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New hospital unit is a ‘partial replacement’ for A&E

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Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 14.50.23PATIENTS attending Llanelli’s Prince Philip Hospital in an emergency can expect to be treated in a brand new purpose-built unit at the back of the hospital site from this week.

But a local councillor says that this unit “is the presentation of a bitter pill with a false sugar coating”.

Dr Sian Caiach says that the A&E has been “permanently taken away and replaced by a partial service of minor injury and illness treatment and selective admissions of sick patients.”

The Acute Medical Assessment Unit (AMAU) – which is part of the health board’s £1.4m Front of House Project at Prince Philip – will officially opened its doors to patients on Wednesday 6 April, having undergone trials over the past few weeks.

A new Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) is also opening for patients via the old A&E entrance at the front of the hospital. This is run by GPs and Emergency Nurse Practitioners working together, and can treat patients with a range of problems from muscle and joint injuries to burns and scalds, minor head injuries, minor eye injuries and more.

Senior doctors and nurses in the AMAU will see patients with a wide range of problems including strokes and chest conditions. Patients go straight there if they come to hospital by ambulance or through their GP.

Patients can also be seen there who come to the MIU if they need medical care from senior doctors. If necessary the ambulance will take you straight there or your GP will tell you where you need to go.

The new AMAU features two resus bays, a fast positive stroke bed, assessment area / reception and lobby, and a six-bed monitored step-down area. It also sports a new ambulance entrance with a canopy and an AMAU reception area.

Dr Robin Ghosal, Clinical Lead for Prince Philip Hospital, said: “This is an exciting time for us. The launch of the new AMAU and MIU will modernise the way patients with acute medical illnesses or minor injuries are assessed and treated.

“What’s particularly good about the Front of House project is that we have all come at it from different angles, and what is exciting is that all of our angles are aligned in the end with one aim – to provide high-quality care for patients with acute medical illnesses or with minor injuries.

“We couldn’t have got to this point without the support of local residents, community representatives, including the Community Health Council and Rural Council, and members of lobby groups, and I would again like to thank them for their support and input.”

Speaking to The Herald on Thursday Dr Sian Caiach said: “As an Assembly candidate, local Councillor, and member of SOSPAN (the local campaign to retain medical services), I would say that this is the presentation of a bitter pill with a false sugar coating. The A&E has been permanently taken away and replaced by a partial service of minor injury and illness treatment and selective admissions of sick patients from Llanelli to the stand alone medical unit as not all medical conditions are suitable for the unit – if you call 999 in Llanelli you will most likely be taken to Glangwili but if referred by your GP with certain likely diagnoses, you may well get admitted to PPH.

“The loss of specialisms and surgical backup, now only available now at Glangwili means that it would be dangerous to admit anyone likely to require extra treatment. A full intensive care unit has also been removed from prince Philip Hospital, leaving less capacity to treat the very sick.

“It does keep the treatment of a fair number of sick people in a local hospital but the Hospital is effectively downgraded and has been slowly stripped of various services over the past two decades. This is a big smack in the face for Llanelli, the most populous town and area served by Hywel Dda University Health Board.”

Speaking to The Herald on Thursday Dr Sian Caiach said: “As an Assembly candidate, local Councillor, and member of SOSPAN (the local campaign to retain medical services), I would say that this is the presentation of a bitter pill with a false sugar coating. The A&E has been permanently taken away and replaced by a partial service of minor injury and illness treatment and selective admissions of sick patients from Llanelli to the stand alone medical unit as not all medical conditions are suitable for the unit – if you call 999 in Llanelli you will most likely be taken to Glangwili but if referred by your GP with certain likely diagnoses, you may well get admitted to PPH.

“The loss of specialisms and surgical backup, now only available now at Glangwili means that it would be dangerous to admit anyone likely to require extra treatment. A full intensive care unit has also been removed from prince Philip Hospital, leaving less capacity to treat the very sick.

“It does keep the treatment of a fair number of sick people in a local hospital but the Hospital is effectively downgraded and has been slowly stripped of various services over the past two decades. This is a big smack in the face for Llanelli, the most populous town and area served by Hywel Dda University Health Board.”

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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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