WALES AIR AMBULANCE (WAA) has received a funding boost for night flying operations following a grant from the Postcode Community Trust.
The helicopter charity was recently awarded £15,300 to aid the purchase of specialist night-flying equipment for use by the onboard medical team, known as the Welsh Flying Medics, and the pilots.
The grant came after a successful application to the Postcode Community Trust which is directly supported by the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.
Mark Stevens, WAA Fundraising Manager, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you not only to the Postcode Community Trust for this grant but also the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. This extremely generous award will allow us to purchase night vision equipment which will prove invaluable during the darker evenings.”
Dr David Rawlinson, Welsh Flying Medics Clinical Informatics Manager, said: “This funding is vital to support our work, particularly during the winter months where it will allow crews to respond by air from sunset until we finish at 8pm. The provision of night vision goggles and specialist helmets will also support the Charity’s long-term vision of providing a 24/7 service.”
WAA is the national air ambulance service for Wales providing emergency medical assistance by air to whoever may need it, 365 days a year. Operating daily between 8am-8pm, WAA is the UK’s largest air ambulance operational with four helicopters based across the country. On average, the Charity attends 2,500 missions each year and needs to raise £6.5 million annually to keep the helicopters flying.
Wales Air Ambulance can be there for anyone in Wales within 20 minutes, with bases in Llanelli, Cardiff, Welshpool and Caernarfon. The ‘Welsh Flying Medics’ on-board Wales Air Ambulance use pioneering techniques and advanced equipment – bringing the A&E directly to the patient wherever they may be.
Mark added: “It is part of our long-term vision to provide a 24-hour service. It is only through projects such as the Postcode Community Trust and the generosity of the people of Wales that we are able to edge closer to this goal.”
Helping to deliver clinical services to the people of Ceredigion
HYWEL Dda University Health Board (UHB) has published its Research and Innovation Strategy, which will help deliver clinical services to the people of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.
The strategy, which is part of Hywel Dda UHB’s long-term health and care strategy, A healthier Mid and West Wales: Our Future Generations Living Well, seeks to improve the profile, quality and quantity of research and innovation activity within Hywel Dda UHB.
Additionally, while the COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating impact on communities across mid and west Wales, it demonstrated the vital link between research, innovation, and decision making at every level of the health care system. This includes the immediate importance of translating research and innovation into health benefits.
The Research and Innovation Strategy will focus on setting the direction and committing to the delivery of practical steps to move the health board’s research, development, and innovation agenda forward. This will be achieved through four strategic goals:
- Improve the quality and impact of activities.
- Invest in staff and facilities to encourage the development of a virtuous funding cycle.
- Grow research and innovation activity in areas of strength and opportunity.
- Develop strong and effective partnerships with academic, healthcare, industry and research organisations.
Leighton Phillips, Director for Research, Innovation and University Partnerships for Hywel Dda UHB, said: “Our vision is to produce and collaborate in high quality health and care research and innovation, to improve services and health outcomes for our public, patients and staff. This strategy details how we aim to improve our research and innovation capabilities, which will have a direct benefit on the communities we serve in the three counties.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown just how critical research and innovation is to deal with the worst public health crisis of our time. Excellent research and innovation contribute to improved health outcomes, because it embeds a culture of the highest standards of health and care delivery, underpinned by evidence and by attracting high quality employees.
“Implementing this strategy will be done in collaboration with a wide variety of partners, from our existing funders, local authorities and Welsh Government, to private sector organisations and industry, and the health board’s clinical and managerial teams.”
If you wish to review the strategy or discuss it further with the research and innovation team, please email HDd.Research-Development@wales.nhs.uk.
Council provides feminine hygiene products to local communities
CEREDIGION COUNTY COUNCIL in partnership with local community groups and organisations, and through funding from Welsh Government’s Period Dignity Scheme, are ensuring that women and girls have access to feminine hygiene products.
A number of local groups and organisations will receive a stock of feminine hygiene products which are available to be distributed to individuals facing hardship within our communities.
Ceredigion County Council’s aim is to ensure that tampons, sanitary towels, or sustainable alternatives are available for women and girls from low income households in Ceredigion who cannot afford them.
Local community support groups and organisations have a wealth of knowledge of their local areas, and will be able to support those in need through ensuring they receive these products at this particularly challenging time.
To find out which groups or organisations hold a stock in your local area, please contact email@example.com.
To learn more about other grants and assistance available to those facing hardship, go to the benefits section on the Council’s website: http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/resident/coronavirus-covid-19/benefits/.
Bronglais Hospital has welcomed a new Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
A NEW consultant colorectal surgeon has been welcomed into a new post at Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth, meaning that patients will no longer have to travel long distances to receive operations.
After seeing a job advert for his posting early on in 2020, Mr Sebastiani came to visit the hospital and later joined Hywel Dda University Health Board in January 2021 as part of the clinical team at the Ceredigion hospital.
Mr Sebastiani said: “I was really impressed with the quality of all of the professionals working in Bronglais Hospital. Also, after hearing that the patients had to travel for over an hour in order to have their cancer operations, I felt that I could help them to receive colorectal service locally.”
Maria Battle, Chair at Hywel Dda Health Board said: “It is our pleasure to welcome Mr Sebastiani to the Team at Bronglais. We are delighted he has joined us. This is a big step forward for services in Mid Wales. We are fortunate to have such a strong team and Mr Sebastiani will contribute to providing a more comprehensive and united service.”
Originally from Rome, Italy, Mr Sebastiani studied medicine at the University of La Sapienza in the city where he graduated with full marks in 2008. He then started his surgical training in Rome, rotating between a university and rural hospital.
Through the Italian training programme, which allowed a trainee to spend 18 months abroad, Mr Sebastiani spent six months in Belgium working in one of the biggest centres in Europe for laparoscopic liver resection and liver transplant. In moving to the UK for his final year in training and qualifying in 2015, he became a middle grade in colorectal surgery in Luton and more recently in 2019 he moved to Plymouth for a fellowship in laparoscopic colorectal surgery where he worked as a locum consultant.
“I liked the idea of helping to reinstate the service and I believe there is incredible potential for development here at Bronglais, and I wanted to be part of it.”
Mr Sebastiani moved to Ceredigion county in December 2020 with his wife, also from Rome, who is a nurse also working at Bronglais Hospital.
“We like it here. It is small and quiet, but in a nice way. There is the sea and the mountains, so plenty of things to do and places to go.”
Philip Kloer, Medical Director and Deputy CEO at Hywel Dda Health Board said: “We are delighted to welcome Mr Sebastiani here at Bronglais. We have first class facilities at Bronglais Hospital which are improving all the time and Mr Sebastiani’s knowledge and experience will help us to continue strengthening our acute surgical service for our patients at the hospital.”
For regular updates and roles which may interest you or someone you know, follow the University Health Board: on Facebook and Twitter @HywelDdaJobs and on LinkedIn at: www.linkedin.com/company/hywel-dda-university-health-board, or by visiting: https://hduhb.nhs.wales/jobs/working-for-us/
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