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Lansio Canolfan Rhagoriaeth mewn Ymchwil Iechyd Gwledig

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Yr Athro Chris Thomas; Dr Rachel Rahman; Yr Athro Mark Drakeford AC: Gwerfyl Pierce Jones, Dirprwy Ganghellor, Prifysgol Aberystwyth.

Yr Athro Chris Thomas; Dr Rachel Rahman; Yr Athro Mark Drakeford AC: Gwerfyl Pierce Jones, Dirprwy
Ganghellor, Prifysgol Aberystwyth.

DDYDD IAU 24 Mawrth lansiodd Prifysgol Aberystwyth y Ganolfan Rhagoriaeth mewn Ymchwil Iechyd Gwledig. Cafodd y cyhoeddiad ei wneud yn lansiad Canolfan Rhagoriaeth Gofal Iechyd Gwledig gan yr Athro Mark Drakeford AC, Gweinidog Iechyd a Gwasanaethau Cymdeithasol Llywodraeth Cymru. Golyga sefydlu’r ganolfan newydd y bydd Prifysgol Aberystwyth yn cydweithio’n agos iawn gyda Grŵp Cydweithredol Gofal Iechyd Canolbarth Cymru a Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Hywel Dda er mwyn mynd i’r afael â rhai o’r heriau unigryw o ddarparu gofal iechyd mewn ardaloedd gwledig megis canolbarth Cymru.

Bydd y Ganolfan hefyd yn cefnogi amgylchedd ymchwil deniadol i gydweithwyr clinigol mewn sefydliadau iechyd partner. Dywedodd Dr Rachel Rahman, Cyfarwyddwr y Ganolfan Rhagoriaeth mewn Ymchwil Iechyd Gwledig: “Mae darparu gofal iechyd i boblogaethau gwledig yn heriol, nid yn unig yn y DG ond hefyd mewn gwledydd datblygedig ac sy’n datblygu o amgylch y byd. Nid yw ceisio mynd i’r afael â’r heriau unigryw o ofal iechyd gwledig drwy estyniad syml o ymagweddau trefol yn effeithiol ac aml ni fyddant yn ystyried yr heriau o ddaearyddiaeth leol, naws diwylliannol, ac arbedion maint.

“Bydd y Ganolfan Rhagoriaeth mewn Ymchwil Iechyd Gwledig ym Mhrifysgol Aberystwyth yn gwneud y mwyaf o’r leoliad, sydd wedi’i gwreiddio yn y gymuned wledig o Ganolbarth- Gorllewin Cymru, i ddarparu ymchwil arloesol a dylanwadol sy’n llywio darpariaeth gofal iechyd gwledig ar gyfer cenedlaethau’r presennol a’r dyfodol.” Dywedodd Steve Moore, Prif Weithredwr Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Hywel Dda: “Rwyf wrth fy modd ein bod yn gallu gweithio gyda Phrifysgol Aberystwyth a’r Grŵp Cydweithredol Gofal Iechyd Canolbarth Cymru ar y prosiect newydd cyffrous hwn. Rydym yn gwybod bod yr heriau sy’n wynebu darparu gofal iechyd gwledig yn niferus ac yn amrywiol ac ynghyd â’n partneriaid, byddwn yn cymryd ymagwedd ddyfeisgar ac arloesol er mwyn dod o hyd i atebion cynaliadwy a pharhaol, ac sydd o fudd gwirioneddol i gymunedau yng Nghanolbarth- Gorllewin Cymru.”

Dywedodd Dr Sue Fish, Cyfarwyddwr Rhaglen Glinigol Grŵp Cydweithredol Gofal Iechyd Canolbarth Cymru a meddyg teulu yn y Borth, Ceredigion: “Bydd y Ganolfan Ymchwil newydd ym Mhrifysgol Aberystwyth yn rhoi cyfle cyffrous i’r staff clinigol presennol a’r dyfodol sy’n gweithio yng Nghanolbarth Cymru i gymryd rhan mewn ymchwil a phrosiectau arloesi, a fydd yn datblygu atebion i’r heriau o ddarparu gofal iechyd gwledig. Un o’r blaenoriaethau cyntaf fydd adeiladu ar y profiad mewn telefeddygaeth sydd eisoes yn bodoli yn Ysbyty Cyffredinol Bronglais i ddatblygu’r defnydd o dechnoleg, fel y gellir darparu gofal arbenigol yn nes at gartrefi pobl ar draws Canolbarth Cymru.”

Dywedodd yr Athro Chris Thomas, Dirprwy Is-Ganghellor dros Ymchwil: “Mae gan Brifysgol Aberystwyth rôl allweddol i’w chwarae wrth wella ffyniant a lles yng nghymunedau gwledig Cymru, ac mae’r Ganolfan newydd hon yn un o glwstwr o fentrau newydd i wneud hynny. Mae heriau gofal iechyd gwledig yn gofyn am feddwl mewn modd rhyngddisgyblaethol, ac felly mae’n wych i weld yr ystod o arbenigedd y gallwn ddarparu mewn ymateb. Bydd prifysgolion a phartneriaid eraill ledled Cymru hefyd yn cyfrannu at fenter y Gweinidog yn y meysydd sy’n gryfder iddynt, ac felly rhyngom rwy’n gobeithio y gallwn yrru newid gwirioneddol yn y ffordd yr ydym yn meddwl a gwneud gofal iechyd yng Nghanolbarth Cymru yn esiampl i’r byd .”

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Ceredigion lifesavers go the extra mile during lockdown

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Loyal blood donors in Ceredigion have responded to a request from the Welsh
Blood Service to ‘donate differently’ by rolling up their sleeves to make a
lifesaving donation at one of the Service’s new regional hubs.

Across Wales, of the 6,808 individuals that visited a Welsh Blood Service donation
session in May 63% of donors attended a clinic that was not their usual donation
venue.

In Ceredigion, 293 donors came forward to give blood in May, with 34 attending a
donation session for the very first time.

Following a series of Covid-19 related venue cancellations and social distancing
restrictions, the Welsh Blood Service was unable to host donation sessions at the thirty
community venues it would typically visit across Wales each week.

The Service introduced a new collections schedule at the beginning of April which saw
collections taken from five regional donation hubs at different locations in Wales each
week. Donors were asked to travel to donate at their nearest hub.

Alan Prosser, Director of the Welsh Blood Service, said: “When it became clear we
couldn’t continue with business as usual, we knew we’d have to ask donors to donate
differently. Our regional donation hubs have replaced our usual local collections
programme and the response from donors has been remarkable.

“98.3% of the appointments we’ve made available since lockdown have been taken
and many of these appointments have been taken by donors who have been prepared
to go even further out of their way than they usually would just to make a potentially
lifesaving donation.”

The Service has also observed a sharp rise in the number of new donors coming
forward to donate.

Mr Prosser continued: “In May 2019, around 11% of those that attended our donation
sessions were new donors. This May, around 19% of our attendance has been people
who had never given before.

“We’ve also see a surge in the number of donors who haven’t given in years returning
to our sessions to help us boost stocks. It’s been amazing and we’re hugely grateful.”

Blood stocks in Wales have remained healthy throughout the pandemic as the reduced
collections activity has mirrored a reduction in the volume of blood used by hospitals.
However, the Service is urging donors to continue to attend their local sessions as and
when lockdown restrictions are lifted.

“Blood stocks are currently very healthy thanks to the commitment of new and existing
donors but we need people to keep giving blood to ensure we can continue to meet
hospital demand in the coming months. Travel to donate is considered essential travel
and anyone who is fit, well and eligible to donate can book an appointment through the
welshblood.org.uk website.”

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Porth Cymorth Cynnar supporting residents in Ceredigion

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During this challenging period, Porth Cymorth Cynnar has established a virtual platform to ensure that we are able to keep in touch with vulnerable residents across Ceredigion.

Due to the restrictions introduced to safeguard our communities against COVID-19, many residents are not able to access their usual provision or support such as parent groups or GP Referral Exercise Classes. Instead, we are ensuring that all residents whom are known to our services, and others, are kept in touch with, through regular welfare calls, should they wish.

Around 2000 residents from young people to families to carers, who may require or benefit from regular contact whilst their service is not operating in its usual form, will receive communication from our staff.

To date, almost 2000 welfare calls have been made, and have been well received by people across Ceredigion. Residents have said that it is great that someone is keeping in touch with them, to give them an opportunity to have a weekly phone call and someone to talk to.

Mrs Jones* (name changed for anonymity) who is 92 and lives alone, is used to receiving regular visits from Ceredigion’s mobile library was identified as benefiting from a weekly phone call, to check how she was doing, now that her usual library service would not be visiting for a while. Porth Cymorth Cynnar aimed to get in touch with Mrs Jones, but did not have a contact number. After tracking down a contact number through the local directory, a member of the Porth y Gymuned team was able to make contact. Luckily Mrs Jones has the support of family and neighbours to collect groceries, but nonetheless was extremely grateful to have someone to talk to, and to check that she is OK. A weekly phone check in has been organised with Mrs Jones, to ensure that she is doing well and to organise if she is in need of anything.

If you, or anyone you know would benefit from the Keeping in Touch Service, please get in touch with our Customer Services team on 01545 570881 or clic@ceredigion.gov.uk who will triage your query to Porth Cymorth Cynnar.

Porth Cymorth Cynnar are also regularly updating resource lists which are available on the Ceredigion County Council website here: http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/coronavirus

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The latest on plastic free Ceredigion

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At its meeting held on 17 March, the Council’s Cabinet received an activity update from the Plastic Free Ceredigion Task and Finish Group, which was set up after full Council approved a motion on 22 February 2018.

Full Council approved the ‘Plastic Free campaigns throughout the County, including Plastic Free Aberporth and Plastic Free Aberystwyth’ motion to ensure that the Council helps to reduce the amount of single use plastics used in our day to day operations.

The motion involved a number of factors including; reducing single-use plastics within Council facilities and offices and encouraging local businesses, organisations, schools and communities to move away from single-use plastics and use sustainable alternatives. Promoting the use of sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics at all Council supported events, supporting beach cleans and any other events which aim to raise awareness of the issues of single-use plastics.

Since 22 February 2018, the Council have removed 5 single-use plastic that were used across the local authority, implemented projects in conjunction with NRW with local primary schools, worked closely with communities throughout Ceredigion and commenced the provision of Water bottle re-fills on request to all visitors to our public facing buildings.

In January 2020, the Schools Service were successful in bidding for funding from the Circular Economy Capital Fund, which allows for the purchasing of milk dispensers which will remove the need for the provision of plastic milk bottles and straws by 1,979 pupils at Foundation and Key Stage 2. This is equivalent to a reduction of 376,010 plastic milk bottles per school year.

Councillor Alun Williams, Member Champion for Sustainability said, “These are initiatives which, together, make a real difference to the amount of single-use plastics going into the waste stream from Council activities. Whilst it’s important that everyone seeks to minimise their use of single-use plastics, it’s particularly important that large organisations like councils take these kinds of actions because they can have a wider effect which, in turn, can lead to industry changing to more sustainable practices. Ceredigion Council is trying to lead the way in showing what’s possible within an organisation.”

This supports one of the Council’s corporate priority of Promoting Environmental and Community Resilience.

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