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Nurses Shine at annual awards

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A NURSE from Ceredigion was one of four Hywel Dda UHB staff to have their work recognised at a recent awards ceremony.

Carys Stevens, Nurse in Ceredigion Community Services was runner-up in the Community Nursing category at this year’s RCN Wales Nurse of Year Awards 2017.

These annual awards celebrate nurses who demonstrate excellence in practice, a passion for the nursing profession and exemplify distinction in care, leadership, service and innovation.

Carys was appointed to her Clinical Lead Nurse palliative care post with Hywel Dda University Health Board in 2015, when the board invited Hosbis Hafren/Severn Hospice – an independent charity serving Mid-Wales; North Powys and Shropshire – to oversee the development of specialist community palliative care services to the county of Ceredigion. Carys has worked tirelessly supporting patients in the community in living and dying well, and has successfully forged links with partner agencies, primary care and third sector organisations to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients and their families.

Carys is actively involved and responsive to individual patient and family needs, acting as their advocate and working with all disciplines to ensure optimum patient care. Running alongside this work, Carys has also been able provide training, advice and support to the care homes in Ceredigion that has prevented hospital admissions for those residents who are at the end of their lives. This has allowed them to be cared for and to die in their homes, according to their request and choice.

A passionate, inspirational nurse, she has delivered a co-produced model of individualised hospice care at home and through community engagement Carys has raised the profile of the palliative care team and the support available in rural healthcare settings. The development of the volunteering model has clearly benefited the local population.

Across Hywel Dda UHB, Bethan Andrews, Nurse at Withybush Hospital won The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales Award and Ann Robins, Nurse at Prince Philip Hospital, was winner of the Registered Nurse (Adult) Award. Iris Williams, Nurse at Glangwili Hospital, was runner-up in the Clinical Nurse Specialist category

Chief Executive of Hywel Dda University Health Board, Steve Moore said: “I’m delighted that Bethan, Ann, Iris and Carys have been recognised at this prestigious national awards ceremony. I am enormously proud of them, and all our nursing staff, for the high quality care they continue to deliver every day for our patients.”

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A digital future for Ceredigion

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STARTING from today (Dec 15), we are excited to announce that The Ceredigion Herald will be a digital only publication.

Our website and social media pages have always been an important outlet for delivering news to Ceredigion, and with the re-launch of Herald Radio this year, and the launch of our news channel Herald News 24 next year, the methods in which we deliver news to Ceredigion is only going from strength to strength.

Put simply, what this means for our readers is more content, delivered quicker, and with all the benefits that only an online platform can provide – such as picture galleries and video content.

Since the first edition, The Ceredigion Herald has gained a reputation for tackling the tough stories which others ignored, reporting on local news and events, and being a voice for the communities across Ceredigion.

This is not changing.

Over the coming weeks and months we will be rolling out new additions to the website, launching our online news channel, and much more.

We hope you look forward to the evolution as much as we are, and if you have any comments, feedback or ideas, we’d love to hear them.

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FUW holds open meeting to discuss bank closures

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​IN LIGHT of the announced NatWest bank closures in Ceredigion, affecting the Lampeter and Cardigan branches, the Farmers’ Union of Wales is holding open meetings with Plaid Cymru to discuss a way forward with local MP Ben Lake and AM Elin Jones.

The meetings will take place on Thursday ​(​Dec 21​)​ at Lampeter Rugby Club and Thursday, January 18 at the Guildhall, Cardigan. Both meetings will commence at 7.30pm and are open to all.

Speaking ahead of the meetings, ​​FUW Ceredigion CEO Mared Jones said: “The closure of those banks will have a detrimental effect​ on​ our local towns, as they serve not only villages close by but many of the neighbourhoods in surrounding areas, as well as providing employment to local people.

“We are therefore holding two open meetings with our local elected representatives to discuss a way forward and I hope many of you will be able to join us.”

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Farmers warned of targeted fraud attacks

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​DYFED-POWYS POLICE is warning the farming community to be extremely wary of any suspicious calls, texts or emails as a scam specifically targeting the agricultural sector has been identified.

During December farmers start to receive payments through the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy).

Information about the payments, including the recipients’ names and the amount paid, is publically available, meaning criminals are able to directly target victims making their approaches appear more convincing.

The scam communications will typically claim that fraud has been detected on the farmer’s bank account and that urgent action is required to safeguard funds.

The victim is then persuaded to divulge personal or financial information, or even to transfer money directly into a so-called ‘safe account’.

With some grants worth thousands of pounds, in past years fraudsters have stolen significant amounts of money from their victims.

Paul Callard, Financial Crime Team, Dyfed Powys Police said: “If you receive such a call or message, hang up the phone and do not reply directly. Instead, wait five minutes and ring your bank to alert them to the scam, using a phone number that you trust – such as the one from the official website.”

Be wary of:
• Any calls, texts or emails purporting to be from your bank, the police, a Government body or other organisation asking for personal or financial details, or for you to transfer money.
• Cold callers who suggest you hang up the phone and call them back. Fraudsters can keep your phone line open by not putting down the receiver at their end.
• Any request to check that the number showing on your telephone display matches an organisation’s registered telephone number. The display cannot be trusted, as the number showing can be altered by the caller.

Remember:
• You will never be asked for your 4 digit PIN or your online banking password, or for you to transfer money to a new account for “fraud reasons”.
• If you receive a suspicious call, hang up, wait five minutes to clear the line, or where possible use a different phone line, then call your bank or card issuer on their advertised number to report the fraud.

Never disclose your:
• Four digit card PIN to anyone, including the bank or police.
• Your password or online banking codes.
• Personal details unless you are certain you know who you are talking to. People are not always who they say they are.

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