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Fairy Liquid caused man’s death

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FAIRY-LIQUID_2674593bTHE DEATH of a 68-yearold man was given a narrative conclusion at the Coroner’s Court last Thursday of death by drinking Fairy Liquid. 

John Keith William Shelley, of Church Close, Begelly was one of two children born in Birmingham, and had moved to Saundersfoot in 1960. Coroner’s Officer, Jeremy Davies said: “Mr Shelley liked his own company and did not mix well with others. He was thought to suffer from childhood psychosis and in 2004 moved to Ty Bryn mental health home in Carmarthen. “While he was there he was described as non-verbal and was taking a cocktail of medication. He also had a dentistry operation to remove all his teeth and an operation on his bowels. “On Wednesday, April 13, he was discharged from Ty Bryn due to concerns regarding his age and vulnerability and was moved to a bungalow in Church Close. He was visited regularly by his brother, Martin Shelley, who had concerns about the safety at the bungalow. “At 10am on Saturday, July 13, he ingested Fairy Liquid and his condition deteriorated. An ambulance was called at 8pm and he was taken to Withybush Hospital. He was assessed at the Acute Cardiac Ward at 1am on July 14 and passed away at 7.10am on Sunday, July 14”.” Mr Shelley’s brother, Martin Shelley raised concerns with the court that he felt as though the 999 call should have been made earlier and that the bungalow he was living in was not suitable for his brother, such as the height of the fence in the garden and his access to the kitchen. Dr Baburaj, who was working with Hywel Dda Health Board as a mental health psychairtrist at the time of Mr Shelley’s death, told the court: “I was involved in the decision to move Mr Shelley to Church Close. We had plans to resettle him into a smaller place mainly because it seemed a smaller setting would be in his best interests. The two main things that could have been a risk to him would have been jumping onto the fence and falling and eating inedible things. “He was given anti-psychotic medicine and no changes were made to his medication before he was moved. The transition was discussed on January 16 and on March 12 a transition date was set. I was familiar with the home he was being moved to, but I had not been there prior to his discharge. If there was a problem with where he was staying, we would have brought him back to Ty Bryn.” Pembrokeshire Coroner, Mark Layton concluded the inquest as a narrative conclusion, where Mr John Shelley passed away due to a toxic intake of Fairy Liquid.

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Rider of a motorbike taken to hospital following collision with a car

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A COLLISION which involved a car and a motorbike on Friday afternoon (Jun 18) saw one person being transferred to hospital.

Dyfed-Powys Police have confirmed that the collision, which happened at approximately 1.17pm at Dwrbach, Scleddau, involved a white Seat Ibiza and a black Suzuki motorbike.

The Herald understands that the accident happened at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

The incident caused the road to be closed while emergency services dealt with the situation.

The rider of the motorbike was transferred to Glangwili Hospital for treatment.

A Police spokesperson said: “Dyfed-Powys Police attended a two vehicle road traffic collision which occurred in Scleddau, Fishguard early Friday afternoon, June18th 2021.

“The collision involved a white Seat Ibiza and a black Suzuki motorbike. The rider of the motorbike was taken to hospital.

“The road was closed for emergency services to deal with the collision.”

A rapid response vehicle and an ambulance were dispatched to the scene.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called to attend a road traffic collision involving a motorcycle at Dwrbach, Fishguard at 1.17pm on Friday 18 June. We sent one rapid response vehicle and one emergency ambulance. One patient was taken to Glangwili Hospital for further treatment.”

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Residents urged to be alert to Covid-19 symptoms following cluster of cases

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PUBLIC HEALTH WALES, Pembrokeshire County Council and Hywel Dda University Health Board are urging members of the public to be alert to COVID-19 symptoms following the identification of a cluster of cases in the Tenby area.

The 22 confirmed cases are linked to social and sporting events and local schools and have generated a large number of contactssince the first cases were confirmed on Saturday, 12 June. 

A number of individuals, including pupils, are currently isolating and close contacts of the positive cases continue to be traced.

From Monday 21 June to Sunday 4 July, a mobile testing unit will be available for local residents in and around Tenby to access if they have symptoms.

This is based at Salterns Car Park, Marsh Road, Tenby, SA70 8DU.  To book a test visit the UK portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or ring 119.

Residents can protect themselves and others from Coronavirus by remaining at least two metres away from everyone else, washing their hands regularly, and by wearing a face covering where required. 

The virus disperses in a well ventilated environment, so opening windows and allowing fresh air to circulate is another way to keep ourselves safe.

Residents should take up the vaccine when offered, and self-isolate and get a test if they or anyone in their household develop symptoms.

As well as the three most common symptoms of Coronavirus – a fever, a new continuous cough, or a loss/change of taste and smell – people with any of the following, wider symptoms that are persistent and/or unusual for them are also strongly encouraged to get a PCR test:

  • Mild summer cold symptoms – including sore throat, runny nose, headache
  • Flu-like symptoms, including myalgia (muscle ache or pain); excessive tiredness; persistent headache; runny nose or blocked nose; persistent sneezing; sore throat and/or hoarseness, shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Generally feeling unwell and a history of being in contact with a known COVID-19 case
  • Any new or change in symptoms following a previous negative test

If you have any of the above symptoms, even if you have been vaccinated, please stay home and book a PCR test through the UK portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or ringing 119.

When booking your PCR test, you will also be asked about your symptoms: if you have wider summer cold or flu-like symptoms as described above, rather than the classic three symptoms, choose ‘None of these symptoms’ and then choose one of the following options to enable you to complete the booking:

• My local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms or

• A GP or other healthcare professional has asked me to get a test.

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Paul Davies submits views to Health Board Consultation

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Senedd Member Paul Davies has fed his views into Hywel Dda University Health Board’s consultation, “Building a Healthier Future after Covid-19.”

In response to the Health Board’s proposals, Mr Davies has made it clear that he opposes any movements to centralise or downgrade services at Withybush hospital.

Mr Davies said, “I cannot emphasise how important this consultation is and so I’d urge everyone across Pembrokeshire to read through the Health Board’s proposals and make their views known. In my submission, I’ve made it crystal clear that the people of Pembrokeshire should not have to travel further for vital health services.

“I want to see Hywel Dda start prioritising Pembrokeshire by investing in services at Withybush hospital so that it can support people living and working across the county.

“There’s still time to feed into the consultation and have your say on the Health Board’s plans. The deadline is Monday, June 21 and you can find more information here – https://www.haveyoursay.hduhb.wales.nhs.uk/building-a-healthier-future-after-covid-19.” 

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