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Relieving pressure on hospital site: 40 more parking spaces are planned

Relieving pressure on hospital site: 40 more parking spaces are planned

SEVERAL changes will be made to parking services at Glangwili Hospital to make it easier and safer for patients to get into hospital.

Hywel Dda University Health Board, at the latest full health board meeting on Thursday, agreed to support a number of measures to relieve pressure on the Carmarthen hospital site, whilst a bigger solution is developed. This will include:

  • creating 40 additional staff parking spaces opposite the laundry department
  • creating more spaces as part of any capital project at the site (for example spaces are planned as part of the Phase Two Women and Children’s project)
  • further promotion of the park and ride scheme at Nantyci Showground for staff and appropriate patients and visitors to increase its use
  • restricting parking outside the Outpatient’s Department to patients and visitors only from 1 March 2016 (to allow for signage and staff awareness)
  • removing named parking spaces for consultants and instead creating a reduced number of reserved spaces to protect the ability of medical staff attending for clinics to be on time for their patients (please note Executive named spaces at the headquarters in St David’s Park, Carmarthen, were removed two months ago)
  • improve signage on the site
  • improve communication with patients and staff over transport issues, including providing information on appointment letters

Board members asked that in addition to the measurers highlighted above, a bigger impact solution was investigated by staff in liaison with interested parties, including members of the community who have made suggestions over a multistory car park.

They said it was unacceptable for the current situation to continue as it was a risk to safety as well as stressful for individual patients.

A report discussed in the meeting confirmed an audit and survey of people parking at the site had revealed at any one time up to 127 staff cars are parked in patient spaces, that 51 per cent of patients have experienced being late for appointments and 22 per cent had not attended appointments as a result.

Chairman Bernardine Rees OBE said: “This is a really significant problem for the Board and one which we have received complaints on and which is consistently discussed in our public engagement events. There are some significant costs to accommodate more spaces on the site but with a limited footprint and multiple pressures, we have to take any action we can to minimise parking problems. It makes no sense to be delivering excellent healthcare if we can’t help people get through the door on time. Missed appointments are costly to both the individual, as well as the health service at large.

“I therefore, support these measures but we need to do more work to outline a bigger impact solution for our patients. We need to consider a number of options, from multi-storey car park to reviewing the clinical strategy for Glangwili Hospital as whilst we have put new services in, we haven’t as yet taken anything out. I would also like our stakeholders and public, including those who instigated a petition calling on a multi-storey car park, to be involved in this work.”

Other measures being discussed include reviewing patient visiting times to provide more flexibility at peak times, negotiations with Carmarthenshire Council and Gwili Railway Management Committee regarding potential use of land near the hospital, and ongoing discussions with local bus companies to extend routes such as has been done to the route linking Withybush and Glangwili hospitals.

Director of Operations and Deputy Chief Executive Joe Teape said: “Parking is a serious problem on the site as it can restrict traffic flow both on the site and on the approach. There hasn’t been an incident of emergency ambulance not being able to get through but this is obviously our greatest concern and why we are taking all the measures we can to address this problem.

“In the meantime, after struggling to park on site myself, I would urge anyone who can, to use the park and ride scheme. It’s not the solution for all, but I will certainly be using this from now on.”

Parking issues and the detail around proposed solutions will be discussed by staff, patient representatives and the wider community as one of the health board’s ‘big conversations’, with feedback mechanisms to be announced shortly.

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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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