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Medical School appoints two Honorary Professors in Pharmacy

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Swansea University Medical School has appointed two key members of staff as it prepares
to launch its new pharmacy course.

Mair Davies, immediate past-Director for Wales for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, and
Dr Neil Hartman, head of nuclear medicine at Singleton Hospital, have both been given
Honorary Professor appointments ahead of the new MPharm degree beginning in 2021.
Head of Pharmacy Professor Andrew Morris said: “I am very pleased to have the support
of two such eminent individuals within the profession to help advise our course
developments.”

He emphasised that the current crisis had demonstrated the important role that pharmacists
play in the fight against Covid-19 and just why the profession is so crucial to healthcare.
“Pharmacy ensures the public has access to medicines and healthcare advice. This
has always been an important role, but it has proven critical during the pandemic.
“In future the health service in Wales will continue to place a greater emphasis on
preventing illness, on supporting people to manage their own health and wellbeing,
and on enabling people to live independently for as long as they can – the
pharmacists we will be training here in Swansea will be a crucial part of this.”
During Mair Davies’s four years as RPS Director for Wales there were considerable
developments in the profession culminating in the release of the Pharmacy: Delivering a
Healthier Wales vision document.

She said: “It is a pleasure to join Swansea University and I look forward to working
with the Pharmacy Team and wider stakeholders to help develop an innovative new
pharmacy programme.”

Dr Hartman joined Singleton in 2018 from St Bartholomew’s Hospital where he was head of
radiopharmacy. He previously held affiliate academic appointments at Cambridge University,
Queen Mary University of London and Purdue University.

Swansea Bay University Health Board radiopharmacy manufactures radiopharmaceuticals
for all the local nuclear medicine departments to ensure diagnostic services remain
uninterrupted during the pandemic.

Dr Hartman said: “I am thrilled to receive this appointment which enables me to
continue my involvement in pharmacy education and contribute to the development
of the next generation of radiopharmacists.

He added that he sees his new role as four-fold:
 To aid the new pharmacy school in establishing an exciting curriculum;
 To teach aspiring pharmacists about the design, pharmaceutics and
pharmacokinetics of diagnostic medicines in radiology and nuclear medicine;
 To recruit graduate students to aid and enhance our knowledge and application of
novel radiopharmaceuticals; and,
 To provide a facility (at the Singleton Hospital) for pharmacy students (from Swansea
University and further afield) to get shadowing experience in radiopharmacy.
Find out more about the new course by attending our next Virtual Open Day on June 20th

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Carmarthenshire towns win two prestigious awards

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CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council has congratulated two local town councils for their success in the One Voice Wales Awards.

Pembrey and Burry Port Council won the Best Community Engagement category for the multi channels of communication it has set up which enables the community to participate in any decisions the council takes. It was also recognised for the shadow forums set up in both primary and secondary schools to ensure the younger generation have a voice.

Kidwelly Town Council won the Best Devolution of Service or Asset Project category for acquiring ownership of Parc Stephens play area from Carmarthenshire County Council in 2019 as part of the asset transfer process. Since then it has increased accessibility and inclusivity for a wide age range of children and includes a sensory garden.

Carmarthen Town Council was highly commended in the Best Annual Report category.

One Voice Wales is recognised by Welsh Government as the national representative body for Community and Town Councils in Wales, providing a wide range of services to our 634 member councils representing approximately 8000 councillors.

This year’s awards ceremony has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths who is responsible for liasing with town and community councils said: “I’d like to congratulate Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council and Kidwelly Town Council on winning the awards. It just goes to show the great work being done across Carmarthenshire and more importantly how we are working with the communities to meet their needs. I’d also like to congratulate Carmarthen Town Council on the commendation.”

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Woman arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply

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AN AMMANFORD woman has been arrested on suspicion of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers were on patrol in the Glanamman area on when they saw the woman driving a silver Peugeot away from them.

They were aware that the driver had no driver’s licence, and that she was suspected of being involved in supplying class A drugs in and around Ammanford.

Additional units made their way to her home, where the car was stopped. A search of the vehicle resulted in class A drugs being found, and she was arrested.

Further searches were carried out by the response team and dog unit. Around 16g of cocaine, some amphetamine, and some cannabis were found.

A 42-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply, possession and driving offences. The vehicle was also seized.

She has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Sergeant Walters said: “This was a very swift response to information relayed by colleagues who recognised the woman and were aware that she should not have been driving.

“Ammanford Neighbourhood Policing Team, response teams and the dog unit worked closely together to achieve a positive outcome.”

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Play equipment gifted to children with disabilities

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CHILDREN with disabilities in Carmarthenshire have been gifted play equipment by the county council during the coronavirus pandemic.

Some 26 children are already making use of new play materials and outdoor equipment which are helping to maintain their health and well-being during the lockdown.

Items such as garden swing seats, paddling pools, tablets, sensory black out tents, trampolines are making a huge difference to them whilst staying at home.

It comes after funding was set aside for those identified by the council’s social workers or disability intervention staff as needing extra support, and subject to an assessment.

Anna Martin, whose son Finlay has benefited from a garden swing said: “Finlay has spent many an hour calmly swinging in the garden. It has been great for him to spend time with the family outdoors. Fin is like a ‘toddler’ and enjoys a cwtch and a nap so the fact that this turns into a bed has been a big hit! It has certainly perked him up during lockdown.”

Funds are still available and anyone who is supported by the council’s disability service can ask their support worker for an assessment.

The council’s executive board member for children’s services, Cllr Glynog Davies said: “The restrictions of the current lockdown have been a huge challenge for all families, but particularly for those with a child who is disabled or has autism. Our teams identified that for some families having extra play materials or outdoor play equipment could make a massive difference to children’s wellbeing. We established a process where staff from our specialist teams could assess if families would benefit from this type of help. We have been able to purchase and arrange delivery of a number of items so far and we’re delighted to see what a difference it has made.”

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