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Plaid politician raises concern over Carmarthenshire ambulance response times

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In December 2021 only 42.2% of life threatening calls arrived within eight minutes

CEFIN CAMPBELL MS, Plaid Cymru Member of the Senedd for Mid & West Wales has expressed his concerns over Ambulance provision in Carmarthenshire, after latest Welsh Government statistics show that over half of life-threatening calls have not been answered within the target time. 

The latest data unveiled today shows that in December 2021, across Wales 51.1% of emergency responses to immediately life-threatening (red) calls arrived within eight minutes. 

The Welsh Government have previously set a target for 65% of red calls (immediately life-threatening, someone is in imminent danger of death, such as a cardiac arrest) to have a response within eight minutes, however this latest data show that the Ambulance Service has not met its target for Red Call response times for a whole year and a half since July 2020. 

In the Hywel Dda Health Board area, in December 2021 only 42.2% of life threatening calls arrived within eight minutes – the worst rate across the whole of Wales’ Health Boards.  

Commenting, Cefin Campbell, Plaid Cymru Member of the Senedd for Mid & West Wales said:  “These latest figures on NHS waiting times, and particularly ambulance response times, are a cause for concern. In both November and December across the Hywel Dda Health Board area, less than half the calls for life threatening situations arrived at the scene within the required 8 minutes. 

These figures sadly reflect a growing trend I’m regularly seeing in my inbox and on the doorstep, with constituents across Carmarthenshire citing lengthy delays for an ambulance – often with devastating consequences. Whilst I am aware of the unprecedented pressures the pandemic has placed on our hardworking NHS staff and services, clearly urgent action needs to be undertaken to overcome these problems.”

Rhun ap Iorwerth MS, Plaid Cymru spokesperson for Health & Social Care added: “With more and more people being added to waiting lists every day, and delayed transfers of care – our NHS is locked into a vicious circle. We can’t speed the flow of patients through the system until that is addressed, and in the meantime, our hard working health and care staff are working around the clock to keep things moving. 

“Perhaps the most explicit manifestation of this clogged up system is delays to ambulances, while they wait to offload seriously ill patients into hospital care, but all areas are feeling immense strain. While Covid has certainly exacerbated the problems, these issues existed long before the pandemic. Consequently, this isn’t just about waiting for Covid to go – this requires long term solutions to overcome long standing problems.” 

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Hywel Dda Health Charities use donations to create a tranquil room for their staff members

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Thanks to donations, Hywel Dda Health Charities has bought comfy chairs and coffee tables for the refurbished staff room in Padarn respiratory ward at Glangwili Hospital.
Padarn Ward has moved to a new, permanent location and the staff room has been improved to make it a more relaxing area.
Lynwen Williams, Senior Operational Liaison Officer for Unscheduled Care at Glangwili Hospital, said: “The new furniture will help with staff wellbeing, making it more comfortable and inviting.
“The hospital’s League of Friends has also paid for a mural to decorate the staff room, so it is now a tranquil place.”
Nicola Llewellyn, Head of Hywel Dda Health Charities, the official charity of Hywel Dda University Health Board, added: “The support of our local communities enables us to provide services over and above what the NHS can provide in the three counties of Hywel Dda and we are extremely grateful for every donation we receive.”
If you would like to support your local NHS, please visit www.hywelddahealthcharities.org.uk

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Mae Elusennau Iechyd Hywel Dda yn defnyddio rhoddion i greu ystafell dawel ar gyfer eu haelodau staff

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Diolch i roddion, mae Elusennau Iechyd Hywel Dda wedi prynu cadeiriau cyfforddus a byrddau coffi ar gyfer yr ystafell staff wedi’i hadnewyddu yn ward anadlol Padarn yn Ysbyty Glangwili.
Mae Ward Padarn wedi symud i leoliad newydd, parhaol ac mae’r ystafell staff wedi’i gwella i’w gwneud yn ardal fwy ymlaciol.
Dywedodd Lynwen Williams, Uwch Swyddog Cyswllt Gweithredol ar gyfer Gofal Heb ei Drefnu yn Ysbyty Glangwili: “Bydd y dodrefn newydd yn helpu gyda lles staff, gan ei wneud yn fwy cyfforddus a deniadol.
“Mae Cynghrair Cyfeillion yr ysbyty hefyd wedi talu am furlun i addurno ystafell y staff, felly mae bellach yn lle tawel.”
Ychwanegodd Nicola Llewellyn, Pennaeth Elusennau Iechyd Hywel Dda, elusen swyddogol Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Hywel Dda: “Mae cefnogaeth ein cymunedau lleol yn ein galluogi i ddarparu gwasanaethau y tu hwnt i’r hyn y gall y GIG ei ddarparu yn nhair sir Hywel Dda ac rydym yn hynod ddiolchgar am bob rhodd a dderbyniwn.”
Os hoffech gefnogi eich GIG lleol, ewch i www.elusennauiechydhyweldda.org.uk

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Council end contract with Plas Y Bryn Care Home

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FOLLOWING significant concerns with its financial position and an inability to pay their staff and creditors, Carmarthenshire County Council has had to give notice on its contract to provide care with Plas Y Bryn Care Home, Cwmgwili. 

The residents at Plas Y Bryn are being supported by the council to find new homes by a dedicated team of social workers and managers.

Whilst this has come as a great disappointment to the Council, we have been providing significant financial support to ensure that the care company can meet its financial obligations and that care is not impacted. This has included bringing regular payments in advance to enable the company to pay staff salaries.

As a result, the council has had to take the difficult decision to give notice to the care company. The decision has not been taken lightly and we share the deep concerns that the people living and working in the care home will have.

There have been continued attempts to work with the operators to understand their financial position. A variety of alternative options have been considered but, unfortunately, due to the legal and financial circumstances that surround the care company, there are no viable solutions that can be found at this time.

We would like to recognise and thank the staff within Plas Y Bryn Care Home for their commitment to delivering high-quality care and highlight that the quality of care has at no point been a contributing factor to this difficult decision.

Cllr. Jane Tremlett, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Services, Carmarthenshire County Council, said:

“The welfare of the residents at Plas Y Bryn is of the utmost importance and we have acted quickly to support the care home to continue to provide excellent care of its residents.

“We are supporting residents along with their families and next of kin, during what is a very difficult and distressing situation, to find suitable and adequate accommodation for them to find new homes.

“On behalf of the council, I would like to express my gratitude to the staff at Plas Y Bryn for their invaluable work at the care home. We are also supporting them during this hard period as they continue to provide care to the residents.”

Ahead of the contract coming to an end, the council will be working with people and their families over the coming weeks to find new homes where they can receive the care and support that they require. Wherever possible, we will do our best to ensure that people are supported to move to locations of choice. Residents are also being provided with access to advocacy services to support them through this difficult time.

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