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Patients go home sooner thanks to specialist team – ABMU

Patients who are well enough can now leave hospital sooner after the expansion of a specialist team. Issues that are preventing discharge are identified and tackled by Morriston Hospital’s patient flow coordinators.

Working with colleagues across all departments in the Swansea hospital, they help speed up access to tests and assessments that have to be completed before patients can leave. They are also able to refer those who need extra assistance at home to social services and expedite transfers to other hospitals. Read more here.


Cardiff and Vale UHB develops multi-lingual resource to break down barriers to vaccinations amongst children

By making sure that you and your family are up-to-date with the vaccinations you are entitled to, you give yourselves the best chance of a healthier future. To help with this, we’ve developed a useful postcard resource which summarises the national routine immunisation schedule. This follows work undertaken with local communities which identified reasons why some children are not up-to-date with their vaccinations.

 The postcards are available in thirteen languages to reflect the needs of our local population. The languages include: Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, English, Farsi, French, Polish, Portuguese, Somali, Sorani, Tigrinya, Urdu, and Welsh. The postcards will be available in GP surgeries, schools, from health visitors, and in many other locations, making them accessible to parents and carers across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. All of the postcards can be viewed online here. Read more about the scheme here.


Care home diabetes project improves outcomes for residents – CTUHB

Care home staff improved their knowledge and confidence in managing people living with diabetes in a project run in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil. A collaboration between the nutrition and dietetics department and the diabetes nursing team in Cwm Taf set up education sessions for care staff and checked the impact these had on residents with diabetes six months later. Find out more here.


Physician Associates:  A forward-looking step for NHS Wales – HEIW

 The Physician Associate (PA) role is bringing real benefits to patient care across Wales. Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) currently commissions a two-year Physician Associate Studies MSc training programme from Swansea and Bangor Universities, with successful candidates having originally graduated in science- or health-based undergraduate degrees. Read more here.


'Midwife calling’ - Hywel Dda to receive special delivery of new standardised home birth bags

Community midwives across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire will be taking part in a national trail of home delivery bags thanks to charity Baby Lifeline.  Hywel Dda University Health Board is the only Welsh health board to have been selected for this pilot.


More Success for the Powys Healthy Schools and Pre-Schools Team

 Public Health Wales and Powys Teaching Health Board continue to strive to ensure children have the best start in life through our vibrant healthy schools and healthy pre-schools programmes. The Healthy Schools and Pre-Schools Team, part of the Powys Local Public Health Team, supports schools and pre-schools to promote the health and wellbeing of children in Powys.  So far in 2018/19, two schools have been awarded the top award in the Healthy Schools Scheme and 17 pre-schools settings have achieved the Gold award in the local Bach a Iach scheme. Read more about the scheme here.


2019 Health Board and Trust Achievement Beat Flu Award – Public Health Wales

Public Health Wales is pleased to have won the 2019 Health Board and Trust Achievement Beat Flu Award. The Beat Flu Awards recognise, reward and celebrate some of the hard work and dedication that goes into building a successful influenza campaign. In previous years, the Public Health Wales staff influenza campaign has been delivered by an external provider. In 2017/18, uptake of the flu vaccine in all staff groups fell from previous levels, resulting in end of season uptake being 51% and 48% in general and frontline staff respectively, well below the 60% target set by Welsh Government. As a result of robust evaluation it was decided to take ownership of the immunisation campaign leading to an increase to 60% for all staff and 64% in front line staff for the 2018/19 season.


£2 million funding boost for head and neck cancer research in Cardiff – Velindre

The funding will go towards the PATHOS trial - a study that focuses on cancers caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) virus. Anthony Butt from Penderyn took part in the trial in 2016. Read the article here.


High Sheriff of Gwent’s Commendation Event for Volunteers who have made an Outstanding Contribution to Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

New overnight ‘hub’ to open at Ysbyty Alltwen to bring care closer to patients’ homes – BCUHB

Young Achiever of the Year Control Room Award – WAST

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