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Work starts on hospice

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Unit features: Sun terrace, garden, large balconies and sacred space.

Unit features: Sun terrace, garden, large balconies and sacred space.

BUILDING work for a brand new £2m inpatient hospice serving Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion got underway earlier this week. Skanda Vale Hospice are developing their existing facilities to include a six bedroom in-care unit. The new hospice will begin phasing in their new services from November 2015, offering inpatient respite and end of life care services that are not currently available anywhere in the three counties. Since 1993, monks and nuns from Skanda Vale multi-faith monastery have been offering practical, emotional, social and spiritual care to families affected by life-threatening illnesses, completely free of charge.

The local community will soon benefit from much more choice and support, at one of the most difficult times of life. Dr. Pat Purcell, a local Palliative Care Consultant and voluntary clinical advisor to the hospice project said: “The new hospice unit will meet an urgent need in our community – many patients currently have to travel long distances to get the care they need. The hospice is ideally located, near the borders of Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, to serve a large number of local people.

Both myself and the palliative care team look forward to collaborative working with the staff at Skanda Vale Hospice.” The equivalent of 5 palliative nursing jobs will be created – though the hospice is unique in that all support staff are fully qualified unpaid volunteers. Brother Michael said: “Skanda Vale Hospice is run by volunteers, so our overheads are far less than similar sized organisations. More than 94p in every £1 donated can be invested in patient care.We’d like to thank our local community for all their support over the years. This hospice is for the people of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire. We want to encourage people to get excited about this amazing project and come and be a part of it.”

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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