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New orthodontic service brings care closer to home

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Patients will be allocated to the Practice from the waiting list based on their clinical need for NHS orthodontic treatment.

HYWEL Dda University Health Board is pleased to announce that from November 1, orthodontic services for North Ceredigion and Lampeter area patients will be provided closer to home.

Residents who live in SY and SA48 postcodes areas will now be able to receive their treatment at My Dentist in Lampeter rather than travelling to Carmarthen.

Jill Paterson, Director of Primary Care, Community Services and Long Term Care for Hywel Dda University Health Board said: “This is an exciting development within the North Ceredigion area and the Practice and health board look forward to the commencement of this service. 

“This new contract will enable patients from the area to access orthodontic care closer to home which is something that the health board has been working to achieve for some time.

“We would like to thank prospective patients for their support in adhering to the above process which will ensure that all patients can be assessed and supported as soon as possible.”

Patients already on the orthodontic waiting list do not need to take any further action. 

Patients should not to contact the Practice directly with waiting list queries. Anyone with questions about the waiting list should phone 01267 229696 or email  HDHB.Dental.hdd@wales.nhs.uk.  

Patients will be allocated to the Practice from the waiting list based on their clinical need for NHS orthodontic treatment.

The Practice will be operating to national guidance to ensure patient and staff safety. This means that they will be using appropriate PPE which will have an impact on the number of patients the Practice is able to safely see each day and therefore there may be some additional delays in accessing care.

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Council makes available wellbeing and mental health support for social care providers

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The programme will run until March 2022

IN RECOGNITION of the important work of the social care sector and impact of the Covid pandemic on social care providers and their staff, Ceredigion County Council has made available a programme of wellbeing and mental health support sessions.

The programme consists of Wellbeing and Mental health Awareness, Mental Health First Aid (Adults and Youth) and also offers facilitated support sessions.

The programme of events will run from December through to March 2022.

Any social care provider, carer or personal assistant can request more information or book a place on these sessions by emailing Dysgu@ceredigion.gov.uk

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Information on the All Wales Avian Influenza Prevention Zone

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Keepers with more than 500 birds will also be required to take extra biosecurity measures

ON NOVEMBER 1 2021, the Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales confirmed a case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in a small backyard flock of chickens in Wrexham. This was following a case at a wild bird rescue centre in Worcestershire on the 27 October 2021.

A risk assessment has been prepared in light of these findings, and on 01 November, the UK risk level for disease incursion in wild birds was raised from medium to high. Additionally, the risk to poultry has been increased from low to medium, where biosecurity is inadequate. Effective biosecurity measures play a vital part in helping to reduce this risk. 

Prevention Zone

As a precautionary measure, in response to the increased risk level and to mitigate the risk of infection to poultry and other captive birds by wild birds, it has been declared that an all Wales Avian Influenza Prevention Zone, under Article 6 of the Avian Influenza and Influenza of Avian Origin in Mammals (Wales) (No. 2) Order 2006 has been put into place. The Prevention Zone applies from 17:00 on 03 November 2021.

From 00:01 on 8 November 2021, no gatherings of poultry, galliforme or anseriform birds are permitted. Galliforme birds include pheasants, partridge, quail, chickens, turkey and guinea fowl. Anseriform birds include ducks, geese and swans. See the following guidance for more information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/bird-gatherings-licences

The Prevention Zone will require all keepers of poultry and other captive birds, irrespective of how they are kept, to take appropriate and practicable steps, including:

  • Ensure the areas where birds are kept are unattractive to wild birds, for example, by netting ponds and by removing wild bird food sources;
  • Feed and water your birds in enclosed areas to discourage wild birds;
  • Minimise movement of people in and out of bird enclosures;
  • Clean and disinfect footwear and keep areas where birds live clean and tidy;
  • Reduce any existing contamination by cleansing and disinfecting concrete areas, and fencing off wet or boggy areas.
  • Keep domestic ducks and geese separate from other poultry.

Keepers with more than 500 birds will also be required to take extra biosecurity measures, including restricting access to non-essential people, changing clothing and footwear before entering bird enclosures and cleaning and disinfecting vehicles.

This Avian Influenza Prevention Zone will remain in place until a reduction in risk levels indicates it is no longer required. The Zone will be kept under regular review.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd, Ceredigion County Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for Finance and Public Protection Services, said: “We strongly encourage all poultry keepers, even those with fewer than 50 birds, to sign up to the Poultry Register. This will ensure you can be contacted immediately, via email or text update, in an avian disease outbreak, enabling you to protect your flock at the earliest opportunity.”

Further information

The following link provides guidance on how to register your flock: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/poultry-including-game-birds-registration-rules-and-forms

Information on the requirements of the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone, guidance and latest developments will be available on the Welsh Government website: https://gov.wales/avian-influenza

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Join the team that’s changing lives in Ceredigion

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Royal Voluntary Service in Ceredigion is encouraging more people in the area to discover the joys of volunteering

ROYAL Voluntary Service in Ceredigion is encouraging more people in the area to discover the joys of volunteering whilst keeping their local community healthy and happy. 

The Royal Voluntary Service has been providing invaluable support to people in need in Ceredigion both before and during the coronavirus pandemic. With the support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the charity and its volunteers are able to improve health and wellbeing, resilience, confidence and connections of some of Ceredigion’s most vulnerable people.

One of the ways in which local volunteers are improving the lives of people in Ceredigion is by offering Community Transport to help them stay active, independent and social, perhaps by driving them to a community club, an appointment, or taking them home after a stay in hospital. 

People are also being encouraged to sign up for a new Emergency Response Volunteer role, to form a team of standby volunteers who will be ready to come to the aid of their communities and their NHS when urgent needs arise. However, it’s not just the people on the receiving end of the support that benefit from volunteering.

As a result of donating their time, Royal Voluntary Service volunteers report better physical health; mental health and wellbeing, with 81% of pandemic volunteers reporting an improvement in this*; new skills and work experience; and a sense of connection to others in their community. In a recent report more than a third (38%) of Royal Voluntary Service volunteers said that volunteering has also improved their confidence**.

More volunteers are needed to continue providing life changing support to vulnerable and isolated people in Ceredigion as we head into autumn. Royal Voluntary Service is encouraging anyone that wants to make a positive difference to their community and experience the countless benefits of volunteering to step forward and find out about roles in their area at royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/volunteering.

Karyn Morris, Commissioned Service Operations Manager for Royal Voluntary Service in Ceredigion said: “The feedback we get from the people that we support is often that the help of our service and our volunteers is a real lifeline for them. Our volunteers are changing and improving people’s lives in Ceredigion every day. They volunteer completely selflessly, but it’s incredible to see how much their service changes their lives too. If you’d like to join our close-knit team of amazing volunteers, any time you can offer will go a long way to supporting your community and you’ll meet some fantastic people along the way.”

Laura Chow, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said:  “Volunteering your time is one of the best things you can do for your community and for yourself. The numerous benefits of volunteering work both ways. By stepping forward this autumn, not only will volunteers be helping those that need extra support to get through the toughest months, but they’ll be boosting their own physical and mental health and wellbeing too.”

Royal Voluntary Service is one of Britain’s largest volunteering charities with volunteers supporting the NHS and thousands of vulnerable people in the community. During the crisis the charity has delivered the NHS Volunteer Responders programme for NHS England enabled by the GoodSAM app with volunteers responding to over 2 million requests for support so far. The charity has also worked in local communities through the crisis running home libraries, companionship support, home from hospital services and patient transport. Its Virtual Village Hall provides live classes and tutorials on Facebook to promote well-being and keep people active and occupied through the pandemic.

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