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Ambulance took over three hours to arrive

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Waiting for the emergency services: Injured Pat and Good Samaritan Paul O’Connell.

Waiting for the emergency
services: Injured Pat and Good
Samaritan Paul O’Connell.

AN ELDERLY person’s three and a quarter hour wait in agony for an ambulance has been the subject of furious comment on Facebook.
A post by Good Samaritan Paul O’Connell tells the whole story about the incident which took place on Wednesday: ‘Driving down to Penclawdd with a delivery and I see this dear 71-year-old lady on the floor groaning in agony, obviously seriously distressed, and in a great deal of pain with a clearly broken arm, and maybe hip after a nasty fall’.
Mr Connell continues: ‘So, I pull over and phone 999 and do the best I can to make her comfortable. Well, firstly I was on the phone for 10 minutes to the ‘emergency’ services, because they didn’t know where Penclawdd was, even when I gave them a them a correct postcode! But eventually they found us and an ambulance was dispatched.
‘I sat with the lady and waited, just trying to do my best to help her, keep her warm and try to calm her down and humour her, and do whatever I could to help – as anyone would do I’d like to think.
‘Hour goes by no ambulance… More and more people turning up, all ringing 999 themselves now to see what’s happening. 2 hours later… nothing.
‘3 hours later she’s still on the cold floor greatly in pain, distressed and not looking in a good way at all. Very pale, traumatised and obviously in state of shock. Finally, after 3 and a quarter agonisingly slow hours, and by this time her children were there and lots of her neighbours and friends, quite shocked and some angry at the wait this poor lady had the indignity of waiting, thankfully an ambulance arrived.
‘After a few questions to the overworked and totally overwhelmed ambulance personnel, who after today I’ve got the upmost respect for, it turns out, even though there’s an A&E hospital 11 miles away, but all the 5 (yeah 5) ambulances to serve the 380,000 people in the county and surrounding areas were ‘backed up’ waiting to offload patients because there were no free beds locally.
‘We had to wait for one to come from Carmarthen over 30 miles away, and wait that disgraceful amount of time when the guidelines state 30 minutes maximum is the target they’ve set for themselves.
‘The family of the wonderfully dignified Pat asked me to post this here, to the local paper and MP – because I was first on the scene, and made that first call…and I certainly weren’t leaving till she was safely in that ambulance. They all said they’d be doing the same tonight or tomorrow as well, because we all thought this just really wasn’t good enough, and quite frankly shockingly worrying, and a disgrace – and the people of Wales deserve to know, and should know.
‘This is not a dig at the very hard worked, totally overwhelmed ambulance personnel, and great health workers crippled by cuts, an ever expanding population and red tape. But more of a question for the Welsh assembly government and its first minister Carwyn Jones, and ironically ‘locally boy’ and Carmarthenshire born and raised minister for health and social services, Professor Mark Drakeford’.

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Llanelli: Stop notice issued for school planning application

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A CONTROVERSIAL planning application for a new 480-spaced school in Llanelli has been issued a stop notice by the Welsh Government.
Carmarthenshire County Council is proposing to build a new £9.1m school on Llanerch Fields in Llanelli and were looking to determine the planning application in the coming weeks. Welsh Government will now decide whether to call in the application or not.
The new school would accommodate 420 primary and 60 nursery pupils, set over two floors with larger classrooms with integrated IT facilities, a multi-purpose hall and specialist provision for pupils with additional learning needs.
Over recent years there has been much debate in the area on the choice of site for the new school with campaigners arguing that they support a new school, but object against Llanerch fields being built upon. Last year an attempt to get the land designated as a village green was turned down.
In 2017, Ysgol Dewi Sant as the first Welsh medium primary school to be provided by a local authority celebrated its 70th birthday.
Councillor Rob James, local member for Lliedi, stated “From day one I have raised concerns that the Council’s site choice and planning process opened the Council up to the possibility of the Welsh Government calling in the planning application. It is clear that these concerns were not misplaced and there is now a really chance that it will be. 

“As a local Councillor, a school governor and a parent, I am passionate about the need for a new school for the pupils of Ysgol Dewi Sant and it is important that local pupils get the benefits of a 21st century school.
“I will now be working with Council Officers to ensure that contingency plans are prepared in case the Welsh Government state that the planning application does not comply with national planning policy.
“I will also work with parents, pupils, residents and interested parties are able to engage with the Welsh Government during this process.”

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Third annual Burry Port Raft Race is eagerly awaited

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THE THIRD ANNUAL BURRY PORT RAFT RACE, organised by Burry Port couple, Craig and Isabel Goodman, will be held on Saturday (July 27).

The event which is held in Burry Port Harbour, raises much needed funds for both Burry Port RNLI and a children’s football academy and primary school the couple support in The Gambia.

The day launches at 12pm with stands, food stalls and children’s inflatable games and rides and these will be available until 5pm. You’ll also have a chance to meet the crews, who’ll be busy putting the final touches to their rafts.

Rafts launch at 3pm, followed by a presentation ceremony, including prizes for first raft over the line, first raft to sink and best dressed raft.

Craig said: ” A huge thank you goes to all our sponsors, including overall sponsor Dawsons, along with continued sponsorship from Celtic Couriers, Parker Plant Hire, Burns Pet Nutrition, Burry Port Co-Op, Llanelli Star, LBS Builders Merchants, Burry Port Marina, First Choice Flooring and Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council.

For any further information about the event, please contact 07825 842981.

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Compensation offered after FSCS declares Llanelli firm in default

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CONSUMERS could get back money they have lost as a result of their dealings with a failed regulated firm in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. The firm is Hayden Williams Independent Financial Services Limited formerly Assura Protect, Room 1, 7 Meadows Bridge, Parc Menter, Cross Hands, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA14 6RA.

The firm was declared in default in June 2019 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

FSCS is the UK’s statutory compensation scheme that protects customers of authorised financial services firms that carry out certain regulated activities. A declaration of default means FSCS is satisfied a firm is unable to pay claims for compensation made against it. This paves the way for customers of that firm to make a claim for compensation with FSCS.

Alex Kuczynski, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at FSCS, said: “FSCS steps in to protect consumers around the UK when authorised financial services firms go bust. This vital service, which is free to consumers, protects deposits, insurance, investments, home finance and debt management. We want anyone who believes they may be owed money as a result of their dealings with this firm to get in touch, as we may be able to help you.”

Since it began in 2001, FSCS has helped more than 4.5m people, paying out more than £26bn in compensation.

If you wish to make a claim with FSCS against Hayden Williams Independent Financial Services Limited, you may be able to do so using FSCS’s online claims service at https://claims.fscs.org.uk Or you can contact its Customer Services Team on 0800 678 1100 or 020 7741 4100

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