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Wrong fuel costs a mbulance service

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Ambulance serviceFIGURES released by the Wales Ambulance service have revealed that since 2012, ambulance vehicles have been misfuelled on 30 occasions.

The figures were obtained under a Freedom of Information request and shows that the misfuelling has cost the service more than £10,000.

Behind the Welsh Ambulance Service is a 700-strong fleet of vehicles, including more than 400 emergency vehicles and 300 non-emergency vehicles.

Their ultra-modern vehicles not only ensure that they can get to patients safely and quickly, but they carry all the life-saving equipment needed to treat them when we get there.

The service takes great pride in its fleet but sometimes, on rare occasions, diesel vehicles are fuelled with petrol in error.

This wastes resources and takes time to put right, which is why they’re trialling lots of new things to prevent it from happening.

Every vehicle’s fuel cap is labelled with ‘diesel’ to remind staff to use the correct fuel.

They’ve piloted three ‘anti-misfuel devices’ which prevent the wrong nozzle being inserted into the fuel filler neck – each with mixed success.

The vehicles’ manufacturer is now developing its own version which will come as standard on any new vehicle, which should make misfuelling a thing of the past.

In the past, some of the vehicles have also been fitted with an audible warning device whenever the fuel cap is opened and again, this had had varied success.

Heather Ransom, the Trust’s Head of Resources, said: “Unfortunately mistakes happen and, on occasion, our diesel-filled vehicles have been fuelled with petrol by accident.

“This is unfortunate but we have to remember that our staff are only human, and mistakes are made.

“Thankfully this problem is few and far between and whenever there has been an error, we always remind staff of their responsibilities to put the correct fuel in the vehicles.”

The Welsh Ambulance Service has invested more than £6 million in an upgrade of its fleet in the last year, and have employed four new apprentices at their in-house workshops in Bangor, Wrexham, Cardiff and Blackwood to ensure the service runs smoothly and efficiently.

For the three-year period in question, they’ve spent in the region of £18m on fuel.

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

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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.

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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 www.theuoceanproject.com

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Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in Llanelli

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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 https://barod.cymru/where-to-get-help/west-wales-services/ddas-dyfed-drug-and-alcohol-service/

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

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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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