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Health Board pays tribute to inspirational nurse leader

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A HEALTH BOARD news release has stateed that it is with great sadness that Hywel Dda confirms the recent death of Mrs Carol Cotterell, Assistant Director of Nursing based at Prince Philip Hospital, Llanelli, on December 13, 2020.

Mrs Cotterell was a much respected and admired colleague within the health board and the NHS during throughout her remarkable nursing career.

Mandy Rayani, Director of Nursing, Quality & Patient Experience said: “On behalf of the health board I offer my heartfelt condolences to Mrs Cotterell’s family at this difficult time.

“I first met Mrs Cotterell in 1988 when she was a senior nurse and over the decades she demonstrated time and time again the character, professionalism and compassion that ensured the best standards of care for patients. This ethos had a lasting impact on all who knew her and worked with her.”

“Carol’s achievements and contribution to the NHS, her colleagues and patients over many years have been outstanding and will not be forgotten. She will be particularly remembered for her dedication to healthcare, her unstinting advice and guidance to colleagues, and her involvement with the League of Friends over many years, particularly at Prince Philip Hospital and Glangwili General Hospital. As well as her many outstanding professional attainments, Mrs Cotterell was also directly involved with the recruitment and support of Filipino nurses to west Wales and her interest in their career pathway and personal support never waned.”

Maria Battle, Chair of Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “Mrs Cotterell’s reputation stretched across Wales and beyond. We send our sincerest condolences to her family and colleagues and give thanks for her dedicated and outstanding service to so many.”

Colleagues wishing to share a personal message of thanksgiving can email their message to Loved.Forever.HDD@wales.nhs.uk and they will be included in a remembrance book to be shared with Mrs Cotterell’s family. The funeral cortege will pass by Prince Philip Hospital before the funeral on the morning of Thursday 31st December. While a moment of silence is traditional on such occasions, Mrs Cotterell’s family believe that applause would be a suitable way to celebrate her life. People are respectfully reminded to maintain social distancing at all times.

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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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