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SOSSPAN oppose hospital bed reduction

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HYWEL DDA Health Board is again revisiting its plans for the delivery of services and is in the process of having a consultation over the creation of a Major Trauma Unit in Glangwili Hospital, based on the recent additions to the hospital.

The idea is to create several Trauma Units across South Wales including the current units at Swansea and Cardiff. The new Trauma Unit in Glangwili would eventually be transferred to the proposed hospital to be built in the West near St Clears in a few years.

Cllr John Prosser said: “SOSPPAN have talked to the Health Board regarding this new initiative and have certain concerns regarding the process involved.

“It has also come to SOSPPAN’s notice that there is a move afoot to reduce the number of beds across Hywel Dda and this is something that we are opposed to as a short-sighted measure. These beds should be used for recuperation.

To discuss these points, SOSPPAN is meeting up shortly with the Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda, to ensure that the people of Llanelli are safeguarded in these new developments to improve the current situation.

We asked the Board to respond to SOSSPAN’s concerns.

Libby Ryan-Davies, Transformation Director, added: “In the longer term, the Health Board has committed through our Transformation programme to re-purposing some of our hospitals so that we can provide more step-down and recuperative care in the community, as close to patients’ homes as possible.

“Some estimates suggest that the needs of up to 40% of people who are currently in a hospital bed could be met in a community bed or their bed if services are available to support this.

“Our community and primary care strategies are to address this issue so that those who really need hospital resources can access it rapidly and can move from the hospital as soon as they no longer require that level of care.

“The strategy is also aimed at meeting the needs of those who currently have no other option but to attend hospital, even though their needs could be met in the community if services were available. We will continue to engage constructively and proactively with all local stakeholders, including SOSPPAN, as this programme develops and matures.”

The Board is also considering the use of ‘surge beds’ in the area’s existing hospitals.
To meet demand at different times of the year, hospital teams may take operational decisions to open and staff extra “surge” beds, where possible, so that the Board can be flexible at times of peak pressure.

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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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Witness appeal after car is stolen and burnt out

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating the theft of a car from a property in Lando Road, Burry Port, which was later found burnt out in Pembrey Country Park.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the theft of the blue Ssangyong Rexton, which took place sometime between 5pm on Friday, 11th November, and 9am on Saturday, 12th November, and would like to speak to anyone who may have information or CCTV or dashcam footage.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Quote reference: DP-20221112-109

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

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