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Welsh Government aims to 'reduce the burden' of cancer on people's lives

The Welsh Government say it's committed to helping people affected by cancer by offering patients the opportunity to access financial advice.

It comes after the charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, found one in four cancer patients in Wales are being hit with the cost of cancer.

A cancer diagnosis can have a financial impact on patients and their families, which is why we are trying to reduce the burden of the disease on people's lives - patients benefit from free prescriptions and free hospital car parking in Wales.

Our Cancer Delivery Plan makes clear our commitment to people affected by cancer being offered the opportunity to access financial advice. Every cancer patient should have access to a key worker. The guidance for this role clearly sets out their function in supporting people to access advice and services to meet the clinical and non clinical needs of individuals.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

'Infection control measures in place' as flu hits hospitals

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Three hospitals have implemented infection control procedures against the spread of flu.

Tonna Hospital in Neath, Llynfi Ward in Maesteg Hospital and Ward G in Neath Port Talbot Hospital have cases of confirmed or suspected flu.

So far, 13 patients and four ABMU staff members have been confirmed with Influenza A with four of these patients transferred to acute hospitals.

Another 31 patients and 22 staff are also displaying flu-like symptoms, but this does not automatically mean they have flu.

It is vital that anyone who falls into the at-risk groups have their flu jab straight away, as it is evident that flu is circulating in the community and people are getting really ill from it.

Flu is much more than just a heavy cold. In some cases flu can be fatal.

– Dr Sara Hayes, ABMU’s Director of Public Health


A+E departments are focus for NHS Wales boss's winter plans

Ambulances outside the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport Credit: ITV Wales

The Chief Executive of the NHS in Wales has outlined how health boards are planning to cope with added winter pressures.

Among the areas Dr Andrew Goodall is keen to focus on is A+E, where many people go even if they don't have serious medical needs.

ITV Wales Health Correspondent, Rob Osborne, is outside the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport and sent these pictures.

Ambulances outside the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport Credit: ITV Wales
Ambulances outside the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport Credit: ITV Wales

NHS Wales boss says further operations could be cancelled

The Chief Executive of NHS Wales has warned that there is a risk more operations will be cancelled this winter - as the service works to meet demand.

In an interview with ITV Wales, Dr Andrew Goodall said patients who have their operations cancelled should try and understand that this is done 'for the right reasons at that time'.

NHS Wales boss: Demand 'can make it difficult to deliver all services at all times'

The chief executive of NHS Wales has warned that high demand on the Welsh NHS during winter can adversely affect services.

Emergency and urgent care services will inevitably experience high levels of demand during the winter months, which can make it difficult for NHS Wales services to deliver all services at all times.

I’m urging the people of Wales to choose well this winter and to only call 999 or attend A&E in a genuine emergency.

– Dr Andrew Goodall, Chief executive of NHS Wales
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