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Public speak out on Bodlondeb care home closure

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A PUBLIC MEETING was held yesterday (Jul 17) in Llwyn yr Eos Primary School in Penparcau as a part of the consultation process on the proposal to close the Bodlondeb Residential Care Home.

Chaired by Elin Jones AM, the meeting began with a welcome and introductions to over 250 people who attended by Ceredigion County Council’s Leader, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn. A presentation on the background of Bodlondeb followed by the Council’s Strategic Director for Care, Protection and Lifestyle, Sue Darnbrook.

Following the presentation, a question and answer session gave an opportunity for attendees to directly pose questions to Elected Members and senior staff.

Ceredigion County Council Leader, Councillor Ellen ap Gwyn said: “The public meeting has been an opportunity for people to have their say on proposals to close Bodlondeb, and – I hope – for people to understand the background of the challenges that the Council faces when planning care services in our county.

“I have also made public the Council’s wish to work with an extra care housing provider to plan for such a facility in Aberystwyth together with the need to look at commissioning a new build nursing provision, both general and dementia nursing, from either the third sector or privately, as the Council does not have the legal right to provide nursing beds itself.”

Members of the public passionately shared views and experiences of Bodlondeb and challenged the panel on proposals and information provided in the meeting. Councillor Catherine Hughes, the Cabinet member for Social Services, formally closed the meeting.

Background documents are available for people to read while responding to the consultation. These, and the consultation document, are available online and also in the Penparcau Community Forum Office, Aberystwyth Library and the Council Office in Aberystwyth, Canolfan Rheidol.

Responses can be sent either through the online form or through posting the response to Bodlondeb Consultation, Ceredigion County Council, Penmorfa, Aberaeron, Ceredigion, SA46 0PA

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  1. Jon Plumpton

    July 19, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Why don’t you clearly state that this is just a Ceredigion County Council press release printed in its entirety?

  2. Peter Conroy

    July 19, 2017 at 9:05 am

    The online links would be useful

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Tra Bo Dau concert a sell-out success

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RHYS MEIRION and Aled Wyn Davies, two tenors with a shared sense of humour and mischief, matched only by their lifelong love of music performed to a sell out audience at Theatr Felinfach on Saturday (Jan 13).

Both tenors have solo careers in their own rights as well as being members of the Three Welsh Tenors and are well-known throughout Wales and the world. Their concert comprised of famous duets from the world of opera and musicals, famous Welsh songs and hymns, and contemporary compositions.

The audience enjoyed some of the classics by Ryan and Ronnie, Jac and Wil, Robat Arwyn, and many more, with the whole evening in the capable hands of Dilwyn Morgan and accompanist Menna Griffiths.

Part of the concert included items by pupils from Ysgolion Cynradd Aberaeron and Felinfach.

Take a look at Theatr Felinfach’s website to see the upcoming events for the Spring https://theatrfelinfach.cymru/.

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Four arrested as man remains in ‘critical condition’

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FOUR men have been arrested after a man was hospitalised in the early hours of Sunday morning (Jan 14).

19-year-old Ifan Richards Owen is in hospital in critical condition after the attack.

The incident took place in High Street, Aberystwyth, at approximately 2:20am.

Four men, aged 19, 20, 23 and 25 have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent.

They are in police custody.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to contact them as a matter of urgency.

DCI Anthony Evans, of Dyfed-Powys Police, said: “We are issuing a fresh appeal for witnesses to the assault on Ifan Richards Owens, aged 19, which occurred on High Street, Aberystwyth at around 2.20am on Sunday, January 14.

“In particular we would like to speak to anyone who gave first aid to Mr Owens before emergency services arrived.

“Mr Owens remains in hospital in a critical condition.

“We would urge anyone with any information that could assist in our investigation any witnesses to the incident or anyone who may have any CCTV or video footage of the incident to contact police on 101, quoting incident number 402 of January 14. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“Four men, aged 25, 23, 20 and 19, have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent and remain in police custody at this time.”

Ifan’s family said in a statement:  “Ifan is a kind and gentle person, and we have been overwhelmed with messages of support from family, friends, as well as Ifan’s school friends, teachers, university friends, and sports teams, who are all sending their best wishes for Ifan, who is desperately ill following this incident in Aberystwyth.

“Ifan’s only choice for university was Aberystwyth, he had no interest in any other university and absolutely loves the town. He plays football and rugby for the Geltaidd Football and Rugby Clubs and is enjoying his second year studying Criminology at Aberystwyth University.”

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‘Once in a lifetime’ reorganisation planned by Health Board

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THE LOCAL Health Board is embarking on a ‘once in a lifetime’ reorganisational plan which is looking at all potential options to ‘change the status quo and focus on improving health’ of locals.

This will involve, a press release has revealed, transferring more hospital services into the community where appropriate.

This is part of a strategy that the Health Board is looking into, to help solve an acute recruitment problem which is putting a great deal of pressure on the way that the Heath Board operates – and is leading to an untenable level of use of costly temporary staff to plug gaps and services.

In the summer of 2017, the Health Board embarked in an engagement with the public called ‘The Big Conversation’ which involved public workshops and drop-ins being held across the three counties of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion.

The Health Board now says the it has independently analysed opinions of the general public and has been using that data to explore, challenge and test different scenarios.

It is yet to be seen what these changes will mean for end service users.

The Herald understands it is likely to mean hospital services being reduced or cut, and replaced with community alternatives.

The Health Board has said it will not make any changes, unless it can guarantee the safety of the people which it serves.

The Health Board has insisted that no preferred option for change has yet been determined, and nothing has been signed off or agreed at this stage.

Medical Director Dr Philip Kloer said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our health service and community to work together to design an NHS which is fit for our generation and beyond. It has been acknowledged for some time across the UK that healthcare services are challenged like never before and we need significant change. Indeed this has been recognised in the recently published ‘Parliamentary Review of Health & Social Care’ here in Wales.

“We need to develop more proactive, resilient and better resourced local community services to support and improve people’s health and wellbeing, and avoid deterioration where possible. This will involve closer working with our partners, particularly colleagues in social care. We are also looking at ways of providing the most modern clinical practice, using the latest digital, technological, and new scientific developments, in fit for purpose facilities to provide better patient outcomes and experience.

“A number of our services are fragile and dependent on significant numbers of temporary staff, which can lead to poorer quality care. For us specifically in Hywel Dda, the geography we cover is large, with many scattered communities that are getting older, needing more holistic health and social care treatment and support. Because of this, we need to better resource our community based care, which is where most of our patient contact is, and help people manage their health conditions. We also need to evolve traditional ways of working and provide a more proactive approach. This should give patients – young, older and frail and everyone in between – the services they need when the need it, so people do not have to wait too long.

“This will mean changing hospital-based care, as well as community care, and we appreciate the attachment local people and our own staff have for their local hospitals. They have been cared for in them, or work in them, and they also play an important role in our wider communities. The options may propose change to a local hospital; however this is about more than the buildings. This is about investing in our communities, attracting doctors, nurses and therapists by operating a modern healthcare system and keeping hospitals for those who really need hospital care.

“We will not put in place any change that isn’t safe for our patients and population. And we will look at all the impacts from ensuring services are safer with better patient outcomes, to considering the wider impact on people, including the most vulnerable.”

Dr Kloer added: “The potential options are evolving, with changes to them on almost a daily basis. Many will never even reach public consultation, for a variety of reasons including safety, accessibility and affordability, or will change significantly as they are tested against population needs and healthcare standards.

“We will be coming back to the public in the spring with fewer options that have been more rigorously tested and we will open and honest about what we think our preferred option is and why. We would not, and cannot, propose something that would not be safe for our population.

“We live in this community, use our NHS and work for our NHS and we want to work with our patients, staff, partners and public to ensure it is the best it can be.”

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