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Temporary transfer of patients from Llandovery Community Hospital to Amman Valley Hospital

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Hywel Dda University Health Board (HDUHB) has announced it will transfer all patients currently being treated at Llandovery Community Hospital, in Llandovery, to Amman Valley Hospital, in Ammanford.

HDUHB approved the temporary measure after considering a number of options, and following close consultation with community stakeholders, including local GPs, the Community Health Council and elected officials. The move will mean there will be no inpatients at Llandovery Community Hospital.

At present, both hospitals are caring for COVID-19 positive patients in isolation and according to infection prevention guidelines, with appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment and social distancing.

However, a number of staff, including nurses, at the two hospitals 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.

The transfer of patients will begin this week. There will be no increased risk to any patients at Amman Valley Hospital, as all COVID-19 patients will continue to be treated under strict isolation conditions.

The decision to move patients to Amman Valley Hospital is due to it having a greater capacity to care for patients than Llandovery Community Hospital. Following the transfer, Llandovery Community Hospital will undergo a deep clean and re-open as a COVID-19 free facility (Green site). The hospital is expected to re-open in early January once staffing levels have returned to normal. HDUHB will monitor the situation and update the public ahead of time.

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Jill Paterson, Director of Primary Care, Community and Long Term Care for Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “The safety and wellbeing of our patients is of paramount importance, so this decision has been made after due consideration was given to a number of options. Ultimately, this is a clinical decision taken in the best interests of patients, at a time when there is an unprecedented pressure on the service.

“The staffing challenges meant it is not possible to sustain care to patients at both sites. By consolidating resources at one site, we will maintain safer staffing levels. This is the best option to ensure all patients receive the highest standards of care.

“Additionally, the move to one site will provide the added benefit of easing pressure at our acute sites, because as staff who are currently self-isolating return to work, they will be able to support patients at our other hospitals.

“I can assure the communities of both Llandovery and Ammanford that this is a temporary measure and we fully intend to re-open Llandovery Community Hospital in early January.”


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Leading insurance broker announces new sponsorship deal with Ammanford Cricket Club

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One of the UK’s leading independent insurance brokers, Towergate Insurance Brokers, has teamed up with Ammanford Cricket Club for their current season.

The partnership sees Towergate Insurance Brokers sponsor the upcoming Premier League match at home against Neath on 30 July, receiving exclusive access to one of the club balconies for 12 invited guests, featuring in the coin toss and appearing on the website and in match day programmes.

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In return, Towergate Insurance Brokers is providing essential funds to help cover the costs of running the club, maintaining the playing surface and ground at Ammanford Park, as well as donating two prizes of fourball golf at St. Pierre and Machynys for the club’s charity day which takes place later in the season.

Ammanford Cricket Club runs three senior sides on a Saturday, Cup teams on a Sunday and a midweek side, in addition to ten junior mixed teams, two girls’ teams and Friday evening All-Stars programme. They are focused on developing grass roots cricket, having over 150 juniors registered with the club.

Their first team plays in the South Wales Premier League and is captained by Alun Evans, ex-Glamorgan, and NZ Northern Districts player, for the 13th year running. They also have two allocated Glamorgan players available to their squad, Billy Root and Andrew Salter.

Peter Davies, Club Chair, said: “We’re really pleased to have Towergate Insurance Brokers on board as a sponsor this season, supporting our club as we continue to grow stronger after the pandemic.

“Towergate is well known here in south west Wales and have strong links with the sporting world, so having an association with such a large company will hopefully help enhance the wider attraction of the club.”

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Howard Phillips, Account Executive, at Towergate Insurance Brokers, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Ammanford Cricket Club this season, helping them continue to provide cricketing opportunities to so many in the town.

“This partnership was a natural fit for us as we have a lot of expertise in providing insurance to sporting clubs and associations, having worked with the Cardiff Devils and West Wales Rugby Union already this year.

“We look forward to watching the first team in the South Wales Premier League, particularly seeing Andrew Salter and Billy Root in action, and wish them the very best for the rest of the season.”

Towergate Insurance Brokers, which has over 60 offices nationwide, has a strong Welsh presence and a long-standing relationship with sporting teams across the country, having sponsored ice hockey team the Cardiff Devils since 2019.

(Lead image: Ammanford Cricket Club)

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Man who filmed rape of Ammanford woman on victim’s phone jailed for 10 years

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A man who filmed himself raping a woman on his victim’s phone has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Cameron Hassan, aged 31, of no fixed abode, attacked the woman, raping her as she slept in Ammanford on 21 August 2021.

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Hassan, who was midway through his trial at Swansea Crown Court after denying any wrongdoing, changed his plea to guilty after the jury was shown the video of the attack.

He was back before Swansea Crown Court today and was sentenced to 10 years in prison .

Senior Investigating Officer DI Melanie Havard said the victim had shown great strength and determination throughout the investigation and trial.

“I must commend her tremendous courage in coming forward and the tenacity shown throughout the investigation,” she said.

“We appreciate this is not easy for anyone to do but the victim has expressed her gratitude to the officer in the case for her support and empathy throughout this process.

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“We hope this case demonstrates that Dyfed-Powys Police acts on serious allegations such as rape and sexual assault with officers working tirelessly to secure justice for victims.

“If you are suffering because of similar abuse, please contact the police, or if you would rather speak to someone in confidence, New Pathways are an independent charity that will support you through every step of the investigation.”

New Pathways can be contacted at 01685 379 310 or email enquiries@newpathways.org.uk

You can report it to Dyfed-Powys Police online, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101.

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Man who filmed rape on Ammanford victim’s phone changes plea mid trial

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A man who filmed himself raping an Ammanford woman on his victim’s phone has changed his plea to guilty midway through his trial.

Cameron Hassan, aged 31, of no fixed abode, attacked the woman, raping her as she slept on 21 August 2021.

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Hassan had been on trial at Swansea Crown Court after denying any wrongdoing. However, after the jury was shown the video of the attack and hearing the victim was going to give evidence yesterday (Tuesday, 10 May), Hassan changed his plea to guilty.

Investigating Officer DC Sophie Lambert from Dyfed Powys Police said the victim had shown great strength and determination throughout the investigation.

“I must commend her tremendous courage in coming forward and the tenacity shown throughout the investigation,” she said.

“We hope this case demonstrates that Dyfed-Powys Police acts on serious allegations such as rape and sexual assault with officers working tirelessly to secure justice for victims.

“If you are suffering because of similar abuse, please contact the police, or if you would rather speak to someone in confidence, New Pathways are an independent charity that will support you through every step of the investigation.”

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New Pathways can be contacted at 01685 379 310 or email enquiries@newpathways.org.uk

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