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Don't be a lobster ... Welsh flags hijacked all over the plaice

Lobsters seem to be replacing dragons on flags flying across Wales today #Don'tBeALobster.

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Almost £14m for A&E department at Ysbyty Gwynedd

£13.89 million funding for improvements to emergency and urgent care services at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor has been announced.

The Welsh Government says the money will pay for improvements at the hospital, creating more capacity to deal with peaks in demand while improving the environment for patients, staff and visitors alike.

The investment will mean:

  • A single point of entry to the department
  • Three triage rooms;
  • A four bay resuscitation area plus a separate isolation bay with external access;
  • Eight cubicles plus two treatment rooms;
  • Eight chairs in minor injuries
  • An assessment unit including relatives’ waiting room;
  • Paediatrics facilities including three assessment rooms and dedicated waiting rooms.

What is particularly exciting about this new development is the “One Door” approach to medical care, where emergency and urgent care patients will enter through a single point to get the most appropriate care based on their clinical need. This allows them to be treated and discharged or referred on to other specialist services within the hospital or community setting as quickly as possible.

– Vaughan Gething AM, Health Secretary

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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
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