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‘Bed blocking’ numbers fall again

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Vaughan Gething: Thanked health and social services staff

Vaughan Gething: Thanked health
and social services staff

THE NUMBER of patients remaining in hospital when they are well enough to leave is falling, according to statistics released by the Welsh Government. The statistics for October 2015 show the total number of people experiencing a delayed transfer of care was 468. It was a fall of 1.3% compared to the previous month and is the second successive monthly fall. Delayed transfers of care, sometimes referred to as ‘bed blocking’ refer to people in NHS hospitals who are ready to move to the next stage of their care but are delayed for one or more reasons. The number of delayed transfers of care in Wales has been stable over the last four years, although the numbers do fluctuate from month to month. In total, 162 patients were delayed on acute wards, 86 in mental health facilities, and 220 on community, rehabilitation, or other wards.

More than a third (37%) of the delays were caused by health care reasons, while community care reasons accounted for 21%, selection of a care home 10% and waiting for the availability of a care home place 16%. The median length of delay was 26 days. The Welsh Government has adopted a “twin-track” approach towards investing in health and social care, which has helped to ensure people can leave hospital quickly when they are well enough. The latest figures published by the Treasury shows Wales spends £172 more per person on health and social care combined than in England. The Welsh Government believes its Intermediate Care Fund, which will next year be increased from £20m to £50m, has played a key role in supporting older and vulnerable people by helping them to maintain their independence in their own home, preventing hospital admissions and helping people leave hospital early.

Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething welcomed the news: “These latest figures show another welcome reduction in the number of delayed transfers of care” he said. “This is the second month in a row where we have seen a fall, in contrast to the trend seen in other parts of the UK. “Here in Wales we have taken a distinct approach of investing in both health and social care because many we know that people rely on both services for their care. “This includes investing millions of pounds in the Intermediate Care Fund, which plays an important role in supporting older people in their own homes; preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and reducing delays in hospital discharges. “I want to thank our health and social services staff for their continued hard work to make sure patients receive world-class healthcare and minimise delays to patient care. We will continue to work closely with health boards and local authorities to make sure people are able to leave hospital or go on to the next stage of their care as soon as they are medically fit to do so.”

However, Liberal Democrat Leader Kirsty Williams criticised the Welsh Government, saying that far too many patients were still being kept waiting: “There are still far too many patients being forced to wait weeks until they are discharged or until they are transferred to another care setting,” Ms Williams said. “Under the Welsh Labour Government, we have seen a huge reduction in the number of hospital beds. This has meant there simply aren’t enough available to meet demand. It also means we need a much greater focus on community care, with greater co-ordination between social services and health services – something the Welsh Liberal Democrats have long campaigned on. “Both patients and NHS staff deserve better than this, but the Labour Welsh Government’s poverty of ambition continues to hold our health service back.”

 

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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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