• Mid and West Wales Regional AMs Joyce Watson and Eluned Morgan are encouraging constituents to take part in a new survey aimed at helping the NHS plan for the future.

    The Health Wise Wales Survey is a confidential study that aims to track the health of people living in Wales.

    Members of the public are being asked to provide simple information online via the Health Wise Wales website or over the telephone. The public will contribute their information for researchers to undertake health and social care Research and Development in Wales.

    Residents can register to take part in the survey by visiting https://www.healthwisewales.gov.wales/homepage/ or call 0800 9 172 172 (08:00-19:00 Monday-Friday)

    When they agree to take part, they will be asked to provide an email address and choose a password. Once people have joined, they will be asked to answer some questions about their lifestyle, health and wellbeing on the study website.

    Joyce Watson said, “Accurate information on the state of people’s health in Wales is invaluable to our health service.

    “I would urge all residents to check out the Health Wise Wales website – www.healthwisewales.gov.wales and take part in this innovative research”

    Eluned Morgan said, “Building a clear picture of how patients’ needs are changing means we can start working now to ensure the NHS is ready to deal with the challenges of the future. We know that people are living longer but their health needs are more complex. This research allows us to accurately track health difficulties and inequalities and design services around people’s health needs.”

    If residents would prefer not to take part online they can call 0800 9 172 172 (08:00-19:00 Monday-Friday)

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  • A year-round minor illnesses and injuries service for Tenby has been given the green light by health bosses.

    The walk-in service, led by advanced nurse practitioners, will be based at the town’s Cottage Hospital building and will be run in collaboration with the Tenby GP practice which is next door.

    It is hoped that the full service will be up and running by the summer. In the meantime, an interim service will be put in place over the Easter period.

    The Hywel Dda University Health Board (UHB) agreed at its meeting last week to support the development of the new service.

    It follows a review of the successful 10-day pilot that ran last Easter.

    Said Jill Paterson, the UHB’s interim director of commissioning, primary care and therapies and health sciences: “The health board is pleased to announced the decision to commission this new service in Tenby. While there are some practical arrangements to address, such as staff recruitment, we hope that the full service will be operational by the summer.”

    Local health watchdogs, the South East Pembrokeshire Community Health Network (SEPCHN) had previously written to UHB chair Bernardine Rees expressing concern at the delay in bringing in the service.

    SEPCHN chairman Mansel Thomas said there were still issues that needed resolving, and he had requested a “detailed report for the Tenby public” from the board.

    Labour AM for Mid and West Wales Eluned Morgan says the setting up of an implementation board which will include members of the local community sends the right message about ensuring that services are as local to communities as possible.

    Mrs Morgan said: “This is just the sort of innovative collaboration between Primary Care and Community Services that myself and my Labour colleagues in South Pembrokeshire have been calling for.

    “It ensures that, once again, patients will get the care they need quickly without the need to travel long distances.

    “I’m pleased that the Health Board will involve the local community, who have campaigned for so long to see a sustainable service developed for local patients. This is something Labour supported local health campaigners on over the last few years, arranging for the Health Minister to visit Tenby last year to hear local concerns for himself”.

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  • “It’s timely that the Education Secretary is visiting the school this week. It’s both an opportunity for her to see the difference great investment in our schools makes, and it’s also an opportunity for her to look at some of the issues that can arise between schools and the local council. As we know, there’s been a problem in Pembrokeshire over secondary school reorganisation in particular, and with standards at some schools. Despite the incredible efforts by dedicated teachers in Pembrokeshire, Pembrokeshire Council needs to seriously up its game in terms of driving up standards”.

    Tenby School

  • I was very concerned to hear that Mainport Engineering in Pembroke Dock has gone into administration.  It is very disappointing news for the region, and extremely bad news for the employees. It’s crucial that we attract and maintain investment in West Wales which offers the opportunity for our young people in particular to be able to look forward to highly skilled and well paid jobs. Today we have had an assurance from the Minister that practical measures will be put in place to support the workforce affected - I’ve been exploring whether we should come up with a more bespoke economic development model. One which best meets the very specific needs of West Wales.

    Mainport Engineering