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COVID-19 patients isolated at Llandovery and Ammanford hospitals

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Hywel Dda University Health Board is closely monitoring the situation at Llandovery Community Hospital and Amman Valley Hospital, both in Carmarthenshire, where a number of patients have tested positive for COVID-19.

Patients at both sites are being cared for in isolation and according to COVID-19 and infection prevention guidelines, with appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment and social distancing.

However, a number of staff, including nurses, at both sites have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating. This has led to significant constraints on the workforce at both sites, which has meant sustaining both community nursing and community hospital services has been a challenge.

In response, Hywel Dda University Health Board, in consultation with community stakeholders, including local GPs and the Community Health Council, is developing plans for temporary contingency measures to ensure it can continue to provide safe care to patients. A final plan will be agreed on Monday 30th November.

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Jill Paterson, Director of Primary Care, Community and Long Term Care at Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “COVID-19 is a huge challenge affecting us in Hywel Dda UHB as it does other NHS organisations across the UK. “We are facing an urgent situation at Llandovery Community Hospital and Amman Valley Hospital, but I can assure patients, their families, and the local communities that any changes we make would be temporary and in the best interests of patients.

“While we acknowledge that we have staffing challenges, particularly as a result of COVID-19, our staff are working exceptionally hard to continue to provide the very best care given the difficult circumstances and I applaud their incredible efforts.”

Dr Granville Morris, from Amman Valley Hospital, said: “The wellbeing of patients is our number one priority so any decision made will be in their best interests. Our staff have worked tirelessly ever since the first positive COVID-19 case at Amman Valley Hospital, and I’m deeply proud of them.”

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 – a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – please stay at home and book a test through the UK portal.

(Lead Image: Amman Valley Hospital, Ammanford – Hywel Dda Health Board)

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Ashmole & Co Partner is top 20 fundraiser ahead of running next month’s London Marathon

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Running way beyond her fundraising target for the London Marathon is Carmarthenshire Ashmole & Co Partner, Laura Craddock. She has raised almost £18,000 (£8,000 more than her original target).

Laura is running the London Marathon on Sunday, 3 October, to help raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and local fundraising.

Laura was originally meant to run the London Marathon in April 2020. She had done her longest training run of 20 miles just days before the Prime Minister announced we were heading into a national lockdown and the Marathon had to be cancelled.

Laura’s younger brother, Leighton, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2010 at the age of 23. He underwent 15 months of gruelling treatment including a stem cell transplant, which he received on the Teenage Cancer Trust ward in Cardiff Hospital. Nine years on and he has made a full recovery.

Laura and Leighton have been named in the top 20 fundraisers for next month’s marathon. Laura said, “The ‘run-up’ to this marathon has taken a long time thanks to Covid-19 but I’m pleased that the event will be going ahead next month and we’re both fit and ready for it. Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported us get beyond our target of £10,000. To be the number 16 fundraiser in the top 20 for the event is an achievement in itself.

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“My family will always be indebted to the Teenage Cancer Trust for the life saving treatment my brother received. I would have been the last person you would say that could run the London marathon a few years ago and now I’ve trained for two!”

If you are able to make a donation to help Laura you can donate directly at the Ammanford Ashmole & Co office or donate via the Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Laura-Craddock1

Ashmole & Co Chartered and Certified Accountants have been established since 1897 and are one of the largest accountancies and auditing practices in Wales, operating from thirteen offices throughout South and West Wales including Swansea, Carmarthen, Haverfordwest, Abergavenny, Ammanford, Llandovery and Newcastle Emlyn.

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One Show presenter Alex Jones gives birth to baby daughter

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BBC presenter Alex Jones, originally from Ammanford, has given birth to her third child.

Announcing the birth on Instagram, Alex said the baby was “tiny but perfectly formed we are all beyond happy and besotted by her, especially Ted and Kit”.

She added: “Watching them with their brand new little sister is just the best and we can’t believe how lucky we are to have the 3 of them and to be a family of 5.

“It still doesn’t feel real!!! Thank you to everyone at the Queen Charlotte hospital for all your support again, especially super midwife Audrey.”

The baby, who’s name has not been revealed yet, was born on Saturday afternoon (21 August).

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Welsh speaking Alex has presented BBC’s flagship One Show since 2010.

(Lead image: BBC)

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Solar panels tackle climate change at Cwmgors Rugby Club

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Cwmgors kicked off the first game of the season by unveiling their new solar panels on the club house. The club are hoping the solar panels can provide an energy boost to the season.

The 30kW system cost £27,928 and was installed free of charge by Egni Co-op with funds from its Share Offer which has raised £4.49m to date.

Dorian Jones from the Club said: “We’re delighted to be one of the first rugby clubs in Wales to install solar and play our part in tackling climate change. We’ve all seen the news of wildfires in different part of Europe. Our club works with a lot of young people and we want to play our part on building a future fit for them.”

There are panels on the front and rear of the building which faces east – west. This means the roof gets the sun in the morning on the rear and on the front in the afternoon. The panels will reduce the club’s electrical consumption from the grid and their carbon emissions by 7,700 kg/year . It’s estimated the club will save £2,400 /year which helps the financial stability of the club as all sports venues are recovering from Covid.

Feasibility and development costs for the project were funded by the Rural Development Programme, the Welsh Government Energy Service and Sustainable Communities Wales.

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Dan McCallum, co-director of Egni Co-op said: “Cwmgors is the birthplace of the greatest rugby player of all time, Gareth Edwards, and it’s great that his home club is leading the way in reducing our carbon emissions.

“Egni Co-op has now raised £4.49m from Community Shares and is fast approaching its target of £4.6m. We want as many people to join us. Anyone can invest from £50 to play their part in tackling climate change. Please visit www.egni.coop for more info.

“We’re delighted that we’ve recently been able to pay our Members the 4% annual interest on their investment as per our Share Offer Document. Those Members include 44 schools where we’ve got solar panels. Egni Co-op is now the largest rooftop solar co-op in the UK which is a fantastic achievement for Wales.

“Other sports venues such as Merthyr Town Football Club have also installed solar with Egni and you can see a short film about it by double Bafta Cymru winner, Mike Harrison below.”

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