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Community volunteers open first ‘Leg Club’ in Cwm Taf to avoid hospital visits

Nursing staff are taking a wound clinic into the community as part of a new Leg Club in the Rhondda. The Lindsay Leg Club Foundation supports leg clubs around the UK with the aim of providing community-based treatment, and care for people of all age groups who suffer with leg-related problems.

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Midwife-led influenza immunisation phased implementation launched in Powys

In October 2018 the maternity service in Powys commenced a midwife-led influenza immunisation programme. This year sees a phased implementation of the programme taking place for women registered with the Newtown, Glyndwr (Knighton) and Ithon (Llandrindod wells and Builth Wells) teams. Pregnant women registered with these teams are being encouraged to access their flu vaccine from the midwives. If this is not convenient for them then they are still able to access the vaccine through their GP or local participating pharmacy.

Pregnant women registered with the remaining midwifery teams across Powys are being encouraged to access the vaccine through their GP or participating pharmacy for this flu season. It is anticipated that if the phased implementation is successful that midwives will become the default provider for flu vaccination of all pregnant women across Powys from 2019/20 flu season.

Blood Supply Chain 2020 initiative reaches milestone with delivery of 7 Day Platelets – Velindre

A milestone has been reached in the work of the Blood Supply Chain 2020 initiative with 7 day Platelets being routinely issued for the first time to hospitals across Wales.  For the team who’ve been working hard on this project, for the past 12 months or so, this is a big deal which will benefit patients requiring blood platelets and the hospitals who rely on them. Here’s a brief explanation.

Innovative App Introduced to Help Cardiac Survival – WAST

GoodSAM is a pioneering app and web based platform, which alerts trained and verified Responders to nearby medical emergencies, helping to radically reduce death from life-threatening illnesses such as cardiac arrest.

Evidence shows that response time is a critical factor in cardiac arrest and being able to alert volunteer GoodSAM Responders to quickly attend nearby emergencies, in support of the Ambulance service, will help to save lives.  The GoodSAM system works by asking our Staff and Community First Responders, to sign up as volunteer GoodSAM Responders.  When a life threatening medical emergency call is received in our Control Room or through the GoodSAM app, an alert is sent to up to three GoodSAM Responders who are nearest the incident asking them to attend the scene.  The GoodSAM Responders are also able to determine the location of the nearest defibrillator through the GoodSAM AED Registry.

Read more about it here.

Topping out ceremony at state-of-the-art palliative care unit in Cwm Taf a year since spades went into the ground

First steps towards maternity project as work starts on site in Hywel Hda

New Corwen Health Centre ready to open in Betsi Cadwaladr   

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