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ambulancenhsMEMBERS of staff at Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli have given a rare insight into what it’s really like to work at the hospital in a series of candid interviews available to watch on YouTube. The video, which was produced as part of the health board’s commitment to better-understanding the challenges its frontline staff face, also explores how staff feel about the new clinicallyled £1.4m Front of House project, which is due to be completed early in 2016. Staff were asked to give their honest views in front of the camera about the way services are currently provided, and how they felt the Front of House project would make a difference.

Among the interviewees are Dr Robin Ghosal, Clinical Lead for Prince Philip Hospital, who praised the way the project is being led by clinicians who are best-placed to understand what patients really need. He added: “What’s particularly good about it is that we have all come at it from different angles, and what is exciting is that all of our angles are aligned in the end with one aim – to provide high-quality care for patients with acute medical illnesses or with minor injuries. “The final output is something that is very exciting, dynamic, innovative, and something which can be replicated – not only in other parts of Wales, but also potentially in other parts of the UK as well, and also should maintain a high level of sustainability and excellent training for doctors and nurses.” Dr Mark Andrews, Specialist Registrar in Respiratory and General Medicine, added: “I’m excited about the new Front of House project because having worked here for the last two years, what I find is that there is often a disconnect between what happens when patients are first seen in A&E and then their subsequent evaluation and management by the medical team.

“I think there is a potential for patients to benefit by being seen firstly by the medical doctor or medical team who will be managing the patient onward, and by working together as a team from the front that will bring benefit to the patients, rather than them being seen on a triage basis in A&E and then subsequently referred on, so that what the patient actually might need gets delayed until that referral takes place.” Donna Edwards, Clinical Lead Nurse in CDU and A&E, added: “It’s a very exciting time for us both within A&E and CDU. The opportunities that have been developed for experienced A&E staff to develop further into the role of emergency nurse practitioners has been very exciting, and occasionally challenging. “Overall I for one am looking forward to the new changes.

I’m sure we will have some teething issues initially, but over time when everything is in place and functioning appropriately then it should be a lot better.” The video, which was produced by the health board’s Communications team, follows a similar initiative at Withybush Hospital, which is also available to view on YouTube. Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda University Health Board, added: “We have asked staff to be honest with us, to tell us about what is going well but also any concerns they have with the way services are currently provided, and what they feel we as a board could do better, or what they would like to see changed in the future. This is really important to us as it’s our responsibility to support the frontline to be the best it can be for our patients.” The next video will feature staff working at Bronglais Hospital, Aberyswtyth, with a focus on what it is like working in a rural hospital during the winter. The Board will visit Glangwili Hospital, in Carmarthen, and community, primary care and mental health settings during 2016 to speak to more staff.

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Antisocial behaviour falls as police operation continues

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POLICE said that they saw a reduction in antisocial behaviour involving young people in Carmarthenshire over the weekend, following weeks of increased activity.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers proactively patrolled areas which have recently become hot spots for teenagers to gather and drink alcohol as part of an ongoing operation.

A police presence was also maintained on trains between Llanelli and Carmarthen to identify how many youngsters were travelling in the area and where they were getting off.

Sergeant Gemma Davies said: “Over the weekend we continued our work to target, deter and deal with antisocial behaviour and underage drinking in hot spots identified primarily in Llanelli and Burry Port.

“Section 34 dispersal orders had been put in place ahead of the weekend, meaning we could move on anyone likely to cause antisocial behaviour, but thankfully they were not required. This is an improvement on previous weekends when we have had to exercise these powers.

“A significant number of young people were spoken to, with the vast majority being pleasant, not under the influence of alcohol, and not causing any trouble.

“Members of the public acknowledged the high police presence, as did the young people, and this might have deterred underage drinking.

“We are very pleased to have seen the change in attitudes and behaviour this weekend.”

The force received just one call reporting youngsters gathering at Burry Port harbour, with no offences or antisocial behaviour identified by attending officers.

Of the young people spoken two over the weekend, two were found with alcohol which was seized. Follow-up antisocial behaviour letters will be issued, and home visits will take place shortly.

Groups were also reminded of the dangers of swimming near the harbour and were encouraged to take their rubbish home.

Officers on the rail network removed one drunk adult from a train.

Sgt Davies said: “I would like to thank all officers involved in the operation over the weekend, as well as the young people who made sure they stayed within the law while enjoying the weather.

“We will be out and about again next weekend and throughout the summer, making sure the area is enjoyable for all who visit.”

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Lord Lieutenant visits Mass Vaccination Centre

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Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sarah Edwards, has paid tribute to all those involved in the COVID-19 vaccination programme during a visit to the Y Ffwrness Mass Vaccination Centre in Llanelli.

During the visit on Wednesday 9th June she was joined by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Lt Col David Mathias, and the High Sheriff of Dyfed, Mr.Jonathan Gravell. They met and spoke to the centre’s vaccinators, NHS staff, security staff and volunteers.

To date, the collective efforts of mass vaccination centres, GP practices and community pharmacies in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire, have resulted in the Hywel Dda University Health Board delivering over 431,850 vaccinations. This means 266,785 of the eligible population have now received a first vaccine, and 165,056 have received both doses.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed said: “It was wonderful to see first-hand the incredible work being undertaken by the vaccinators, NHS staff and volunteers. They have played a crucial role in the success of the vaccine rollout programme. I would also pay tribute to the public for their overwhelmingly positive response to getting vaccinated.”

Maria Battle, Chair of Hywel Dda University Health Board, added: “On behalf of the health board, I was delighted to welcome Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sara Edwards, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Lt Col David Mathias, and the High Sheriff of Dyfed, Mr Jonathan Gravell. I am deeply proud of everyone involved in the vaccination programme and I’m glad they got to see for themselves the incredibly work being undertaken to help get us through this pandemic.”

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Alcohol seized and teenager arrested as police deal with antisocial behaviour

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POLICE seized large amounts of alcohol and arrested a teenager as they continued to deal with antisocial behaviour over the weekend.

Dyfed-Powys Police had proactive plans in place to deal with ongoing issues of groups of youngsters gathering in Carmarthenshire following rising reports of alcohol-related antisocial behaviour over the past two months.

Dispersal orders were in place across Llanelli and Burry Port, giving police the powers to move anyone believed to be causing a nuisance, harassment or distress out of the area.

Officers patrolling the rail network in Carmarthenshire on Saturday noticed a large amount of young people getting off the train at Ferryside, where an additional dispersal order was put in place and alcohol was seized.

Officers were also required to deal with children trespassing on the railway tracks.

Sergeant Gemma Davies said: “We had received reports of children with alcohol running across the tracks, which posed a huge danger to themselves and others, and had to be stopped as a priority.

“One boy who was detained became abusive towards officers and could not be reasoned with. Officers had no choice but to arrest him for his own safety and to prevent further offences from being committed.

“This incident goes to show that the kind of behaviour we are dealing with goes beyond groups of young people meeting to have a good time, and is putting people in highly dangerous situations.”

A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of trespassing on the railway and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

He has been released under investigation pending further enquiries by British Transport Police.

Early intervention was taken in the Trostre area of Llanelli, where officers noticed groups of children meeting on Saturday.

Sgt Davies said: “More than 60 young people were moved on from both locations and a large amount of alcohol was seized.

“Out of these groups, four notices were issued to those causing the most trouble in the Trostre area which prevented them from returning, and each of these youngsters were taken home.

“This swift action was a deterrent to other young people who were planning on joining the groups and were still travelling to the area.”

“We will continue to put plans in place each weekend and over the summer holidays to deal with antisocial behaviour, using all powers available to us to put a stop to it.”

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