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Investment announced at Prince Philip

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We need a clear long term plan for our hospital: Helen Mary Jones

A £1.4 M investment to re-develop emergency care services at Llanelli’s Prince Philip Hospital has been approved by the Welsh Government, Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford announced on Thursday, January 7.

The investment will allow Hywel Dda University Health Board to re-model the hospital to implement the new model for emergency care, which will see people being treated more quickly, by the right person, first time. Under the new model, patients who arrive via a 999 emergency ambulance or who are referred to the hospital by a GP will be taken straight into the redesigned acute medical admissions unit (AMAU). A resuscitation area will be created in the AMAU along with a stroke diagnosis (FAST positive) bed. This 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 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. The new centre will be opened at the end of May 2016. Mark 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.”

Hywel Dda University Health Board Chief Executive Steve Moore said: “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 possibly.” Helen Mary Jones, Plaid Cymru Assembly Candidate for Llanelli said: “We welcome investment, but it’s unfortunate that it is long overdue. Although this isn’t a substitute for a full A&E service. I recognise that residents across Llanelli need access to a fully-fledged doctor-led emergency service which is on their doorsteps.

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    Stephen Hughes

    January 28, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but ‘approved by the Welsh government’ and a quote from Helen Mary Jones hardly go hand in hand. Where’s the mention for Nia Griffith MP and Keith Davies AM who have worked effortlessly to resolve this crisis in PPH after A&E was taken away from the site. This was a local initiative, taken up and solved by Welsh Labour as a result of this being a Labour seat both in Westminster and Cardiff Bay. It’s pretty clear to me where the Heralds political endorsement lies; ignorance to the hard work of our elected representatives and yet more space for the opposition party to take the spoils. I find this papers lack of Labour media coverage an outrage. Political opinion Is fine, absolutely, but political ignorance makes us no better than the Tory’s. Diolch.

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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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