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Prince Philip Hospital undergoes £1.4m transformation

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ON THURSDAY (Jan 7), Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford announced that Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli will undergo a £1.4 million transformation.

Mr Drakeford said: “I’m pleased to announce this investment, which will transform emergency care services at Prince Philip Hospital to ensure patients are seen by the right person, in the right place, first time.

“This investment will also show the people of Llanelli and the surrounding area that Prince Philip Hospital has a very bright future in providing excellent healthcare.”

The investment, which has been approved by the Welsh Government, will see Hywel Dda University Health Board re-model the hospital and as a result, more people will be treated faster and more efficiently.

The new model for unscheduled care at Prince Philip Hospital has been designed by clinical staff and has been backed by the Royal College of Physicians, Llanelli Rural District Council, Hywel Dda Community Health Council, patient groups and SOSSPAN.

Patients who arrive via an emergency ambulance or who are referred to the hospital by a GP will be taken straight into the redesigned acute medical admissions unit (AMAU) under the new model.

A resuscitation area will be created in the AMAU along with a stroke diagnosis (FAST positive) bed. The new area will also have a six-chair ambulatory care area.

‘Walk-in patients’ who arrive at what is the current front door will be triaged to be cared for by either an experienced enhanced nurse practitioner or a GP.

Patients needing the frailty service will be directed to the multidisciplinary team, while people needing mental health services will have access to acute assessment within the new department.

The Welsh Government has confirmed that the new centre will be opened at the end of May 2016.

Bernadine Rees, Chair of Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “Prince Philip Hospital has always been highly regarded, and I am delighted that the Welsh Government has allocated funding for the Front of House project.

“This represents the fulfilment of a promise to the people of Llanelli that we take their care needs very seriously, and aim to deliver a service model that is fit to meet the changing demands of healthcare in the 21st Century.

“We couldn’t have done this without developing excellent working links with local communities, and I would like to extend my deep thanks to everyone involved who has worked tirelessly to help deliver this project.”

Hywel Dda University Health Board Chief Executive Steve Moore added: “We’re delighted that the Welsh Government is investing in this exciting and innovative project at Prince Philip Hospital.

“The health board launched the project using local funding owing to the importance we have placed on it, but we are very pleased that the Welsh Government has today endorsed it in full.

“We are proud of this clinically-led scheme, which will deliver a model of care fit for the 21st century. It will focus on six different areas – acute medicine, frailty, mental health, substance misuse, minor illnesses and minor injuries – and will ensure that people who come into the hospital see the best person, delivering the best treatment, as quickly as possible.”

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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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