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Nurse caught stealing patients' cash in police sting

A nurse was caught stealing money from sleeping patients in a police "sting" using marked bank notes. Carol Owen, 42, was found with patients' bank notes which police had marked with invisible water at Singleton Hospital, Swansea.

Owen was arrested for theft - and told officers she took the money "because it was there".

The nurse was working shifts at this Swansea hospital Credit: ITV News

Health chiefs at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg worked with South Wales Police to narrow down who was working the shifts when the thefts were happening.

An ABMU spokeswoman said a sting was set up using marked bank notes in a patient's locker to catch the health worker.

A sting operation was then put in place by police using marked cash, and this resulted in a healthcare support worker being arrested. We can only apologise to the victims of these thefts, and the distress this former employee's actions have undoubtedly caused.

– Abertawe Bro Morgannwg

Owen, of Swansea, pleaded guilty at Swansea magistrates' court to stealing £35. Owen was ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work in the community, and was told to pay £85 in costs and a £60 surcharge.


NHS bosses agree to meet with campaigners over maternity row

Executives at The Betsi Cadwaladr health board have agreed to meet with campaigners trying to halt plans to end doctor led maternity services at Glan Clwyd Hospital.

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The agreement came at the end of a public meeting in St Asaph Cathedral attended by more than 300 people.

The trust say they have no alternative to the plan which would see specialist services based in Bangor and Wrexham for a 12 month period. The Trust say services would then be reinstated at Glan Clwyd.

However their assurances failed to reassure many at the meeting who said they had lost confidence in the trust's decision making.

North Wales NHS bosses face public over maternity care

North Wales NHS bosses are to face public questioning later over plans to temporarily downgrade maternity services at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

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Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board's Chief Executive, Medical Director and Vice-Chair will all attend the public meeting, held at St Asaph Cathedral.

It follows proposals to take away consultant-led maternity services at the hospital, meaning expectant mothers will have to travel to Wrexham or Bangor for complex pregnancies.

Health bosses say the move is necessary to ensure patient safety due to staffing problems.

There is a great deal of public anger about their proposals and it is only right that they should face up to this and explain their position.

Taking away maternity services for some of the most complex pregnancies and forcing expectant parents to travel further is downright dangerous. We must all remain strong in our battle against these changes.

– Shadow Health Minister, Darren Millar

'Concerns' over changes to health services in Wales and England

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A group of MPs, the Welsh Affairs Committee, has published a report on cross border health services.

It says half the population of Wales lives within 25 miles of the border with England. As a result cross-border movements are a fact of life, including for healthcare.

Since devolution there has been increasing divergence between the healthcare systems of Wales and England. The committee says this can cause confusion for patients, particularly those who rely on healthcare facilities on either side of the border from where they live.

Its recommendations and conclusions include:

  • We are concerned that there is a lack of communication regarding changes to healthcare services which could have an impact across the border. We recommend that formal protocols are put in place to ensure consultation between LHBs and CCGs when changes to services impact on populations across the border.
  • We recommend that NHS Wales and NHS England work together to improve patient engagement for cross-border services.
  • We recommend that the Department of Health and the Welsh Government work together with medical practitioners, particularly at a GP level, to ensure that patients are better informed of the differences in healthcare policy between England and Wales. Patients must also be made aware of the impact of choosing a Welsh or English GP and the implications that this might have for later care.
  • We welcome the commitment from the Welsh Government's Health Minister on patient needs and his commitment not to allow the border to become a barrier. We recognise that Welsh GPs will be mindful of a need to maintain investment and capacity in Wales. Healthcare providers in England and Wales need to maintain close links to ensure that patients receive the treatment they need regardless of their country of residence, particularly given the policy divergence that has emerged as a result of devolution.


App developed to help people in early stage dementia

An app has been developed to help people in the early stages of dementia tell their life stories using modern technology.

The 'Book for You' app has been developed to help people in the early stages of dementia. Credit: ITV Wales News

'Book for You' has been described as being like a virtual version of the TV programme 'This Is Your Life'.

Ian Lang has visited a care home taking part in the pilot project who say this could make a real difference to the lives of those with the disease:

Review supports Ysbyty Glan Clwyd maternity downgrade

An independent review has supported a controversial move to temporarily downgrade maternity services at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Denbighshire.

It said there is a "pressing risk to the safety of mothers and babies" and "urgent change is needed."

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board said it took the decision to transfer specialist maternity services away from the hospital because it could not guarantee patient safety, and the service faces collapse as it is too reliant on temporary staff.

It means that mothers-to-be who experience complicated births will have to travel to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor or Wrexham Maelor Hospital - which has provoked anger from campaigners.

Read More: Thousands sign petition against maternity downgrade

Mothers with complicated births will no longer travel to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

Now, an independent assessment carried out by the Chief Nursing Officer and Deputy Chief Medical Officer, and published by the Welsh Government, has found: "we agree that there is a pressing and increasing risk to the safety of mothers and babies caused by difficult medical staffing circumstances at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and that urgent change is needed."

"A temporary move from three to two sites is a necessary response to the identified risk and is the only viable option at present for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to take to reduce the clinical risk."

"The service at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd should be restorable once a strategic plan for all obstetric services in North Wales has been developed with full public engagement."

The health board has said the downgrade is a temporary move, which would last no more than 18 months.

New specialist dyslexia centre opens in Cardiff

A new specialist dyslexia centre in the north of Cardiff has opened, offering unique daytime sessions for children who have the reading disorder.

Newport Gwent Dragons player Lee Byrne, who also has dyslexia, was there for the opening.

The Tomorrows Generation Learning Centre has been developed in Lisvane, with Wales rugby star Lee Byrne, who also has dyslexia, there for the official opening.

The centre has been supported with £5,000 donated from Wooden Spoon Wales - the children's charity of rugby.

It's hoped a school dedicated to children with dyslexia can be developed in the future.

The centre is based in Lisvane in Cardiff.
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