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Health partnership awarded permanent contract



Elaine Lorton, Assistant Director of Primary Care at Hywel Dda UHB

Elaine Lorton, Assistant Director
of Primary Care at Hywel Dda

HYWEL DDA UNIVERSITY HEALTH BOARD and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board have announced that a permanent General Medical Services (GMS) contract has been awarded to the Amman Tawe Partnership, securing GP services for patients formerly served by the Amman Valley Medical Practice.

This will mean no change for patients or the services that they access in the areas of Garnant, Gwaun Cae Gurwen, Brynamman, Cwmlynfell and Ystralyfera, as the Amman Tawe Partnership has been the temporary contract holder for this population since July 2014 and has been providing services across both Health Board areas. Patients will be able to access their services from whichever site is most convenient.

The Amman Tawe partnership will, formally from Monday, June 1, be responsible for providing general medical services to approximately 12,000 people; accountable to ABMU Health Board for approximately 8,000 Neath Port Talbot residents and to Hywel Dda UHB for approximately 4,000 Carmarthenshire residents.

Elaine Lorton, Assistant Director of Primary Care at Hywel Dda UHB said: “Following an open tender process earlier this year we are pleased that the Amman Tawe Partnership will continue as the providers of general medical services across both Health Board areas. We’d like to thank patients, staff and members of the community who over the past year have been an integral part of this process providing feedback and attending local meetings.”

The Amman Tawe partnership was the only applicant for the two contracts and demonstrated a clear vision and plan for the provision of safe, high quality and integrated primary care services, in line with both University Health Boards’ aim to provide more care in the community closer to people’s homes.

Lindsay Davies, Head of Primary Care and Planning for ABMU Health Board’s Neath Port Talbot Locality, said: “We are very pleased that, particularly after a period of uncertainty, the people in these villages can be confident that their primary care services are secure and now in a position to improve further, with both Health Boards also committed to minimising any cross-border-related anomalies in access to hospital services.”

Dr Duncan Williams, GP with the Amman Tawe Partnership, said: “On behalf of the Amman Tawe Partnership I wish to say thank to our patients for their patience, support and encouragement in the last several months, thank you to our staff for all their hard work and loyalty during what has been a very prolonged phase of job insecurity and anxiety. We are delighted and privileged to continue to discharge the responsibility for primary medical General Practice to our registered population and look forward to continuing to provide and develop services with our partner health boards and colleagues in all the communities we serve. We look forward to developing integrated services with local authority care staff and the third sector as well as building on existing relationships with community and district health services colleagues – there are many challenges ahead – we look forward to meeting them in partnership, optimism and hope.”

Letters have been sent to all households currently registered at surgeries managed by the Amman Tawe Partnership informing them of this development.

Additionally, following the success of the previous Meet Your GP sessions, events for Garnant, Gwaun Cae Gurwen and Brynamman patients will be announced shortly.

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New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital



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



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



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:, by emailing 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

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