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No Doctor At Andrew Street Surgery

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Patients at the Andrew Street surgery in Llanelli had a shock to turn up to the surgery this morning and find that there was no doctor in attendance. The Herald arrived at 8:50 and asked the receptionist if there was a doctor in the surgery. We were told that there was only a nurse. We asked if we could speak to anyone regarding the absence of a doctor and a man who had been sitting with the patients got up and asked us to leave the premises. The Herald asked who he was and he told us that he was a security guard and that he was instructed not to allow any members of the press into the surgery. Watch our short film here. The Herald will be meeting with Mark Drakeford, the Minister for Health later today.

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  1. John Davies

    February 3, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    The way that the Health board and Rosedale Medical Group have handled the affair can only be described as shambolic. I was present at a meeting in the Leisure Centre in Llanelli last September when Dr Huw Perry & Dr Paul Williams spoke to patients of the Andrew Street Surgery. They stated that they would be taking over on the 1st October and that they would be recruiting 2 new doctors to work in Andrew Street Surgery after the retirement of Dr. Devichand. In the meantime Dr Devichand would continue to work as a locum alongside Doctors from the Rosedale Medical Group. Four months later and no doctors have been recruited and Doctors from Rosedale have only been seen in Llanelli during one week in December while Dr Devichand had a week’s holiday.

    I feel that Dr Devichand had no option but to walk out last Friday as he could see that there was no progress being made on finding a replacement for him. He was supposed to be retiring yet was still working full time. He was getting no update from the Health Board or the partners in Rosedale Medical Group.

    Happy Retirement Dr Devichand, and thank you for your support while my family were patients of yours. I know this wasn’t they way you wanted to finish and I do not blame you for walking away. Enough was enough

    John Davies

    • Janet Bouleghlimat

      March 7, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      I’m sorry to hear that this has happened. My family have been patients for over 20 years and have been extremely happy with Dr Devichand service. My son, who has a chronic health condition has just been not knowing that a new appointment system was in place. This has added to his already poor health. We have had not information from the surgery. Sadly I feel many patients will leave. Thank you Dr Devichand. …you will be missed by many.

  2. ray nelson

    May 1, 2016 at 8:44 am

    I have been so fortunate to be a patient of Dr Devichand, he has provided the best possible care over so many years.My mother and I and several members of the family were among his first patients. not only our GP but also a family friend. We can only wish him the best well earned retirement.This man has only known hard work and service and together with the nurses and reception staff will be greatly missed by my family and me. I wish them all well.

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NSPCC: Wales conference puts spotlight on domestic abuse

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PROTECTING women and children from domestic abuse was the focus of a ground-breaking conference in Wales this week (Mar 28).

Organised by Cardiff University’s Exchange Network – with support from NSPCC Cymru / Wales and Welsh Women’s Aid – the event aimed to share information on the most effective approaches to tackle all forms of violence against women, domestic abuse and support for victims – be they adults or children.

Preventing violence from happening and protecting those who fall victim to domestic abuse formed the focus of the conference, at Cardiff’s Novotel Hotel.

Representatives from Welsh Government, Relate Cymru, Barnardos and Rape and Sexual Abuse (RASA) Centre also attended.

Domestic abuse continues to be a significant reason for young people to contact Childline. In 2016/17 volunteers at the NSPCC-run helpline undertook 120 counselling sessions with children from Wales who had concerns about abuse by a partner in their own relationship.

And 241 children from Wales contacted Childline to discuss parental domestic abuse.

Some young people who witness this also experience physical abuse by their parents. This can sometimes happen when they try and intervene in the abuse taking place, with some children telling Childline they were hit by their mother or father when trying to stop a fight.

“Sometimes my dad gets in a bad mood and gets really aggressive. He says horrible things to me and my mum and it scares me. In the past he was threatening to hit my mum, when I tried to get him to calm down he slapped me instead. I feel like neither of them listen to me and they don’t understand how upset it’s all making me.” (Girl, 16-18, Wales)

Head of NSPCC Cymru / Wales, Des Mannion, told The Llanelli Herald: “Domestic abuse can have a huge impact on a child’s physical and emotional wellbeing and it’s hugely important that we share information and discuss ways to both prevent violence and protect victims.

“We all have a part to play in tackling domestic abuse and it’s important to pick up the phone if you’re concerned so that our advisers can offer guidance and get help where it’s needed.

“Stepping in early helps to change behaviours and avoid abuse escalating, and putting the child at the heart of interventions is paramount in keeping children safe and limiting long-term damage.

“It is also vital that children and young people affected by domestic abuse have access to the right kind of support to overcome the trauma of witnessing and experiencing domestic abuse.”

Any child worried about domestic abuse can call Childline on 0800 11 11. Any adult who is concerned about a child can call the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000.

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Pop-up craft stalls return to St Elli

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LLANELLI’S St Elli Shopping Centre is once again playing host to a fantastic group of pop-up craft stalls today and tomorrow (Mar 1-2).

Following on from a highly successful outing just before Christmas, the ‘Pert A Blasus Pop-Up Emporium’ will see a variety of crafters take to the Atrium to sell their handmade crafts.

A group of friends who met whilst running stalls at craft markets around South Wales, Pert A Blasus brings together a host of skill sets and backgrounds – including a former kitchen fitter and scaffolder, a former clerical assistant, and a primary school teacher.

Primary school teacher Jill Davies has been crafting most of her life as a hobby; however, seven years ago decided to launch ‘Dzines by Jill’, which sees her hand-decorate plain pieces of ceramic and household items with her own unique designs.

Jill also organises her own ‘Made it Markets’ in Neath.

Also on board with Pert A Blasus is Steve Kennedy, who is the brainchild of ‘Cut n Scroll’, where he hand cuts items from wood and enlists the help of his wife Tanya for painting and gemming; Wendy Taylor, also a primary school teacher, who completed a precious metal course at Gower College and now makes her own items for her ‘Simplicity by Silver’ stall; and Jill James who runs her ‘Pretty Cute Fairies’ stall.

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Bread and Jam for Christmas

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A young woman with Spina bifida has been left alone in an empty home with nothing but bread and jam to eat and with no cooking facilities. Jackie lives a stone’s throw from Llanelli Town Hall and yet she claims she has been abandoned by the County Council, her AM, her MP and Social Services. She faces a wait until January 10 before service providers meet to discuss her case.

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