Sunday.

A spokesperson for the police confirmed to The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police attended a property at the Mount Estate, Milford Haven on Friday 30th April 2021, following a report of concern for the welfare of the occupier.

“A male was taken to hospital where he died on Sunday 2nd May 2021.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious.”

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Polling station changes in Pembrokeshire



POLLING STATIONS in Pembrokeshire are open today (May 6) but a small number may have changed from the last time you voted.

In Neyland, the polling station will be at the new Community Hub building on John Street.

St Katherine’s Church Hall will be the new host for the station in Milford Haven, having previously been held at the Murray Suite in the town hall.

A polling station will be placed at the leisure centre in Haverfordwest while one at Trecwn has been moved to the Gate, Scleddau.

Voters in the county will be electing for the Preseli Pembrokeshire and the Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire constituencies.

People will also be able to select five MSs to represent the Mid and West Wales Region.

The candidate with the most votes will win the constituency but the ballot for the region will be decided by a different process.

People will be elected according to their share of the vote, using a mathematical process, and gives parties who may have won fewer or no constituencies a better chance of winning regional ones.

It will also be a big day for 16 and 17 year olds as they will be able to vote in Welsh elections for the first time.

The ballots will be counted on Friday (May 7) with results expected to come in from the afternoon.

Polling stations opened at 7am and will close at 10pm.

All those who vote will be required to stick to Covid-19 safety measures including wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing.

Clean pencils will be available but voters can bring their own pen or pencil.

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