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Residents and their families will be supported as nursing home closes

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ASHBERRY Healthcare has regrettably announced it will need to close Bridell Manor Nursing Home near Cardigan. This follows a lengthy period of difficulty in recruiting qualified nursing and care staff due to a national shortage, which is a particular challenge in very rural localities.

A spokesperson for Bridell Manor Nursing Home said: “As a responsible care provider, we conduct regular reviews into the sustainability of all our care homes to make sure we can continue to deliver high quality care with the appropriate number of trained staff.

“Bridell Manor has faced a long-term recruitment challenge which has left us unable to staff the home to appropriate levels. Despite our best efforts to attract qualified carers and nursing staff to the home, we have been unable to solve this recruitment challenge. As a result, and for the safety of all the residents living at the home, we have made the difficult decision to close Bridell Manor Nursing Home.

“We are seeking to retain many of our dedicated staff members at our other nearby homes, and they will be fully supported by our HR team throughout this process.

“We understand that this will be difficult news for everyone at Bridell Manor. We are working closely with all the relevant authorities to support residents throughout the closure process and to help find them a new care home in which they will be happy”.

There are approximately 20 residents at the home who are provided with nursing care, including those with dementia care needs.

Local authorities and Hywel Dda University Health Board will now work closely with the care home, residents and their families to find suitable alternative care and placements. Those affected have been contacted directly and will be supported through this process.

A date for closure has not yet been determined but work to secure alternative care and placements has already begun.

Commenting, Elin Jones AM said: “The news that Ashberry Healthcare is set to close Bridell Manor Nirsing Home, near Cardigan, is a severe blow to elderly care in Ceredigion, especially in the south of the county.

“There are many Ceredigion residents that live in this nursing home, which provides care for people with advanced dementia. There is also very little alternative provision. Hywel Dda Health Board now needs to work urgently with families and patients to ensure that their needs are prioritised.

“Ashberry has stated that the main reason that it has taken this decision is that it has difficulty in recruiting qualified caring and nursing staff at the home. There is also a longer term strategy needed to ensure training of sufficient staff locally. This is a matter I will raise urgently with the Welsh Government Minister for Health.”

Ben Lake MP added:

“Bridell Manor has long offered valuable care to individuals suffering from dementia, and its closure is a devastating blow, not least as dementia care beds are so few and far between.

“The priority now must be to ensure the residents impacted by this decision are supported as they secure alternative care, however, in looking towards the future, it is clear that the recruitment difficulties that contributed to this closure need to be urgently addressed by the Welsh Government.”

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Spate of overnight burglaries in Clarach, Bow Street and Ponterwyd

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POLICE are investigating a spate of burglaries overnight in Clarach, Bow Street and Ponterwyd.

A number of burglaries have been reported, with entry forced to businesses and CCTV cameras damaged or removed.

In Bow Street, entry was forced into an agricultural merchants, where items were taken; and CCTV was removed from a business.

Two vehicles – a VW Passat – registration plate CU16 OAL – and an Audi – registration YT09 TWL – were also reported stolen from a garage in the village.

A VW Crafter – registration plate GM16OTP, along with tools and equipment were stolen from a business in Ponterwyd.

Four businesses at Nantallan Business Park were targeted:

Bikes and steamers were reported stolen from one, a generator and two boxes containing LED lighting from another, a Mitsubishi L200 flatbed truck taken from the third, and tools stolen from a fourth.

Police are treating the incidents as linked, and would like to speak to anyone with information or who witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the Clarach and Bow Street areas.

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Police confirm Ellie Bryan, 18, died in collision

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE can confirm the woman who tragically died following a collision at Commins Coch was Ellie Bryan, from Aberystwyth.
The 18-year-old was a passenger in a Vauxhall Astra which was involved in a collision at around 10pm on Saturday, November 16.
Her family has released the following statement: “We are distraught by our loss of Ellie. She will be missed by us all.
“Ellie was a loving daughter, sister and granddaughter.
“We would like to thank everyone for their support at this devastating time.
“We would appreciate having time to grieve in privacy.”
Police continue to appeal for witnesses or anyone with information about the collision to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.
You can report information online at: http://bit.ly/dppReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101.
If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20191116-353.

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18-year-old girl arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving

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POLICE have said they have arrested a driver in connection with a fatal collision which took place at Commins Coch on Saturday (Nov 16).

An 18-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

The collision occurred on the A487 at around 10pm, and involved two vehicles.

Enquiries have revealed the involvement of a third car and yesterday the driver of this vehicle was arrested.

An 18-year-old woman – a passenger in a Vauxhall Astra – sadly died from injuries sustained in the incident. Her family is being supported by specialist officers.

The driver of the Astra remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Anyone travelling along this stretch of road at the time of the collision who had dash cam footage, or saw the collision, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

You can report information online at: http://bit.ly/dppReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20191116-353

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