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Medical School appoints two Honorary Professors in Pharmacy



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

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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Llandeilo gas works to begin say Wales & West Utilities



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

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



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:, by emailing 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

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Witness appeal after car is stolen and burnt out



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:, by emailing, 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

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