PLANS to turn a former office block in Aberaeron into a brand new Integrated Care Centre with health and social care services have been sent to Welsh Government officials for consideration.
Hywel Dda University Health Board has submitted a Business Justification Case (BJC) to Welsh Government for the refurbishment of Minaeron in order to provide integrated and sustainable services to Aberaeron and the surrounding area.
Aberaeron Hospital requires around £1.4m to be spent on it to make it fit for patient care. A recent appraisal concluded that it is not fit for purpose and not conducive to the provision of modern day health care provision.
Minaeron is a two-storey building originally built in the 1970s, which the Health Board acquired in April 2017 with the support of Welsh Government funding. It offers significant improvements both in terms of physical access and service provision, with the planned inclusion of Tanyfron GP Practice leading to a truly integrated centre leading to significant improvements in patient pathways.
The development of the Aberaeron Integrated Care Centre will house a number of services including:
- GP Practice
- Clinical Services and support staff from Aberaeron Hospital;
- Community Nursing services
- Third Sector
- Office staff currently based at Felinfach property;
- Existing staff currently based at Minaeron –Ceredigion county management team;
- Public Health staff from Tregaron (subject to consultation);
- Local Authority Social Services and Porth Gofal Mental Health staff;
- Additional staff from Bronglais or other HB facilities who were relocated when the Aberaeron Hospital upper floor was vacated.
Peter Skitt, County Director for Ceredigion, said: “We’re pleased to announce that we have submitted the Business Justification Case for the refurbishment of Minaeron to Welsh Government as the next stage of our journey towards developing an Integrated Care Centre for Aberaeron.
“A while ago we identified that the model of community services developed for Ceredigion reinforced the need for services to remain based in Aberaeron. We have explored a number of alternative solutions within the Aberaeron locality, however they have been deemed to be non-viable.
This BJC describes the case for change, the process followed to explore alternative solutions, and outlines plans to implement the preferred option.
“This project will provide opportunities for service development, multidisciplinary and co-operative working across boundaries of care, to enable improvements in patient care and assist in addressing future challenges.
“We will be holding a drop-in event in March for the public to come along and see our plans and to get a better idea about how this exciting new project will be of benefit to them when it comes to fruition.”
County Councillor Catherine Hughes, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Social Services, added: “This is a great example of how we can work together with our partners to ensure better outcomes for the residents of Aberaeron, and Ceredigion as a whole.”
Stereophonics to play Swansea gig
ONE of Britain’s best live bands Stereophonics has announced a special performance at Singleton Park, Swansea on Saturday, July 13, 2019.
The stadium rockers will perform in their south Wales heartland to celebrate 20 years since the career milestone show in Swansea at Morfa Stadium to 55,000 people and the release of ‘Performance and Cocktails’.
It will be the band’s first time back in south west Wales since their Morfa Stadium show in 1999. This now iconic album, which was the band’s second studio release, gave Stereophonics three straight top five singles in the British charts with ‘The Bartender and the Thief’ reaching No.3, and both ‘Just Looking’ and ‘Pick a Part That’s New’ reaching No.4.
Over the past two decades, Stereophonics have played at some of the biggest venues to fans all across the globe, amassing over 10 million album sales in that time.
More recently in 2018, the band performed to sell-out crowds across the globe, including a huge 15-date arena tour, summer homecoming gigs in Wrexham and Cardiff plus headline shows at Kendal Calling, Y Not Festival and Victorious Festival.
Speaking about the latest announcement, Kelly Jones said: “Performance and Cocktails put us on the world map, and also on the TV and the Radio, which meant a lot of people went back to discover Word Gets Around and made our first album platinum! Morfa Stadium was where we set Performance and Cocktails alight, and it was a one off day that can never be beaten. It was perfect. I’m not a man that likes to go backwards, this event is merely a birthday party, so come along and help us blow out the candles.”
Stereophonics are Kelly Jones (vocals/guitar), Richard Jones (bass), Adam Zindani (guitar) and Jamie Morrison (drums).
Tickets go on sale on Friday (Dec 14) at 10am via www.myticket.co.uk.
Heroin could be linked to Aberysytwyth supply
A LIVERPOOL man has admitted possessing heroin that could be linked to drugs supplied in Aberystwyth.
Jack English, aged 20, pleaded guilty to possessing a quantity of heroin with intent to supply when he appeared at Swansea Crown ccourt for a plea and trial preparation hearing before Judge Keith Thomas.
The court heard the drugs could also be linked to English’s father, who had been a heroin user who had ‘gone to Aberystwyth on many occasions’ and who had died since his son’s arrest in October 2017.
Judge Thomas said he would sentence English on January 11.
English, of Storrington Road, was granted bail meanwhile but warned that a jail sentence was the most likely outcome.
Mark Drakeford named next First Minister
THE NEXT First Minister of Wales will be Mark Drakeford, it has been announced this afternoon (Dec 6).
Mr Drakeford, a Cardiff West AM, was named as the winner of the Welsh Labour leadership contest at the Principality Stadium.
The contest was triggered when Carwyn Jones, the current First Minister, announced he was stepping down.
Mr Jones will officially step down on Tuesday (Dec 10).
Mr Drakeford will then be officially confirmed as the new First Minister of Wales by the National Assembly next week.
In the first round of voting, the results were:
Mark Drakeford – 46.9%
Vaughan Gething – 30.8%
Eluned Morgan – 22.3%
Eluned Morgan’s votes were then redistributed on voters’ second preferences, with the following results:
Mark Drakeford – 53.9%
Vaughan Gethin – 46.1%
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