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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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    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

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      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.

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    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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Scarlets’ grassroots clubs show community spirit in delivering vital food packages

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Scarlets community clubs have been working together to help deliver vital food packages across the region.


Volunteers from grassroots clubs and WRU girls hubs across Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire have been helping take the food packages to vulnerable members of society who are self-isolating during the Covid-19 pandemic.


The clubs have teamed up with the Scarlets Community Foundation — the charity arm of the Scarlets — and Carmarthen-based food wholesaler Castell Howell, while Scarlets players Osian Knott, Kieran Hardy, Ryan Conbeer and Jac Morgan have also lent their hand to the operation.


More than 300 packages were due to be delivered on Monday and Tuesday (April 6 & April 7), with the initiative highlighting that even without any action on the field, rugby clubs remain at the heart of their community.
Scarlets Community Foundation manager Caroline Newman said:  “We have been overwhelmed with the support that we have received from local clubs, the number of people prepared to volunteer to help the most vulnerable in our communities has been touching.


“People’s reasons for requesting packs have often been heart-wrenching and it really has made us appreciate what we have.


“The foundation has worked closely with Castell Howell to make sure the packages are ready to go to those whose need is greatest, managing to turn things around pretty quickly and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in making this happen, our funder, Castell Howell, all the clubs, our helpline volunteer and the foundation members.
“Great teamwork which has made me proud to be part of the fantastic community that rugby creates.”

Here are the rugby clubs and WRU girls rugby hubs taking part in the initiative

Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Amman Utd, Ammanford, Burry Port, Betws, Bynea, Cardigan, Cefneithin, Felinfoel, Fishguard & Goodwick, Furnace Utd, Haverfordwest, Kidwelly, Llandeilo, Llandovery, Llandybie, Llanelli Wanderers, Llangennech, Llangwm, Merched Mynydd Mawr, Milford Haven, Narberth, New Dock Stars, Newcastle Emlyn, Neyland, Penybanc, Pontyates, St Clears, Stradey Sospans, Tenby Utd, Tumble, Tycroes, Whitland, Yr Hendy.

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Dumped rubbish cost Llanelli man hundreds of pounds

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A Llanelli man has been ordered to pay over £600 after his household waste was found dumped in a quarry in Llwynhendy.

Robin Adam Collins of Pottery St, Llanelli, admitted failing to ensure his waste was deposited legally when he appeared at Llanelli Magistrates Court.

The court heard that Carmarthenshire County Council enforcement officers visited Genwen Quarry following a complaint from the public of waste being dumped there.

Officers found a large pile of household waste including black and blue bags, plastic and cardboard.

After recovering items, the rubbish was traced back to a property in Pottery Street.

When officers visited the property the 43-year-old admitted the waste had belonged to him and his partner but claimed that he had paid a man named Alex who he found on Facebook to take his rubbish away. Collins was unable to provide any further information as to the identity of the person who he claimed had transported his waste. He was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN). After failing to pay Carmarthenshire Council took the matter to court.

Collins was fined £120 and was ordered to pay £458.36. He must also pay £32 victim surcharge.

Carmarthenshire Council’s Executive Board Member for Public Protection, Philip Hughes said: “Every householder has a responsibility to ensure their waste is disposed of in the proper manner. It is also their responsibility to ensure that whoever they choose to engage the services of to remove any waste is a licenced waste carrier. If not, and your waste is found dumped then we will not hesitate to take action and if necessary go to court.”

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Commissioner proud of ‘Seaside Kicks’ project

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POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn proud of new youth initiative in Llanelli area – Seaside Kicks.

Following funding from the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, a new youth initiative has been set up in partnership with Swansea City Football Club Community Trust. Seaside Kicks was launched in Llanelli in January 2020 to engage the youth of the Glanymor and Tyisha area in positive activities.

Having only begun in January, already more than 150 young people in the area participate on a weekly basis. They take part in various practical activities with the Seaside Kicks, such as football coaching sessions, as well as informal sessions that addressing crime issues.

Whilst visiting one of the sessions that are being held on Ysgol Penrhos’ 3G field, Llanelli on 25 February 2020, Dafydd Llywelyn said “I am privileged to be here to see for myself the positive influence an initiative such as Seaside Kicks is having on the youth here, and the wider community. As a sports enthusiast, and having played football at many levels in my youth, I am fully aware of the influence that sport and exercise have on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities in general.”

The initiative is run through the English Premier League’s ‘Kicks’ national program, and is delivered locally by Swansea City Football Club Community Trust. The program aims to use football and sport in general to inspire youth living in deprived areas.

Craig Richards from the Swansea City FC Community Trust, said “Premier League Kicks provides free weekly football sessions and educational workshops to young people, giving them opportunities, support and pathways to reach their full potential and divert them away from crime or criminals. It was a pleasure to welcome the Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn to Seaside Kicks session to see so many young people having great fun in a safe environment”.

Sean Rees, Llanelli Town Councillor for the Glanymor Ward added, “We were delighted to welcome the Commissioner to ‘Seaside Kicks’ whose funding has helped to make this happen.  This is partnership work at its best.  It is a pleasure to link up with the Swansea City Football Community Trust, Police and Crime Commissioner, our PCs and PCSO’s, Ysgol PenRhos, Seaside AFC, Llanelli Town Council and the Community Safety Partnership in bringing forward such an exciting project.

“My thanks go to all the young people who are really enjoying and their parents who continue to turn out in such great numbers to support these sessions. 

“Given its overwhelming success, the next step now should be to make ‘Kicks’ a permanent project in Glanymor Community.”

The investment in Seaside Kicks is part of a wider investment by the Commissioner in the Glanymor and Tyisha areas. Both areas have been identified as some of the most deprived areas in Wales. The Commissioner has allocated funds of £50,000 towards community projects and initiatives in these areas.

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