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Health resource centre welcomed

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Dr Sion James: Welcomed Cylch Caron development

Dr Sion James: Welcomed Cylch
Caron development

A HEALTH CARE project which will ‘future-proof local health and social services has been welcomed by a local GP. The new Cylch Caron Integrated Resource Centre will be a community resource centre that will become a central hub for a fully integrated health and social care service for the town and the surrounding area. Tregaron-based Doctor, Sion James said: “The overarching principle laying the foundation for this project is that patients should receive care as close to home as possible.

In Tregaron GP Surgery we are already working together with Tregaron Community Hospital and Bryntirion care home to meet the needs of our patients who are living longer and have increasingly complex needs. “At the moment we are making do with the facilities we have but when the Centre is built we will benefit not only from having a modern, purposebuilt building but from the added value that comes from working closely across professional boundaries – improved communications that result in a better service for our patients. “The local health community is already laying the groundwork for when we have the building in place.

At present we provide a comprehensive service to our patients; from dealing with minor injuries and surgeries, to screening for conditions such as diabetes, hosting Midwife clinics and plenty in-between. “I’m local to Tregaron, I grew up here and now live here with my wife and 3 children. I hope to grow old here and use the Cylch Caron Centre, myself. I look forward to working on the project to make it work for the local community.” Cylch Caron will provide a brand new building designed to provide health and social care services together with specialist housing for individuals with care needs at the heart of Tregaron.

This new building will replace the existing Tregaron Community Hospital, Bryntirion care home and Tregaron GP surgery. In a visit on Thursday, 24 March, Minister for Health and Social Services Mark Drakeford announced the purchase of the land for the Cylch Caron project. The development, led by Ceredigion Local Service Board, represents a total investment of £8.1m by Ceredigion County Council, Hywel Dda University Health Board and Welsh Government to deliver the vision of sustainable services in one of the most rural parts of Wales.

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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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