A POLICE presence is providing an extra level of visibility and engagement at a Llanelli hospital.
Dyfed-Powys Police and Hywel Dda University Health Board are trialling having a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) based at Prince Philip Hospital.
The six month pilot will help the partners determine whether there is a quicker and more effective response to incidents at the hospital and reduce the number of calls to the police Communications Centre from the hospital.
PCSO Gary Payne has an office base at the hospital and carries out patrols in and around the hospital linking in with staff, patients and visitors.
Missing people, violence and theft are the most significant incidents at the hospital that PCSO Payne is already having an impact on.
PCSO Payne said: “I’ve been in post for two months and I’ve received only positive feedback from hospital staff, who say they feel safer seeing a uniformed presence. I’ve provided crime prevention advice to the hospital, which they have acted on, and I’m able to provide a quick response to incidents as they occur in the hospital.
“I’m seeing different faces every day who are visiting the hospital from all over Carmarthenshire and dealing with some difficult situations where emotions are heightened due to the stress of loved ones having health problems.
“My presence and intervention recently helped defuse a family dispute, which I’m certain would have ended in an assault had I not been there to deal with the situation. I’ve also had input in tracing a patient who tampered with his prescription in an attempt to obtain extra medication.”
Superintendent Claire Parmenter said: “Analysis of calls we receive at Dyfed-Powys Police indicated a high volume of calls received from Carmarthenshire hospitals. To provide extra support to our health partners, increase our visibility and to address the calls, we decided to trial a PCSO with a permanent base at Prince Philip Hospital. If this is deemed a success after six months consideration will be given to providing this increased service at our other hospitals.”
Director of Public Health for Hywel Dda University Health Board, Teresa Owen, added: “We’re pleased to be working with Dyfed-Powys Police to make improvements to the environment for both our patients and staff. Having PCSO Payne based at Prince Philip Hospital means our staff can concentrate on doing what they do best – providing high quality care for their patients.”
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.
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”
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: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing email@example.com 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 crimestoppers-uk.org.