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Elin Jones AM fights to improve dentistry services in Ceredigion

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Elin Jones AM has responded to reports by the British Dental Association Wales that access to NHS Dentists in Ceredigion is at capacity, and that patients are at a loss trying to find an NHS dentist.

In April 2019, BDA Wales conducted a survey of all dental practices in Wales to determine access to NHS dentistry. Of the 7 practices in Ceredigion, none were accepting NHS Children or NHS children and young people with learning disabilities. There are also no practices accepting NHS adults, and none are accepting charge exempt NHS patients. Currently, all practices in Ceredigion are unable to treat any new NHS patients. However, the BDA also highlighted that in 2019, 86% of practices in Ceredigion were accepting private patients. This is higher than the average of 77%.

Responding, Elin Jones AM, said:

“Access to NHS dentists is now at breaking point in Ceredigion, and the way in which the NHS allocates funding for this service needs to be addressed urgently.

“While many of the Dental practices in Ceredigion may have the resources, they are unable to take on any new NHS patients due to the way the contract with the Welsh Government caps NHS patient numbers. If a practice sees more patients than their contract allows they do not get paid for the work and their business is penalised.

“It seems that practices are wary of taking on new NHS patients, not only because of this restrictive target, but also because new patients can often be high need and dentists do not get paid additional sums for a complex restoration in a single course of treatment.

“Meanwhile, I am also hearing of people struggling to get appointments for NHS dental services, and appointments being pushed back, sometimes months.

“The way in which the service is commissioned in Ceredigion needs to be urgently addressed, and I will be raising the urgency of that point with the Health Minister.”

Plaid Cymru AM and GP, Dr Dai Lloyd, who also chairs the National Assembly for Wales’s Health Committee said:

“Paying someone the same amount to deliver a course of treatment on a patient regardless of the amount of work involved makes little sense.

“These figures confirm that the current NHS contract arrangements for dentists simply aren’t working. The low number of practices taking on new NHS patients and the variation between different parts of Wales is a significant concern – people are not receiving the services that they need.

“The National Assembly’s Health Committee believes it is time to end the current arrangements and find a new way of making sure everyone in Wales has access to quality dental services regardless of where they are.”

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Parents warned to look out for respiratory illness in children

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RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season

RESPIRATORY Syncytial Virus (RSV) is circulating amongst children and toddlers in the Hywel Dda area (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire)  

Hywel Dda UHB Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive Dr Philip Kloer said: “Because of the COVID restrictions, there have been few cases of RSV during the pandemic, but this virus has returned and in higher numbers now people are mixing more.

“RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season, and causes very few problems to the majority of children.  However, very young babies, particularly those born prematurely, and children with heart or lung conditions, can be seriously affected and it’s important that parents are aware of the actions to take.”

Parents are being encouraged to look out for symptoms of severe infection in at-risk children, including:

*a high temperature of 37.8°C or above (fever)

*a dry and persistent cough, difficulty feeding, rapid or noisy breathing (wheezing).

The best way to prevent RSV is to wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser regularly, dispose of used tissues correctly, and to keep surfaces clean and sanitised.

Most cases of bronchiolitis are not serious and clear up within 2 to 3 weeks, but you should contact your GP or call NHS 111 if:

  • You are worried about your child.
  • Your child has taken less than half their usual amount during the last two or three feeds, or they have had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more.
  • Your child has a persistent high temperature of 37.8C or above.
  • Your child seems very tired or irritable.

Dial 999 for an ambulance if:

  • your baby is having difficulty breathing
  • your baby’s tongue or lips are blue
  • there are long pauses in your baby’s breathing
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New Quay RNLI rescues person cut off by the tide

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New Quay RNLI returning to station with two members of the Coastguard team

NEW Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched on service on Saturday September 11 following a report of a person cut off by the tide at Traeth Gwyn, New Quay. 

With three crew members on board the inshore lifeboat Audrey LJ it launched on service at 11.15am and did an extensive search of the beach before finding the casualty who had been cut off by the high spring tide.  

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said, “There was an initial confusion on the location of the casualty but an update from the New Quay Coastguard Rescue team, who had fought their way down from the cliff top through thick undergrowth, allowed us to locate the person. 

“We then transferred the casualty and two of the coastguard team onto the boat. We dropped the casualty off at Llanina Point and brought the two coastguard officers back to the lifeboat station. The inshore lifeboat was then rehoused and ready for service by 12.25pm. 

“Remember if you see if you see anyone in difficulty or you find yourself in trouble on the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.” 

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Ben Lake shows support for farmers on Back British Farming Day

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Ben Lake MP, said: “I’m proud to wear a pin badge today to show my support for Ceredigion’s fantastic farmers and growers.

BEN Lake MP has today shown support for British food and farming on Back British Farming Day, recognising the crucial role farmers in Ceredigion play in producing food for the nation.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) provided MPs with the emblem of the day – a wool and wheatsheaf pin badge – to enable them to join the celebration of agriculture. Food and farming is a key business sector, worth more than £120 billion to the UK economy and providing jobs for almost four million people.

The NFU chose the day to launch a new report which asks for Government to complete a comprehensive report on UK food security later this year, covering the country’s production of key foods and its contribution to global food security. This would be the first meaningful assessment of UK food security in over a decade.

Commenting, Ben Lake MP, said: “I’m proud to wear a pin badge today to show my support for Ceredigion’s fantastic farmers and growers. The day presents an opportunity to thank the farmers who feed us, as well as take care of our countryside and maintain our iconic Welsh landscapes.

“I fully support the campaign which is asking us all to value locally produced food. I will be calling on Government to adopt agricultural policies that ensure farming in Ceredigion can thrive and ensure our self-sufficiency does not fall below its current level of 60%, alongside a greater ambition in promoting Welsh food to aid UK food security.”

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