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Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme proving a success

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5 ratingMORE than two thirds of food businesses in Carmarthenshire have achieved the top rating of 5 for food hygiene standards, and more than 97% have achieved a rating of 3-5.

The good news has been reported to today’s (Jan 16) meeting of Carmarthenshire County Council’s environmental and public protection scrutiny committee.

The council has also revealed the businesses that are performing poorly and have failed to respond to a council letter asking them to confirm their plans to become broadly compliant with the rules. Two businesses have now been removed from the list after making improvements.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme was set up in November 2013 and has ratings covering the level of current compliance with food hygiene and safety procedures, including food handling, cleanliness, layout, and how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe.

There are six different food hygiene ratings: 0 to 5. A rating of 5 is the highest rating and represents a ‘very good’ level of compliance with legal requirements. Business with scores of ‘3’ (generally satisfactory) or greater are also deemed to be ‘broadly compliant’.

Those with ratings of ‘0’, ‘1’ or ‘2’ are likely to have been observed as performing poorly and would be revisited and worked with until they had achieved at least a 3 rating.

Food businesses can only be closed down if there is found to be an ‘imminent risk’ such as an infestation of vermin. Premises subject to this type of action are not awarded a score as they are deemed to be closed and therefore not trading.

Executive board member for environmental and public protection Cllr Jim Jones said: “I’m delighted that 97 per cent of food premises inspected are broadly compliant and that two thirds have achieved the top rating. This shows the generally high standards in the industry.

“However, I’m concerned that a small numbers of businesses are performing poorly and that some of them have failed to respond with information on how they intend to improve.

“We are determined to tackle the situation and to have high standards in those businesses too.”

The updated list of poorly performing businesses that have failed to respond is:

  • Check Point Filling Station, Llanwrda, 14 months since last score
  • Denham Stores, Llanelli, nine months
  • Dhaka 2 Bombay, Pembrey, two months
  • Furnace United Rugby Football Club, Furnace, 10 months
  • New Sunrise Chinese Take Away, Llwynhendy, two months
  • Number 11, Newcastle Emlyn, one month
  • Trimsaran RFC, Trimsaran, nine months
  • Webb’s FOODs, Burry Port, six months
  • Andrew & E Barker, LLanwrda, seven months
  • Bara Gwalia Bakery, Llanybydder, 10 months
  • The Curry Port, Burry Port, nine months
  • Cymru Balti, Tumble, 10 months
  • Farmers Arms, Pencader, 12 months
  • Lynn’s Catering, LLanwrda, one month
  • Mynydd Mawr Fresh Meats, Tumble, 10 months
  • New China Wok, Llanybydder, 10 months
  • Peppinos, Ponthenry, 15 months
  • PJ Snack Bar, Llanelli, 15 months
  • Pontyberem Balti Tandoori Takeaway, Pontyberem, 11 months
  • Top Taste, Carmarthen, nine months
  • White Hart Inn, Newcastle Emlyn, 11 months
  • White Lion Inn, Llanelli, 10 months

Just Desserts, Llanboidy, nine months, and Popty Bach Y Wlad, Pentre Cwrt, 15 months, have exercised a right to reply on the FSA website commenting on the particular reasons for their rating.

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New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital

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WERNDALE Hospital opens its £1millon ward extension, featuring a suite of new spacious patient en-suite rooms and additional light and airy ward space for new nurses’ stations, new technology and medical equipment, in pleasant and comfortable spaces. 

Werndale is part of Circle Health Group, the UK’s largest provider of private healthcare. The group is carrying out a £125 million redevelopment programme across its 50 hospitals in the UK.

Werndale has a strong history in the village of Bancyfelin, where is has been serving the local communities of Wales for over 32 years.

James Davies, Wales and Scarlets rugby player, from Bancyfelin, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening on Monday 1st August. His nickname “Cubby”, is reference to his brother’s nickname, “Fox”; this refers to the Fox & Hounds pub their parents ran in Bancyfelin, the village where they grew up. Staff and consultants were given the chance to view the new extension, with a small gathering to mark the occasion and celebrate all the hard work that has gone into this project over the last 12 months.

Jacky Jones, Executive Director of Werndale Hospital said: “The investment programme is an exciting opportunity to expand what we can offer to patients at Werndale. Our staff and consultants are delighted with this expansion which will allow us to meet the private healthcare needs of patients and families in Wales and will decrease waiting times which will positively impact the patient’s experience. Having the new patient rooms here increases our ward capacity by 20%, it is a great investment”.

Gaynor Llewellyn, Director of Clinical Services said: “At Werndale we are committed to continuous improvement of clinical facilities and services. We continually invest in the hospital so that we can offer our patients and consultants reassurance when they visit us for treatments”.

Werndale Hospital is seeing increased demand for its services across all specialities particularly orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology, and general surgery. Nearly 4,000 patients had surgery at Werndale Hospital, Bancyfelin during 2021 and the new investment will enable ward capacity to be increased by 25 per cent.

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M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea

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A SECTION of the M4 near Swansea was shut on Monday (Aug 8) due to a vehicle fire.

The westbound section of the motorway, between junction 47 at Penllergaer and junction 48 at Hendy closed.

Emergency services were called to the scene, and there was queuing traffic in the area.

Traffic monitoring service Inrix reported: “M4 Westbound closed, queueing traffic due to vehicle fire between J47 A48 (Penllergaer / Swansea West Services) and J48 A4138 Pontardulais Road”

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Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment

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DYFED POWYS POLICE is investigating an assault which occurred on Regalia Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire at about 12.05am, Sunday 3rd July.

The victim required hospital treatment.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the person in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the person is, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DP-20220703-011

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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