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WRU slammed over insurance

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Jayden Gibbons: Injured on tour.

Jayden Gibbons: Injured on tour.

A PONTHENRI mother has attacked the Welsh Rugby Union after it turned out that her son was not fully insured while on a club rugby tour.

15 year-old Jayden Gibbons was playing for Pontyberem RFC on a club tour to Ireland. In a game against Cork Dolphins he snapped his fibia and tibia in a tackle. “I tried moving my leg, and my ankle just fell to the floor,” he said.

Jayden was rushed to Cork University hospital with two club coaches in attendance. “They asked me how much pain I was in on a 1-10 scale, and I said 7, and they gave me pain relief and put a back slab on,” Jayden told us.

Even though his mother, Amanda had signed a form giving permission for the coaches to give consent to operate, she received a phone call that night saying that she had to go to Cork to sign a consent form. She left immediately and arrived in Cork early on Sunday morning. One of the club coaches had stayed with Jayden overnight. “The coaches were brilliant,” she said.

“When I got to the hospital, the consultant said that they wanted to operate, but he was sixteenth on the list, and they said it would be at least Wednesday before they could operate. Then he went down to 19th. They explained that we’d have to stay in Ireland for at least a few days after for Physiotherapy and checks, and they couldn’t put a time frame on how long we’d be there. I asked if it was possible to take him back to Wales for treatment, and the consultant gave consent and all the x-rays and medical details. They advised us to fly back.”

Meanwhile, back in Pontyberem, the club were in talks with the WRU. Before leaving, they had asked what insurance was necessary, and had been told to take out travel insurance, which everyone did. The club said that they received an email from the WRU which told them that players were insured during matches.

However, when they informed the WRU of the situation, the only response they got was that they would only pay out in cases of fatality or life-changing disability. Amanda then received a bill for the treatment that Jayden received in Ireland.

“If we had known they were only covered for fatality and disability, we’d have taken out our own insurance,” Amanda said.

“The coaches asked the WRU if we needed extra cover, and they said no, only travel insurance.”

Jayden’s leg has now been set, but he can’t walk on it for three months, and faces at least three months of recovery after the plaster is taken off.

Thankfully the club had raised money for the tour through its own fundraising activities, and they generously paid for Jayden’s treatment, as well as Amanda’s travel expenses.

“The club and the coaches have been amazing – I can’t thank them enough – but the WRU should have done this,” she pointed out.

She also thanked the hotel where Jayden stayed in Ireland, who let her stay there for free while she waited for news, and Stena Ferries, who helped transport Jayden home.

Amanda advised any club thinking about touring outside the UK to check the insurance policy thoroughly.

The Herald contacted the WRU asking for clarification on their insurance policies, but despite repeated phone calls, and emails, no one had responded at the time of going to press.

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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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