HYWEL DDA UNIVERSITY HEALTH BOARD is working with Ashleigh Surgery, Napier Street, Cardigan, to ensure continued provision of GP services in the area following a resignation and future retirement of one of the partners.
Dr Peter Counsell resigned from Ashleigh Surgery in January 2016 and will be leaving the Practice at the end of July. Dr Simon Knight will reach retirement age in January 2017. The Practice has been striving hard for some time to attract GPs to the area, but unfortunately has not been successful to date.
In light of this, the partnership has decided to serve seven months notice to end their General Medical Services contract with Hywel Dda University Health Board. In the short-term, this means that care will be provided by the same doctors, nurses and reception staff currently within the Practice, whilst the Practice and the University Health Board work with the community to find a longer term future that secures this important service for the Cardigan population.
The decision was not taken lightly by the Practice and was made to ensure the best interests of the patients remain paramount and continued sustainability to secure a brighter and stronger future for General Medical Services locally.
The University Health Board is writing to the patients registered at the Practice to inform them of the situation and inviting them to share their views through a questionnaire as part of planning for the future.
Both the Practice and the University Health Board are working closely together to ensure that patients are affected as little as possible by any changes that need to be made in the short or longer term to ensure continued provision and access for patients.
The University Health Board’s assistance at this time will ensure continued delivery of services and reassurance to local people and staff, whilst a permanent contract is sought. The opinion of the local community and patients will be sought prior to any decision about long term provision of the service and to help inform these decisions, a public event is being held on Monday (Jul 18) at 1.30 pm in the Guildhall, Cardigan.
Elaine Lorton, Assistant Director of Primary Care, said: “We are committed to maintaining the high standards of care that are currently provided at Ashleigh Surgery and would like to reassure you that the provision of General Medical Services will continue in this area.
We will be working with Dr Shan Thomas from Ashleigh Surgery to find the best way to secure services and to ensure continuity for patients. We will work with the existing team to develop plans for the handover and delivery of future services, and we hope that continuity of care will be delivered in the foreseeable future by Dr Shan Thomas, nurses and reception staff currently within the Practice.”
The University Health Board appreciates the continuing support given by the community and many of its patients and remains committed to maintaining the high standards of care currently provided at Ashleigh Surgery.
For further information, your queries can be directed to the University Health Board’s Patient Services Department on 0300 0200 159.
New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards
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.”
Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs
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.”
New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions
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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