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New way to access mental health and wellbeing support launched in Hywel Dda



A SINGLE point of contact for well-being and mental health for people living in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire launches today (Monday 20 June).

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the first health board in Wales to launch a dedicated mental health advice service, offering support for all age groups through the established 111 call line. From today people will be able to access the service by phoning 111 and selecting option 2 where they will be put through to a mental health practitioner.

The service will be accessible 7 days a week from 9.00am through to 11.30pm, with plans in place to move to a 24/7 operating hours later in the year.

Deputy Minister for Mental Health, Lynne Neagle, said: “This new service will improve access for urgent mental health support and todays launch at Hywel Dda marks the start of the all Wales roll-out.

“We have provided £6m in government funding to support health boards to implement this key service which will be accessed via 111 and press 2 for mental health. Our aim is for 24/7 coverage across all of Wales by the end of the year.”

Andrew Carruthers, Director of Operations for Hywel Dda University Health Board: “When we began the Transforming Mental Health journey we had a clear ambition to move away from a traditional service model to redesigning services for the benefit of local people.

“The development of a single point of access has remained a priority for the health board and provides a foundation for future mental health services which are patient centred, responsive, and accessible.

“I’m incredibly proud that we are the first health board in Wales to go live with this service. It’s truly been a team effort and I’d like to thank everyone involved.”

Liz Carroll, Director Mental Health & Learning Disabilities, Hywel Dda University Health Board commented: “We really welcome the opportunity to be the first health board in Wales to go live with the Mental Health 111 service.

“We are pleased to say that we have had a really enthusiastic response from our staff and our key stakeholders in the development of this.

“This service will enable our population to access a single point of contact that can be used by those who want to seek information from themselves or loved ones in relation to mental health concerns or queries.

“Importantly those are operating the service will have the ability to assist in directing individuals to those services that best meet their requirements providing timely access.”

Superintendent Ross Evans, Dyfed-Powys Police lead for Mental Health added: “We welcome this new service and acknowledge the work of Hywel Dda UHB, Welsh Government and key stakeholders in achieving this milestone.

“All of our control room staff have received additional mental health training in readiness and we will continue to work closely with health colleagues who are delivering the service.

“Our collective focus continues to be on ensuring swift access to the best and most appropriate services.”

This service forms part of the National Six Goals for Urgent and Emergency Care Programme aimed at “right care in the right place first time” principle, and has been designed from looking at best practice models in Scotland and England as well as learning from key local stakeholders including service users, staff, West Wales Action for Mental Health and the Community Health Council.

The need for a single point of contact was highlighted as part of the health board’s public consultation on Transforming Mental Health Services in 2017.

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Tenby mass vaccination centre temporarily closed due to Long Course Weekend



TENBY’S mass vaccination centre will be temporarily closed on Saturday 2 July and Sunday 3 July due to the Long Course Weekend.

The vaccination centre, located at Tenby Leisure Centre, SA70 8EJ, will be open Friday 1 July between 10am and 7.30pm for drop-ins.

Other locations are open over the weekend, including Haverfordwest’s mass vaccination centre at the Pembrokeshire Archives (SA61 2PE) which is open for drop-ins between 10:00am and 3:00pm on Saturday 2 July and between 10:00am – 7:30pm on Sunday 3 July.

Tenby mass vaccination centre will continue to operate its regular opening hours of Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 10:00am – 7.30pm the following weekend. Thank you for your understanding.

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Reminder for people to get their spring booster in Wales



PEOPLE eligible for the spring COVID-19 booster are being urged to get vaccinated before the cut-off date of Thursday 30 June.

Since late March, people aged 75 and over, care home residents, and anyone aged 12 or over who is immunosuppressed have been able to get their spring booster to increase their level of protection against COVID-19.

By taking up the offer of a spring booster now, this allows a sufficient interval between doses, if they are deemed eligible by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) for an autumn 2022 booster.

If someone eligible for a spring booster has had a COVID-19 infection recently, they will need to wait 28 days (4 weeks) from the date they tested positive before they can be vaccinated. They will still be able to get vaccinated after 30 June if they have to postpone their appointment.

Health Minister Eluned Morgan said:

“Our high vaccination rates are really encouraging and every vaccination helps people to maintain high levels of protection from COVID-19.

“If you have been offered a spring booster vaccination then please make the effort to arrange your appointment before the 30 June cut-off and continue to keep Wales safe.”

Parents and guardians are also encouraged to check when their children aged 5 to 11 are due their next vaccination.

If a child has recently had COVID-19 when they were offered their vaccination in the early spring, they will be able to be vaccinated after 12 weeks.

Any child who has had their first dose, is encouraged to take up the offer of their second dose before the start of the autumn school term.

We are also encouraging students to complete their full course of two doses before returning to university and college in September to make sure they are as protected as possible.

Check your local health board for full details of how to get vaccinated –

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Drugs warning: Two hospitalised after taking antidepressant Amitriptyline 



POLICE OFFICERS in Haverfordwest are warning that taking prescription drugs not prescribed to you can be dangerous after two youths needed medical attention.

The youths, from the Haverfordwest area, were taken to hospital overnight, Friday 24th June and  Saturday 25th June, after taking a prescribed drug, believed to be Amitriptyline.

Police are urging anyone who has been offered the medication not to take it as the side effects could be serious.

Inspector Reuben Palin said: “We are aware of youths using prescription drugs not prescribed to them. We believe the youths had been in each other’s company. Like all drug abuse, using prescription drugs for the wrong reasons has serious risks for a person’s health.

“We would appeal to anyone who becomes unwell to seek medical attention immediately.

“Please share this information with anyone that you believe could come into contact with these drugs.”

To seek advice and support, visit Please be aware that some services may operate an automated service outside office hours.

In an emergency, or if you think someone’s life is at risk, always dial 999.

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