Connect with us


Nomination for Health Board



hywllddaHYWEL DDA’S The Big Thank You has been shortlisted in the Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards 2015.
The health board say that The Big Thank You is designed to make it easier for people to thank staff members who have made a positive impact on their experience.
Using their website, patient WIFI homepages, and postcards available from hospital receptions, Hywel Dda UHB asks two simple questions:
• Who would you like to say thank you to?

• What is it that they have done that has made your experience a positive one?
Staff who are acknowledged by patients or their families then receive a personal letter from Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda UHB, to thank them for what they are doing which in turn helps to reinforce good practice. Staff can then use their letter for revalidation or other development reviews.
Anna Tee, Patient Experience Manager at Hywel Dda UHB said: “It is a huge privilege to be shortlisted for an award that recognises the importance of delivering compassionate care.
“When you work in healthcare, hearing that what you do makes a positive difference can provide a significant boost to staff. Knowing more about what you did that made that experience a positive one helps to remind us why we do what we do, and to do more of it.
“The Big Thank You is about helping our staff to receive feedback to better understand what it is that makes the experience good. By letting our staff know the good things people are saying about them we hope to make them feel good about themselves, to reinforce good practice, to create a culture of appreciation and recognition and to provide a counter balance to the negative feedback. We know that sometimes things unfortunately go wrong, but we believe that if staff hear about the good as well as the bad, it will help them to hear it differently.”
Kate Granger will be announcing the winners and presenting the awards at the Health and Innovation Expo in September. The full list of shortlisted individuals, teams and organisations is available at. Dr Granger is an award winning blogger and NHS doctor. Kate is a terminally ill cancer patient and blogs and tweets regularly about her treatment and care in the NHS.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


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

Continue Reading


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.

Continue Reading


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
Continue Reading