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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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Further childcare hub opening in Llanelli

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AN additional childcare hub has opened in Llanelli this week (w/c Monday, May 25) due to increasing demand to provide care for children of critical workers and vulnerable children.

It will be located at Ysgol Ffwrnes in Llanelli and follows the opening of an extra three hubs at Bryn Primary School in Llanelli, Model Primary School in Carmarthen and Ysgol Tycroes.

It is important that numbers are kept low at the hubs to ensure the health and safety of both the children and staff.

Parents are being reminded to keep their children at home where possible to help contain the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). However, if you are a critical worker, and your child cannot stay at home, then your childcare will be prioritised.

Parents should only apply for childcare to cover their working hours; and are also being reminded to please cancel as soon as possible if they no longer need the provision.

Please note the timetable for applications to the childcare hubs has also changed, and that applications now close at 5pm on the Wednesday of the week before.

Unfortunately, we will no longer be able to consider any applications made after deadline. Due to the significant increase in demand for places at our hubs we must make sure they are staffed sufficiently. The health and safety of both staff and pupils is vital and has to be our main priority.

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How Wales created 19 new field hospitals in less than 8 weeks…

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Across Wales the Welsh Government is supporting the NHS to create new field hospitals and rapidly increase bed capacity.
Health boards have repurposed existing buildings, including the Principality Stadium, a holiday park and even a television studio to provide an additional 6,000 beds.Field hospitals are designed to support the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic by providing extra bed capacity but they will also help normal hospital services be restarted and support social care services.Last month, the first patients were admitted to Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig at the Principality Stadium, in Cardiff.

Four to six weeks

Here is how Wales almost doubled its bed capacity in less than eight weeks…The time it has taken to nearly double hospital bed capacity in Wales, creating field hospitals across the nation.

19 field hospitals in Wales
This includes the repurposing of Bluestone Holiday Park and Parc y Scarlets in west Wales and Venue Cymru in north Wales.

1,500 beds at the Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig
Making it one of the largest field hospitals in the UK.

Five days
The length of time it took to plan Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig, which overlapped with the build phase.

3,000
The number of planning hours, involving more than 20 different disciplines, it took to plan Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig.

£166m
Welsh Government funding for the set up, construction and equipment for field hospitals in Wales.

138,000
The number of pieces of equipment have been provided to help support field hospitals, including beds, imaging equipment, syringe drivers and medicines.

Three North Wales field hospitals have the name Enfys
Meaning rainbow – the symbol of hope and thank you to the NHS during the pandemic.
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7-year-old Mattie from Pembrey takes on home Pen y Fan-tastic challenge for Action for Children

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Plucky Mattie Denman will climb the equivalent of Pen y Fan in the drive at her family home in Pembrey on Friday 22nd May to raise funds for Action for Children.

Mattie (7), has always wanted to climb the highest mountain in South Wales and is unable to currently because of the coronavirus pandemic.  As the family exercise at home every day, she decided she wanted to do the 6-mile equivalent journey there while she waits for the chance to do it for real.  Mattie chose Action for Children as her mother, Sian, works for the charity in Carmarthenshire.

Mattie said: ‘My Mammy works for Action for Children and I want to help as well because lots of families need help.  My older brother and sister help Action for Children, so I asked Mammy if I could do something. We exercise everyday walking up and down the drive and I have always wanted to climb Pen y Fan, but we have never done it.

‘Mammy said I could pretend I am walking it and people will give money to the charity. I said brilliant, that is what I am going to do and I am super excited to do it. I will use mammy’s step counter and I hope I can help children that need support especially because it is so hard for some families because of coronavirus.’

Proud mum and family support practitioner for Action for Children, Sian, added: ‘Mattie has a lovely heart and really wanted to do something and I’m very proud she chose Pen y Fan as her home challenge.  Action for Children has been going the extra mile during the coronavirus pandemic continuing to support vulnerable families through phone and video sessions as well as food and help with the basics from our Emergency Appeal Fund. 

‘It is a tremendously challenging time for our families and every bit of money will directly help those in our communities who need it most.  I hope as many people as possible will donate to Mattie’s brilliant fundraising effort, it’ll make it even more special when we finally get to climb Pen y Fan for real.’

If you want to support Mattie’s Pen y Fan challenge please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mattiesclimb

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