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Top award for designer of harness for mums-to-be

Dafydd, the harness and wife Ruth.

A medical harness designed by a North Wales businessman to help pregnant women combat acute pelvic pain has won a top industry innovation award.

The revolutionary harness is for women suffering intense pelvic girdle pain (PGP), also called symphysis pubic dysfunction.

Dafydd Roberts, from Pentrfoelas, has been working with medics from Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) since designing the special support girdle to help his wife Ruth during her fourth pregnancy.

It's scooped the Judges Award in the MediWales Research & Innovation Award ceremony.

It’s quite an honour to receive the award. We really didn’t expect to win as it’s a relatively simple idea but a lot of hard work has been put in by so many health professionals and this success is testament to everyone’s ongoing commitment.

Up to now, we’ve opted for a soft launch really just to see how people respond to it. We’ve sold some online and we’ve had very positive feedback.

Things are now moving pretty quickly. The trials are ongoing at the moment across all sites at the BCUHB. We’re getting quite a bit of interest without really pushing the product. Once we know the outcome of the trial we will get a much better idea.

– Dafydd Roberts


Sudden cardiac arrest kills one young person a fortnight in Wales

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A young person, under the age of 35, dies every fortnight in Wales from sudden cardiac death, often because of an undiagnosed or undetected inherited heart condition.

British Heart Foundation Cymru are investing £2.3 million in Swansea University research to help reduce the number of premature deaths caused by sudden cardiac arrest.

The research is focused on better understanding the faulty genes that cause inherited heart conditions.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters in Wales, we are able to fund this vital research that looks to prevent the premature deaths of children and young people. We urgently need to fund more research to better understand these heart conditions, make more discoveries, develop new treatments and save more lives.

– Ruth Combs, Head of BHF Cymru

ABMU Health Board staff to strike over pay offer

Staff working in sterilisation and disinfection units will go on strike next week. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Staff working in sterilisation and disinfection units at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board hospitals are to strike over pay.

Union members will walk out for 48 hours next Wednesday and Thursday (February 22 and 23), in a dispute over the health board's pay offer, which they describe as 'unsatisfactory.' A strike at the beginning of this month was called off.

Staff are calling for equal pay with colleagues doing the same jobs in other hospitals across Wales.

We want to bring this dispute to a conclusion as swiftly as possible and have suggested a series of compromise proposals to the health board. Strike action planned for early February was suspended in good faith to consider the board’s offer. What the employer presented as a reasonable deal falls well short on making good the additional £1,900 a year people earn at a neighbouring health board doing the same job, with the same responsibilities.

By selling the deal as something it was not, sterilisation unit workers feel they have been duped by the board. Being treated in such an off-hand manner has made them even angrier and they have decided to escalate their strike action. These healthcare workers just want to be paid what they deserve.

– Mark Turner UNISON regional organiser

96% of participating staff in the hospital sterilisation and disinfection units at Morriston, Neath Port Talbot and Princess of Wales hospitals voted in favour of industrial action.


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