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Minister approves new centre

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HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES MINISTER Mark Drakeford has approved plans for a new £20m integrated care centre in Cardigan.

The scheme, which supports Hywel Dda University Health Board’s new model for integrated care, will replace the existing Cardigan Memorial Hospital and Cardigan Health Centre.

The proposed new integrated resource centre will allow health and social care professionals to work together to provide care closer to people’s homes. It will become the health resource and communications hub at the centre of Cardigan, delivering care in the right place at the right time.

Services provided will include: GP practice and out-of-hours service; Specialist and nurse-led clinics; Rehabilitation day unit to restore function and improve independence; Services for dementia sufferers and their carers; Minor injury service; Radiology and diagnostics; Phlebotomy service and point-of-care testing; Outpatient suite with consulting rooms and clinical treatment facilities for pre-assessment; Telemedicine suite, providing access to specialists.

Approves: Mark Drakeford

Approves: Mark Drakeford

The centre will also provide a base for the community resource team in the South Ceredigion area delivering care services in South Ceredigion, North Pembrokeshire and the Teifi Valley.

Professor Drakeford said: “I’m pleased to announce the outline approval for a new, modern centre for health and social care in Cardigan. This purpose-built facility will help the health board deliver exemplary standards of care for people living in Cardigan and the surrounding area. It will support our aim of delivering care closer to people’s homes, while also reducing inappropriate admissions to hospital, nursing and care homes through an integrated system of community support, early intervention, re-ablement and intermediate care. This project is an exciting approach to addressing the problems experienced by rural communities across Wales.”

Hywel Dda University Health Board Chief Executive Steve Moore, said: “This is fantastic news for Ceredigion. The new centre will bring health and social care together in the heart of the community. The development will ensure integrated working to ensure value for money and enable new opportunities to provide services needed for the local population. I wish to pay tribute all our stakeholders, including our staff and local authority colleagues for their part in reaching this milestone in the project. We look forward to continuing to work together with our partners to bring the development to fruition.”

Hywel Dda University Health Board will now develop a full business case for Cardigan Integrated Care Centre.

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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