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Recognition for Christmas hospital hero



Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 09.25.04THE EFFORTS of a Glangwili Hospital worker, who saved his patient’s Christmas, have been recognised by the Chair of Hywel Dda UHB.

Earlier this year, Ammanford woman, Donna Lewis, praised off-duty Wouter De Kroon for giving up his plans for Christmas Eve so that he could carry out a medical procedure for her. Donna, from Garnswllt, said Physicians’ Assistant Wouter De Kroon had “saved Christmas” for her and her son Sam, 10, by troubleshooting a blocked intravenous line so that she could continue receiving antibiotics at home.

Wouter, who has worked at Glangwili General Hospital since July 2013, was nominated for a ‘Employee or Team of the Month’ award by Carmarthenshire Acute Response Team Leader, Craig Jones, after a call from Wouter’s wife – Lisa – who also works at the hospital – as he was coming into Carmarthen to pick up their Christmas turkey.

Realising that Donna would have to be admitted to hospital if she didn’t have the procedure, and would miss Christmas Day with her son as a result, Wouter picked up his turkey and drove straight to Glangwili where he swapped his shopping for scrubs.

Donna, who was also being cared for in her home by the Acute Response Team (ART), said: “I’d had a chest infection that was being treated with oral antibiotics, but I wasn’t getting any better.

“I was given intravenous antibiotics instead, but because I have bad veins I had to have a PICC (Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter) line inserted, which became blocked.

“I ended up having to go to Glangwili Hospital on Christmas Eve and I would have had to wait for treatment had Wouter not come in especially for me on his day off.

“As it turned out I didn’t need the PICC line to be replaced, but Wouter was able to fix it for me.

“When he came to see me I thanked him and he said ‘no problem, it’s all part of the service.’

“It made a huge difference to me and my son. He saved Christmas for us. I had a back-up plan for Sam to go to my friend’s house for Christmas Day, but obviously we didn’t want to have to do that.

“For someone to give up his day off, especially on Christmas Eve, was really lovely – it’s a brilliant service and everyone was absolutely fantastic.”

Wouter commented: “Fortunately, the very skilled nurses in the medical day unit were able to get the existing line functioning again, which meant I was able to see Donna and check the line again to make sure it was okay for her to home without problems arising later over Christmas.

“The fact that Donna was happy with the service made my Christmas better too! Having worked in many small hospitals in Switzerland, where going the extra mile is all part of the service, I am happy to say that I see the same patient-orientated mentality in many of my colleagues here at Hywel Dda too.”

Chair, Bernardine Rees, said: “When I read the nomination I was blown away – I believe it’s important to use every opportunity to thank people for what they do.”

Upon receiving his award, Mr De Kroon added: “I feel really honoured to have been chosen, and emphasise that it really was a team effort by all.”

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Carmarthenshire Archives’ new building officially opened



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



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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