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Health Board confronted with patients’ concerns



Nia-Griffith-MP-photo-Sep-20121WORRIED and angry patients, including former MP Denzil Davies, crowded into Selwyn Samuel Centre on Wednesday (Jul 22), to tell representatives of the Hywel Dda Health Board how worried they are that – with a little over 2 months to go until Dr Devichand’s retirement at the end of September – there are still no plans in place for their continued care.
Patients emphasised the wonderful care given to them by Dr Devichand and their determination that future doctors should operate his system of open access, meaning patients could just turn up at surgery when they were ill, rather than having to go through complicated procedures to get appointments weeks away.
Patients made it absolutely clear to Health Board representatives Sian Marie James and Elaine Lorton that they would like to see a practice managed by the health board, and re-employing Dr Devichand for a transition period whilst new doctors were found and brought into the practice.
No such reassurance could be given.
Elaine Lorton explained that the Board had had two expressions of interest from groups of doctors wishing to take over the practice and that this solution would be likely to provide greater continuity of care, because the board is already experiencing considerable difficulties in recruiting doctors for other managed practices, and such doctors are liable to leave at any time.
Summing up patients’ views, Nia Griffith MP said: “It is clear from the views expressed here today and by the 2,000 signature petition that Dr Devichand’s patients’ preferred option is for a practice managed by the board and keeping both surgeries at Andrew St and Dafen open, but if the board draws up a contract with a group of GPs, they want to see a ‘revolutionary’ approach with open access surgeries, as well as the provision of the full range of services like blood tests at the surgery. Comprehensive and accessible front-line services are essential in catching illness early and preventing unnecessary hospital visits. They also want assurances about access to flu vaccines which will be due shortly after Dr Devichand’s retirement.”
Members of the Health Board will now be meeting on August 17 to discuss how to take matters forward.

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Global Litter Charity has announced the date of its next Welsh litter picking event



Uocean project Carmarthenshire weekend clean up taking place on Saturday 25th September 21 at Pembrey Country Park

THE UOCEAN Project, part of the Vayyu Foundation, which has set itself the target of removing 1 billion kilos of waste from the world’s oceans by 2030, will be holding its next litter collection taskforce event at Pembrey Country Park  in Carmarthenshire.

Everyone is invited to join The UOcean Project volunteers and to make a difference by collecting litter, especially plastics, which are polluting our environment and ending up in the world’s oceans.  The UOcean Project has highlighted the dramatic increase in litter from plastic bags to face masks since lockdown restrictions were lifted, making it even more important to clean-up and reduce waste pollution. 

Chris Desai, head of The UOcean Project commented. “Picking up one plastic bottle or single use face mask may not appear to be significant, but at each event we are collecting many kilos of plastic because more and more individuals are joining our litter picking teams.


The combined collections here and overseas are the only way to make a difference and start fighting back against pollution.” 

The UOcean Project organises litter pick-up teams who work across the UK, especially around coastlines, as well as internationally.  By organising volunteers into Chapters and providing them with the tools and equipment to pick up litter, they have already collected 53,000 kilos of waste which would have ended up in the seas.  

All volunteers are provided with the equipment needed to safely pick up litter so that it can be disposed of in the right way.  For more information about The UOcean Project please go to the website

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Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in Llanelli



the drugs being distributed and used in the Llanelli area at present could be extremely dangerous

Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in

POLICE are warning drug users in Llanelli to take extra care following information received that dangerous valium is circulating in the area.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “We have reasons to believe that the drugs being distributed and used in the Llanelli area at present could be extremely dangerous for anyone taking them.

“We would also appeal to drug users to seek medical attention immediately should they become unwell.

“Please share this information with anyone that you believe could come into contact with these drugs.”

To seek advice and support, visit

Please be aware that some services may operate an automated service outside office hours.

In an emergency, or if you think someone’s life is at risk, always dial 999.

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Parents warned to look out for respiratory illness in children



RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season

RESPIRATORY Syncytial Virus (RSV) is circulating amongst children and toddlers in the Hywel Dda area (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire)  

Hywel Dda UHB Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive Dr Philip Kloer said: “Because of the COVID restrictions, there have been few cases of RSV during the pandemic, but this virus has returned and in higher numbers now people are mixing more.

“RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season, and causes very few problems to the majority of children.  However, very young babies, particularly those born prematurely, and children with heart or lung conditions, can be seriously affected and it’s important that parents are aware of the actions to take.”

Parents are being encouraged to look out for symptoms of severe infection in at-risk children, including:

*a high temperature of 37.8°C or above (fever)

*a dry and persistent cough, difficulty feeding, rapid or noisy breathing (wheezing).

The best way to prevent RSV is to wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser regularly, dispose of used tissues correctly, and to keep surfaces clean and sanitised.

Most cases of bronchiolitis are not serious and clear up within 2 to 3 weeks, but you should contact your GP or call NHS 111 if:

  • You are worried about your child.
  • Your child has taken less than half their usual amount during the last two or three feeds, or they have had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more.
  • Your child has a persistent high temperature of 37.8C or above.
  • Your child seems very tired or irritable.

Dial 999 for an ambulance if:

  • your baby is having difficulty breathing
  • your baby’s tongue or lips are blue
  • there are long pauses in your baby’s breathing
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