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ambulancenhsMEMBERS of staff at Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli have given a rare insight into what it’s really like to work at the hospital in a series of candid interviews available to watch on YouTube. The video, which was produced as part of the health board’s commitment to better-understanding the challenges its frontline staff face, also explores how staff feel about the new clinicallyled £1.4m Front of House project, which is due to be completed early in 2016. Staff were asked to give their honest views in front of the camera about the way services are currently provided, and how they felt the Front of House project would make a difference.

Among the interviewees are Dr Robin Ghosal, Clinical Lead for Prince Philip Hospital, who praised the way the project is being led by clinicians who are best-placed to understand what patients really need. He added: “What’s particularly good about it is that we have all come at it from different angles, and what is exciting is that all of our angles are aligned in the end with one aim – to provide high-quality care for patients with acute medical illnesses or with minor injuries. “The final output is something that is very exciting, dynamic, innovative, and something which can be replicated – not only in other parts of Wales, but also potentially in other parts of the UK as well, and also should maintain a high level of sustainability and excellent training for doctors and nurses.” Dr Mark Andrews, Specialist Registrar in Respiratory and General Medicine, added: “I’m excited about the new Front of House project because having worked here for the last two years, what I find is that there is often a disconnect between what happens when patients are first seen in A&E and then their subsequent evaluation and management by the medical team.

“I think there is a potential for patients to benefit by being seen firstly by the medical doctor or medical team who will be managing the patient onward, and by working together as a team from the front that will bring benefit to the patients, rather than them being seen on a triage basis in A&E and then subsequently referred on, so that what the patient actually might need gets delayed until that referral takes place.” Donna Edwards, Clinical Lead Nurse in CDU and A&E, added: “It’s a very exciting time for us both within A&E and CDU. The opportunities that have been developed for experienced A&E staff to develop further into the role of emergency nurse practitioners has been very exciting, and occasionally challenging. “Overall I for one am looking forward to the new changes.

I’m sure we will have some teething issues initially, but over time when everything is in place and functioning appropriately then it should be a lot better.” The video, which was produced by the health board’s Communications team, follows a similar initiative at Withybush Hospital, which is also available to view on YouTube. Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda University Health Board, added: “We have asked staff to be honest with us, to tell us about what is going well but also any concerns they have with the way services are currently provided, and what they feel we as a board could do better, or what they would like to see changed in the future. This is really important to us as it’s our responsibility to support the frontline to be the best it can be for our patients.” The next video will feature staff working at Bronglais Hospital, Aberyswtyth, with a focus on what it is like working in a rural hospital during the winter. The Board will visit Glangwili Hospital, in Carmarthen, and community, primary care and mental health settings during 2016 to speak to more staff.

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Those eligible for the Spring Covid-19 booster should get jabbed by end of June

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ALL those eligible for the Spring Covid-19 booster are being urged to take up their offer of the vaccine before the end of next month.

A deadline of 30 June has been introduced to ensure all those eligible for the spring booster will have a long-enough interval between this and the autumn 2022 booster, if they are also eligible.

An announcement by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) about which groups will be eligible for the autumn booster is due to be published shortly.

The JCVI has advised that people over-75, older care home residents and all those aged 12 years and over who are immunosuppressed are eligible for the spring booster.

Those who are 75 on or before 30 June, can get their booster at any point up to the deadline.

Health Minister Eluned Morgan said: “It is important we continue our very high take up levels of the vaccine to help protect us against the risk of serious illness from Covid-19. I would urge everyone who is offered a spring booster vaccination takes up the invitation.”

If someone eligible for a spring booster has had a Covid infection recently, they will need to wait 28 days from the date they tested positive before they can be vaccinated. They will still be able to get vaccinated after 30 June as part of this campaign if they have to postpone their appointment.

All those eligible for spring boosters will be invited by their health board or GP.

It is not too late for anyone who needs a primary dose (first, second or third) to be vaccinated.

Please check for local arrangements.

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Young people in Wales being failed when moving from child to adult mental health services

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MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES are failing young people when they move from child to adult services, says a mental health charity.

Mind Cymru is calling for Welsh Government to make urgent changes to improve the system.

Nia Evans, Children and Young People Manager at Mind Cymru, said: “Young people have told us that their needs, thoughts, and feelings about moving to adult services are often unheard, or ignored.

“Welsh Government must support Local Health Boards to make sure this doesn’t happen, change the way services are run and make sure our young people are being heard and properly cared for.”

Mind Cymru has published a report, in ate the result of interviews with young people about their experiences of moving from Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services – (SCAMHS) to AMHS.

They highlighted five key areas where services are failing young people:
– Poor information offered to young people, particularly on their rights
– Inconsistent use and follow through of care and treatment plans
– High thresholds for SCAMHS and AMHS referrals to be accepted
– Feeling abandoned / cut off from SCAMHS
– Age still dominates decision making process for moving from SCAMHS to AMHS

Nia Evans said: “Any one of these issues could make the process of moving from children’s services to adult services difficult for our young people. But often, more than one is happening at any one time.”

“Our young people have a right to care and support from a mental health system that has been put in place to help them recover. Action must be taken immediately to make sure support systems are robust and doing the job they were designed to do.”

Mind Cymru is asking people to email their Member of the Senedd (MS) and amplify the voices of these young people whose experiences are often unheard, and use the #SortTheSwitch hashtag on social media.

The full report is available here, including what a good move from SCAMHS to AMHS would look like for young people, and where the current system could improve.

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Average UK price of diesel hits record of more than £1.80 a litre

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LESS than two months after Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a 5p a litre cut on the average price of fuel – diesel prices have reached a record high price of 180.29p a litre.
The previous high of 179.90p was recorded on March 23rd 2022 – the day of the Spring Statement from Sunak.

In recent weeks, the UK government has tried to move away from its reliance on importing Russian oil, following President Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Worryingly for drivers of petrol cars, the price per litre is fast approaching the record levels of 167.3p per litre set on March 22nd.

This latest price rise adds another challenge to UK households, as the cost of living crisis continues to impact families across the country.

RAC fuel spokesperson Simon Williams said: “Sadly, despite the Chancellor’s 5p a litre duty cut the average price of a litre of diesel has hit a new record high at 180.29p.”

“Efforts to move away from importing Russian diesel have led to a tightening of supply and pushed up the price retailers pay for diesel.”

“While the wholesale price has eased in the last few days this is likely to be temporary, especially if the EU agrees to ban imports of Russian oil.”

“Unfortunately, drivers with diesel vehicles need to brace themselves for yet more pain at the pumps. Had Mr Sunak reduced VAT to 15% as we call on him to do instead of cutting duty by 5p, drivers of diesel vehicles would be around 2p a litre better off, or £1 for every full tank.”

“As it is, drivers are still paying 27p VAT on petrol and 29p on diesel, which is just the same as before the Spring Statement.”

“The average price of petrol is also on the rise having gone up nearly 3p a litre since the start of the month to 166.65p which means it’s less than a penny away from the all-time high of 167.30p set on 22 March.”

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