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Life in Prince Philip frailty team

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Frailty Support Workers (l-r): Andrew Jones, Sarah Dunne and Jason Jenkins

A TEAM of frailty specialists working at Prince Philip Hospital have given an insight into their working life as part of what is believed to be the first such dedicated team in Wales.

The hospital is leading the way in supporting patients of any age who are too frail to move, by putting together a top team of specialists to manage and care for them.

Focussing on the three key areas of hydration, nutrition and rehabilitation, the team – which has been in place since December – provides a bespoke patient-centred approach which is already having a positive impact on how long patients need to stay in hospital, with many returning home to their families sooner than before.

The team consists of Frailty Support Workers Sarah Dunne, Jason Jenkins and Andrew Jones, and is supported by Consultant Physician Dr Andrew Haden, Ward Sister Rhian Lewis, Senior Nurse Manager Mandy Brain and Ward Sister Debbie Tucker.

Dr Haden said: “Having a dedicated frailty team in place is huge for us, because the way we currently practice emergency medicine doesn’t always suit frail patients; but what we have found is that frailty patients can fall into the gaps between those different disciplines.

“You have to start getting someone on their feet in the first 24 hours or you’re looking at many extra days in hospital. We also know that many older people or frail people struggle to eat, particularly in hospital, as big meals often don’t suit patients who are ill.

“So, by having a more flexible role, where people are fed, mobilised and rehabilitated when it suits them, we can ensure that patients are managed individually, which is actually cutting down on the amount of time they need to stay in hospital.

“It’s good for morale as well – when you create a role where you see people actually getting better, you see people gaining weight and then going home, suddenly everything changes.

“The communication is much better too . From my point of view, I know that there are people who are going to know what I want to know – what can this patient do, what were they doing before they came in, how’s the nutrition going, that sort of thing.

“I believe that this should be the way forward for nursing care in the 21st Century.” Frailty support worker Jason Jenkins added: “What we’ve found is that frailty scores are improving – the lower the frailty score, the better.

“People are getting out quicker, the bed situation is improving. We have a ward of 24 but the amount of frailty patients we have can differ; some people might have chronic illnesses or lifelong disabilities which might rule out rehab factors.

“Also, you don’t have to be elderly to be frail – we’ve had patients in their 60s and younger, such as young oncology patients who have been through chemotherapy – these are the patients who need a lot of intervention, especially nutritionally.”

Andrew Jones added: “Seeing the patients getting better and seeing the figures is the most rewarding thing about the job. When you’ve got someone coming in who’s saying ‘I wish I could go out to the garden, I wish I could go out to the cafe with my family,’ and then seeing them on their feet and walking out – it makes such a difference. That’s a really good feeling.”

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Carmarthenshire Archives’ new building officially opened

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ON MONDAY, November 28, Cllr Rob Evans, Chair of Carmarthenshire County Council, unveiled a specially designed plaque to commemorate the official opening of the brand new Carmarthenshire Archives building.

The official opening was attended by year 6 pupils of Ysgol Y Dderwen, along with their Headteacher Mr Dylan Evans, who designed the plaque by compiling various artwork and sketches that are housed at the Archives.

Established in 1959, Carmarthenshire Archives is the local authority archive service for the County of Carmarthenshire and the new building is located at St Peter’s Street, Carmarthen. 

The service is home to our extensive collection of historic documents that date from the 13th century to the present day. The collection includes archives, maps, books, photographs, videos and sound recordings. It is the Archives’ mission to preserve and make its documents available for general study and research.

Admission to Carmarthenshire Archives is free and open to anyone who wishes to use the Council’s records. Most of its services are free, but we do charge for some extra services and help.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism, Cllr Gareth John commented:

“Congratulations to the pupils of Ysgol Y Dderwen, they have designed an excellent and appropriate plaque that is inspired by the treasure troves of our archives. It was wonderful to welcome them to the official opening so that they can see their work take pride of place at a building that holds great significance to us in Carmarthenshire. 

“This is a brand new and modern building that is fit to keep and protect our county’s most precious historical documents. 

“But of course, these documents are meant to be viewed and studied by school children, students, academics and anybody who has an interest in Carmarthenshire’s rich history; and this excellent facility provides the perfect space for people to come and view these treasures.”

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Llandeilo gas works to begin say Wales & West Utilities

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WALES & West Utilities will shortly begin work to upgrade gas pipes in Llandeilo.

Wales & West Utilities has liaised with Carmarthenshire County Council to plan the work and it has been agreed that work will commence after the town has celebrated the Festival of Senses.

The £123,000 investment scheme, which is essential to keep the gas flowing safely to heat and power local homes and businesses, will begin in New Road on 21 November. This section of work will be complete before Christmas and Wales & West Utilities will return to the town next year to undertake further work in the Crescent Road area. Barring any engineering difficulties, work in the town will be complete by the end of February next year.

Wales & West Utilities Adam Smith is managing this gas pipe upgrade work. He said: “Working with the Council, we have planned this work to accommodate the needs of the town.

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Llandeilo. Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it.

“We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential to make sure we keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in the area, and to make sure the gas network is fit for the future. We’ll have a team of gas engineers on site throughout the project to make sure our work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum.

“This work is essential to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and to make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.”

Our Customer Service Team is ready to take your call if you have any questions about our work. You can contact them on freephone 0800 912 2999.

Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities or Facebook.com/WWUtilities.

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we’ll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We’ll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.

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Police appeal following theft of items from Home Bargains Crosshands

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OFFICERS from Dyfed Powys Police have confirmed that they are investigating the theft of items, including a Christmas Nutcracker Ornament valued at £129.99, from the Home Bargains store in Crosshands, Carmarthenshire.

The theft occurred at about 12:40pm on Tuesday, 27th September 2022.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the people in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the people are, 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 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk 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 DPP/2006/27/09/2022/02/C

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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