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Llanelli couple walk for Bowel Cancer UK

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A HUSBAND and wife from Llanelli are joining Walk Together in Cardiff on Saturday 28 September to raise funds for Bowel Cancer UK.

Paul James, (57 years old) and his wife, Sian-Marie, will be taking part in the walk because he was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016. He is now determined to make more people aware of the disease and raise much needed funds for the cause.

Paul said: “I’d really like to make a difference and anything I can do to raise funds for the life-saving work of Bowel Cancer UK has to be a good thing. I was very lucky to receive such excellent care and support from the colo-rectal team at my local hospital. In addition to this, I turned to Bowel Cancer UK as a source of information at the time and urge everyone to look out for, and act on, any unusual symptoms they notice, such as bleeding or a change in bowel habits.”

The charity has organised a five-mile sponsored walk along the beautiful Cardiff Bay, walkers will have the chance to soak up the scenery of the barrage with spectacular views of the Bristol Channel. It’s a perfect opportunity to bring people together to show support for those undergoing treatment, remember loved ones and raise funds to help stop people dying of bowel cancer.

Donations can be made to: justgiving.com/fundraising/sian-james9

Wales Fundraising Manager for Bowel Cancer UK, Michael Locke, said: “We are thrilled to have Paul and his wife Sian-Marie taking part in Walk Together and raising funds for the charity. For us at Bowel Cancer UK, this means we can continue with our vital work of saving lives, enabling research and improving the quality of life of everyone affected by bowel cancer.

“Walk Together is for all ages and abilities and you can walk with friends, family and colleagues, or invite your local community to join you.”

Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in Wales and the second biggest cancer killer. Every year more than 2,200 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer and over 900 people die from the disease. However it’s treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early.

To sign up to Walk Together in Cardiff or receive a fundraising pack with everything you need to hold your own memorable walk, visit: bowelcanceruk.org.uk/walktogether

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Statement regarding decision to close Mariners Surgery

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HYWEL DDA University Health Board has confirmed that Meddyygfa Minafon is to close their branch surgery, Mariners Surgery, from 31 Dec 201 owing to the need to bring together services for the whole practice population in Meddygfa Minafon and Trimsaran Surgery.  

Over the past four years, the Health Board sought the views of patients, the Community Health Council and other stakeholders on the proposed closure, and held a well-attended drop-in event in Ferryside in which patients spoke about the impact of any closure, including concerns about travel and transport and access to GP appointments. The Health Board has written to all affected patients this to explain the decision and to keep them updated on further developments.
Jill Paterson, Director of Primary Care for Hywel Dda University Health Board said: “As a Health Board we recognise that the decision to close Mariners Surgery will be very disappointing for many patients. Unfortunately this branch surgery has been without a GP service since 2016 with patients travelling to nearby Meddygfa Minafon in Kidwelly for GP appointments and nurse-led chronic disease clinics.
“Following a review of how services are used by patients at the surgery, services at Mariners Surgery are being relocated to Minafon and Trimsaran Surgeries to sit within the multi-disciplinary teams led by the GPs to ensure that patients see the most appropriate professional for their needs, such as a Pharmacist or Physiotherapist. We have listened to patients’ concerns about the services at Ferryside and are working with Ferryside Social Enterprise Group to continue the weekly phlebotomy clinics at Calon-y-Fferi and a Social Prescriber will be holding regular clinics, also in Calon-y-Fferi. 
“We would like to thank all those patients and local stakeholders who engaged with this exercise and shared their views, including by online petition. Several challenging issues emerged from this and the Health Board will continue to work positively and proactively with the community to identify and support opportunities to deliver services locally from Meddygfa Minafon and the local Community Pharmacy.”

Patients who wish to speak someone regarding any concerns they might have can do so by contacting 0300 0200 159.
Patients are reminded that services are also available through local community pharmacies who offer a range of expert services. 
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Our election prediction: No change for west Wales, same MPs will be elected

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COUNTING of ballots is underway at the Pavillion at the Pembrokeshire County Showground, Haverfordwest and in Llanelli at the Selwyn Samuel Centre.

Exit polls from the BBC and Sky News predict a Conservative majority of over eighty seats, with Labour predicted to slip as low as 191 MPs, come the end of tonight’s count

We’re live throughout the night from the County Showground, Haverfordwest, and the Selwyn Samuel Centre, Llanelli, to bring you rolling coverage and news as it unfolds for Preseli Pembrokeshire, Llanelli, Carmarthen East & Dinefwr, and Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire.

We are predicting the following results:

Preseli Pembrokeshire – Stephen Crabb, Conservative, Hold
Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire – Simon Hart, Conservative, Hold
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr – Jonathan Edwards, Plaid Cymru, Hold
Llanelli – Nia Griffith, Labour, Hold
Ceredigion – Ben Lake, Plaid Cymru, Hold

Effectively, we predict no change in members of parliament for any of the constituencies in west Wales.

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Head of volunteer police sacked for gross misconduct

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE’S Head of Volunteer Police has been sacked following a disciplinary hearing.

The police said in a statement: “Following a thorough and swift investigation into two allegations made about his conduct, Dyfed-Powys Police’s Special Chief Officer Cairn Newton-Evans has this morning faced a public disciplinary hearing.

“On 28 November SCO Newton-Evans was served with a conditional caution for sexual assault and tendered his resignation from the post of Chief Officer for Dyfed-Powys Special Constabulary.

“Chief Constable Mark Collins instigated a fast track disciplinary process and a public misconduct hearing was heard on Thursday (Dec 12).

“The hearing, chaired by Mr Collins, found that gross misconduct was proven and the decision was made to dismiss SCO Newton-Evans. It was also ruled that his name be added to the College of Policing barred list, preventing him from working in law enforcement in the future.”

Chief Constable Mark Collins, told The Herald: “Cairn has given his time to Dyfed-Powys Police for many years and I am grateful for the work he has done. However, as an organisation we will always strive to uphold standards of ethical and professional behaviour and where a representative of the force has done wrong, we will investigate and utilise the powers available to us, to ensure we maintain a workforce that continues to reflect the values by which we stand.

“We will always listen to victims of crime and will act on what they tell us, conducting thorough investigations and acting upon those findings to ensure justice is delivered and is seen to be delivered.”

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