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Hywel Dda health board renal dialysis patients among first in UK to receive a COVID-19 vaccine

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Dialysis patients attending Bronglais, Glangwili and Withybush hospitals are among the first in-centre dialysis patients to receive their COVID-19 vaccine in the UK.

Since the start of the pandemic, people receiving renal dialysis treatment have lived in fear of COVID-19. Patients with kidney failure are considered extremely vulnerable to the virus, but they are unable to shield because must attend a dialysis unit regularly for life-saving treatment.

Furthermore, a high proportion are dependent on hospital transport, which also affects their ability to shield, and would have had trouble accessing community vaccination appointments because of their treatment schedules.

However, dialysis patients across South West Wales have now received their first dose in record time due to a delivery programme designed to vaccinate while attending regular dialysis sessions.

Speaking about their experience through the pandemic, one patient said, “We have lived in fear because people on dialysis who catch COVID are far more likely to become very unwell or die.”

Professor Chris Brown, Consultant Renal Pharmacist, said: “Data shows these patients have a much higher risk of death from Covid-19 than the general population.

Treatment for this group of patients has not stopped during the pandemic with over 1,200 dialysis treatments a week being provided by our reginal service in Hywel Dda and Swansea Bay university health boards.

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“Once we were given the go ahead for urgent rollout by the Hywel Dda vaccination team, we mobilised a team from the renal units to administer the vaccine to patients while they underwent their dialysis treatment.

“Renal pharmacists buddied with a specialist nurse at each of the region’s dialysis centres.

Chris said “Over 99% of patients consented to the vaccine which is extremely high and much higher than may have been expected.

“I believe this is due to the fact that the vaccine was being given by the staff who care for these people week in, week out and who understand their complex care needs.

“The delivery of the vaccine program was extremely effective. The team worked to get the first dose into people over a matter of days and not a single dose of the vaccine was wasted.’’

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“This demonstrated that, despite the challenges, administering vaccinations on dialysis units was possible.”

Delivering such an effective programme that included units across the rural areas in Hywel Dda demonstrated to other dialysis centres across the UK that they could follow suit.

Data from across the UK shows that once infected with COVID-19, a person receiving in-centre haemodialysis has a 1 in 5 risk of death within two weeks; far higher than the risk of death from COVID-19 in the general population which is under 1 in 200. This means a 30-year-old in-centre dialysis patient has the same risk of death if infected with COVID-19 as an 80-year-old in the general population.

Delyth Timmis, Senior Clinic Manager and Lead Renal Nurse at Glangwili Hospital’s renal unit, said: “When we were delivering the vaccine, one patient told me that being offered the vaccine in familiar surroundings was a big relief and that it felt like we were ‘injecting hope’ and helped them feel more protected.”

Owain Brooks, Renal Pharmacist, said: “We heard about their experience through the pandemic, one patient told me they have ‘lived in fear because people on dialysis who catch COVID are far more likely to become very unwell or die.’”

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Chris concluded: “The dedicated staff who make up this very special renal service have worked relentlessly throughout the pandemic and under significant pressure to care for people who rely on us. The vaccine programme offers much needed hope for better months ahead.”


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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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Women’s Tour of Britain returns to Carmarthenshire

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The countdown is on before the world’s top women riders will race through Carmarthenshire as part of the Women’s Tour of Britain.

Some 108 cyclists will race through the County to the finishing line on top of the Black Mountain between Llangadog and Brynamman as part of the stage five event on Friday, June 10.

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The route will be starting from Pembrey Country Park at 10.45am and riders competing for the title will go through Pinged, Carway, Pontyberem, Horeb, Llansawel, and Llangadog.

A rolling road closure will take place along the 65-mile route which will come into action at 10.45am until 1.50pm.

Roads will be re-opened once the cyclists have passed through. A full road closure will be in place over the Black Mountain from 5am-5pm.

The event will be broadcast on ITV4 and across Europe with a helicopter camera crew following the race.

The Women’s Tour departs on Monday, June 6, and coincides with the final day of a four-day Bank Holiday weekend in the UK to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. The race will culminate with a prestigious finale six days later on Saturday, June 11.

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Pembrey Country Park previously hosted the Grand Départ of the men’s Tour of Britain as well as the overall finish of the Women’s Tour in 2019.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Chief Executive, Wendy Walters said: “We are thrilled that we have again been chosen to host this top cycling event. Previous years have brought an immediate economic boost to the tourism sector as well as providing a great deal of positive media coverage.”

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Man banned from driving for 12 months for fishing offence

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A man from Merthyr Tydfil who travelled to the River Loughor, near Llanelli to fish using a barbaric and illegal method, has been banned from driving for 12 months as part of his sentence.

Vu Quang Tien pleaded guilty to an illegal fishing charge and also to a charge of obstruction of a Natural Resources Wales (NRW) Fisheries Enforcement Officer on 26 April at Swansea Magistrates Court.

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Mr Tien and two other anglers were witnessed by NRW Fisheries Enforcement Officers deliberately using the illegal foul hooking method of fishing – also known as snatching – at the river Loughor on 15 August 2021. NRW officers attended the site after several reports of illegal fishing were made to NRW’s 24/7 incident call centre by concerned members of the community.

When approached and questioned by NRW officers, Mr Tien and his accomplices showed significant hostility and reluctance to share identification documents which eventually had to be extracted by use of reasonable force.

All of Mr Tien’s fishing tackle and fish, along with his associates’ fishing tackle was seized by NRW Officers at the time of the incident. The district judge on the day at Swansea Magistrates Court gave permission to NRW to confiscate these items permanently from each of them.

The District Judge disqualified Mr Tien from driving for 12 months due to seriousness of the incident, and the premeditated and deliberate action of travelling such a distance to commit the offence.

He was also ordered to pay a total of £2,334 in fines, NRW costs and a victim surcharge.

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Mark Thomas, Fisheries Enforcement Officer for NRW, said: “We would like to again thank Dyfed Powys Police, the local communities and also the law-abiding anglers in the area for their continued support in reporting these illegal fishing activities.

“Foul hooking is a truly barbaric form of fishing carried out by a small minority of anglers in Wales, who have no regard for fish welfare.

“NRW and the Police take these incidents seriously as do the courts.

“Hopefully, the small minority of anglers who may in future, think of using any illegal fishing methods will take heed of the heavy fines and driving ban in this case issued by the courts.”

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