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Carmarthen cancer nurse asks ‘How much do you know about lung cancer?’

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NOVEMBER is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and Macmillan Cancer Support is encouraging people to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease.

Lung cancer is common in both men and women, with around 47,200[1] cases diagnosed every year. Smoking cigarettes is the main cause of lung cancer, but non-smokers get it too. More than four in 10 people (44%) who are diagnosed with lung cancer in the UK are aged 75 and over.

Sion Davies, Macmillan Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist at Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen, said: “Knowing what changes to look for and when to see your doctor could make a real difference. Don’t be scared if you have symptoms, get them checked.”

The most common symptoms of lung cancer are:

• A cough that lasts for three weeks or more.

• A change in a cough you have had for a long time.

• A chest infection that doesn’t get better, or having repeated chest infections.

• Feeling breathless and wheezy for no reason.

• Coughing up blood.

• A hoarse voice that lasts for three weeks or more.

• Pain in your chest or shoulder that doesn’t get better.

Other possible symptoms are:

losing weight for no obvious reason
feeling tired

Sion, who also sees patients at Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli, added: “If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to have them checked by your GP. They can be caused by other lung conditions or by smoking. But if you do have cancer, the sooner it’s found, the better.”

If you need support or just want someone to talk to about lung cancer, our specialists are available at the Macmillan Information and Support Service at Glangwili Hospital, from 9.30am to 12.30pm and from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

You can also call Macmillan Cancer Support free on 0808 808 00 00 or visit macmillan.org.uk

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More investment on Carmarthenshire’s A484 is underway

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The final stage of recovery works to repair damage caused by Storm Callum on Carmarthenshire’s A484 is underway.

A highly complex programme of phased works has already been completed in one of the worst hit areas at Cwmduad, when a landslide tragically claimed the life of a young man.

Repairs as a result of the storm have also been carried out at Bronwydd.

Some 20 miles of the A484 was affected by the extreme weather conditions in Carmarthenshire in October 2018 stretching from Carmarthen to Cenarth.

Phase two of the support works have now started at other affected areas at Henallt Bends, Pante South, Llwyfan Cerrig Station, Foelfach, Tirgwili/Rock and Fountain, Mile End, Nantclawdd, the A484/A475 junction, Gelligatti before finishing at Flatwood in Cenarth.

Works will include felling damaged trees, providing foundations for new safety barriers, stabilising embankments and installing new highway drainage chambers.

Carmarthenshire Council secured funding from Welsh Government to carry out maintenance of the highway in response to detailed inspections following the storm.

Cllr Hazel Evans, Executive Board Member for Environment, said: “This has been a very complex operation covering over 20 miles and involving a number of agencies. Whilst the safety of the public is paramount, every effort will be made to ensure these essential works are carried out with as minimal disruption as possible until they have been completed. We understand that this has had a major impact on the local community and road users, and we would like to thank them for their patience and co-operation whilst these recovery and repair works are being carried out.”

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Sunday opening for three pharmacies in Carmarthenshire

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Three pharmacies in Carmarthenshire have opened their doors to the public on a Sunday as part of a trial in the region.

Gravells in Llanelli and Nigel Williams in Llandeilo and Cross Hands will be open for members of the public who need to see a healthcare professional for treatment for common ailments and minor injuries.

This trial is to support the GP out of hours service by encouraging patients to access the pharmacy as the first point of call.

The well-established Triage and Treat provision is already available in the pharmacies through the week and on Saturdays.

The types of low level injuries that can be treated under Triage and Treat service are minor abrasions, superficial cuts and wounds, eye complaints such as sand in the eye, removal of items from the skin such as a splinter or shell and minor burns including sunburn. If the injury is too serious to be treated in the pharmacy, patients will be given advice about where to go.

Depending on which pharmacist is covering they are also offering Sore Throat Test and Treat; this is a new scheme which allows patients to call into their local pharmacy and be tested by a trained pharmacist using a quick and pain free test.

Following a consultation and assessment by the pharmacist, medication may be supplied for those patients where an antibiotic is required.

In many cases, a sore throat is the result of a viral rather than bacterial infection which means antibiotics will not work, and self-care and rest are the best course of action.

The pharmacies will also be able to help with providing emergency contraception and emergency supplies of medication as well as offering advice and treatment for common ailments.

The participating pharmacies are:

• Gravells Pharmacy, Off Thomas Street, Llanelli – open 10am – 1pm

• Nigel Williams Pharmacy, 109 Rhosmaen Street, Llandeilo – open 12pm -2pm

• Nigel Williams Pharmacy, Isfryn, Carmarthen Road, Cross Hands – open 3pm – 5pm

Pharmacist James Throne of Gravells Pharmacy said: “We’re pleased to be able to open on a Sunday morning to offer a range of services to patients who otherwise may have travelled to a hospital for treatment.”

Jill Paterson, Director of Primary Care, Community and Long-term Care for Hywel Dda University Health Board said: “The Health Board is delighted that we continue to expand the range of Services we are able to offer patients locally.

“Our Community Pharmacies are providing an increasing number of enhanced Services which enable patients and the public to seek assistance without having to attend a hospital or GP practice.

“We believe that providing these Services on a Sunday on a trial basis, will increase the local advice and support available to patients during the weekend period.”

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Man arrested for illegal burning of waste

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A man has been arrested in connection with the illegal burning of waste in the Llanelli area, following an investigation by Natural Resources Wales officers.

Smoke from the burning waste has caused concern for people living in the vicinity.

NRW is working with its partner agencies, Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Carmarthenshire County Council and Dyfed-Powys Police to tackle waste crime across the county and has appealed to the public for help.

Pippa Sabine, Tackling Waste Crime officer for NRW, said:

“If an offer seems too good to be true then beware, it is highly likely that the carrier is operating illegally and dumping waste where it will harm the local community and the environment.

“On average a legitimate waste carrier charges around £52 to remove a car boot sized bundle of waste while a van load would cost £166 and an average skip load around £230.

“If you are being charged less then ask if they are a registered waste carrier and check our public register.

“Please report any suspicious or illegal activity to the NRW incident hotline on 0300 065 3000.”

The Arson Reduction Team, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service have assisted NRW and Dyfed Powys Police as part of this operation.

Arson Reduction Team Police Sergeant Marc Davies said:

“Protecting our communities is a key priority for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

“The illegal dumping and burning of waste causes a serious nuisance to the surrounding community and whilst fire crews are dealing with these incidents, they are unable to attend other emergency calls.

“It is vital that we work closely with our partners in tackling this crime and support them with their investigations and enforcement.”

Sergeant Gemma Davies from Llwynhendy Neighbourhood Policing Team added:

“We rely on our community to share information with us to target and tackle crimes of this nature.

“By working with partner agencies, we can effectively deal with offences, keep our communities safe from harm from such offences and reduce demand placed on front line policing.”

The public can contact 101 to provide information or report offences or can do so anonymously through Crimestoppers.

To check the NRW public register visit https://naturalresourceswales.gov.uk/permits-and-permissions/check-for-a-permit-licence-or-exemption/?lang=en

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