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£7.6m for mental health services

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The Welsh Government says it is investing an extra £7.6m every year in mental health services for children and young people in Wales.

The additional funding will help improve specialist child and adolescent mental health services’ (CAMHS) ability to respond out of hours and at times of crisis; expand access to psychological therapies for young people; improve provision for children and young people in local primary mental health support services and ensure services intervene early to meet the needs of young people who develop psychosis.

A considerable amount of work is now underway to move CAMHS forward. I have always been clear that money alone is not the answer for all the challenges facing the NHS, but the changes we are seeking to make to these services are the most significant for many years and ensuring appropriate resources are available will help to achieve the right outcomes for children and young people

– Mark Drakeford AM, Health and Social Services Minister

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Health board: TB 'worrying for parents - but risk is low'

The Director of Public Health at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg health board says tuberculosis is "naturally worrying for any parent" - but stressed that the risk is low.

Health checks are being offered to babies who were in Singleton Hospital's neonatal unit between January and March this year following a confirmed case of TB.

The safety of the babies is our priority. Although the infection level and the risk of spreading are very low we want to ensure everyone is safe and well.

The families of babies who were in the unit at the same time as the confirmed case have been contacted directly by their GP or health visitor.

They have also been given a letter inviting them to book an outpatients appointment for their baby to be seen by a senior paediatrician and tested for TB.

We appreciate that although the risk is low this is naturally worrying for any parent.

– Dr Sara Hayes, ABMU Director of Public Health

Checks offered to some Swansea babies after TB case

Health checks are being offered to some babies in the Swansea area after a case of the bacterial infection tuberculosis was confirmed.

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board said babies who were in Singleton Hospital's neonatal unit between January and March this year are being offered precautionary checks.

Health checks are being offered to babies who were in Singleton Hospital's neonatal unit earlier this year after a confirmed case of tuberculosis. Credit: ITV News

The health board said the confirmed case of TB is not highly infectious so the possibility of the infection having spread is very low.

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New research finds babies should wake at night

New research from Swansea University challenges the idea that babies should be sleeping through the night.

715 mums were questioned in the study. Credit: Uli Deck/DPA/Press Association Images

The study led by the Department of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences asked mothers with a baby aged 6 - 12 months how often their child woke in the night and whether they fed their baby when it did.

The findings firstly showed that more than three quarters of babies at this age still regularly woke at least once in the night with six out of ten having at least one milk feed during the night.

The study also showed that although mums who were breastfeeding tended to feed their baby more at night, there was no difference in the number of times babies woke up dependent on whether they were breast or formula fed, how many feeds they had in the day or how many solid meals they ate.

The findings are very interesting as they firstly challenge the idea that babies should be sleeping through the night once they are past a few weeks old and secondly that what you feed babies will help their sleep. There is a common belief that formula milk or giving more solid foods will help your baby sleep better and this study shows this isn’t true.

– Dr Amy Brown, MSc Child Public Health

New plan in place to improve autism services in Wales

A new one-year plan is being put in place to improve autism services in Wales.

The plan will improve the process of diagnosing autism in children, young people and adults across Wales.

Families who have been on the waiting list for up to seven years say an improvement in diagnosing the condition is much needed.

"I'm very pleased to announce a number of new measures to improve the process of diagnosing children, young people and adults with ASD and the services available to support them. This plan, which is backed by more than £600,000 funding from the Welsh Government, sets out what we want to achieve over the next 12 months and its outcomes will inform decisions about longer-term goals."

– Mark Drakeford AM, Health Minister

The Welsh Government is also investing £2m to develop specific services to better diagnose and support young people with ADHD and ASD.

They're hoping this will reduce waiting times in specialist child and adolescent mental health services so those with highest levels of clinical need are seen in a more timely manner.

"We're also making a £2m investment to develop specific services to better diagnose and support young people with ADHD and ASD. This will cut waiting times in specialist child and adolescent mental health services so those with highest levels of clinical need are seen in a more timely manner."

– Mark Drakeford AM, Health Minister
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