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Welsh air ambulance to introduce Wales' first flight incubator

Welsh Air Ambulance Charity (WAAC) is to launch Wales' first flight incubator.

It is hoped that it will lead to significantly quicker transfers of neo-natal babies - replacing long road ambulance journeys.

The two £70,000, 100kg bespoke incubators are thought to be the most advanced in the UK.

Crucially, the incubator is heated, and has a Perspex chamber, meaning that medics can see clearly in order to monitor the baby during the course of the flight. While we will continue to carry Babypods - which are chambers without an electrical heat source and with a smaller window - for emergency missions, this flight incubator means we can now transfer very poorly neo-natal patients between hospitals.

We're always seeking to improve our range of equipment and our service offering. It'll enable us to accept more missions to help save lives across Wales.

– Angela Hughes, Wales Air Ambulance Charity chief executive

Pontypridd 'stab' incident: man discharged from hospital

The Tesco branch on Taff Street was closed off while an investigation took place Credit: Mike Griffiths/ITV News Wales

South Wales Police say the 51-year-old man who collapsed in a Pontypridd supermarket on Wednesday is no longer believed to have been the victim of a crime.

The man was found have a stab wound to the stomach.

He has now been discharged from hospital, but faces further questions from officers.

“I am very keen to reassure the community after yesterday’s dramatic events which no doubt caused concern" says Inspector Nigel Griffiths.

“There was speculation that the man involved has been stabbed by somebody but we can now confirm this did not happen."

“I’d like to thank the people of Pontypridd for the cooperation and support they showed in the town centre yesterday afternoon.”


Police appeal for calm after Pontypridd incident

South Wales Police say the injury to the man involved in an incident in Taff Street, Pontypridd is not life threatening.

At 12.30pm, police and paramedics were called to the Tesco Express store where a 51 year-old man was in need of medical attention for a single puncture wound to his abdomen.

He was taken by air ambulance to the University Hospital of Wales where he is in a stable condition.

The circumstances surrounding this incident as yet are unknown and under investigation.

There were dramatic scenes in Pontypridd this afternoon. We understand people are shocked and there are rumours flying around the community. I urge people to remain calm and would like to assure them that we have a team of officers are trying to establish what happened. We will update them as soon as we know more about what we are dealing with.

– Detective Inspector Phil Rees


Reports of stabbing at Pontypridd supermarket

Police in Pontypridd are currently dealing with an incident which occurred at around 12:30pm in the area of Taff Street, Pontypridd.

Officers temporarily closed Sardis Road so that a man could be taken by air ambulance to the University Hospital of Wales.The circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation but early indications suggest he was assaulted.

It is unknown at this stage how serious his injuries are.

Anyone who was in the area at that time who may have seen anything suspicious is urged to contact police via 101 or they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Traffic chaos at Pontypridd as air ambulance lands

An air ambulance landed in the centre of Pontypridd a short time ago. Credit: Alun Davies

The centre of Pontypridd has been cornered-off around Taff Street as an air ambulance landed a short time ago.

South Wales ambulance service confirmed they are attending an incident on Taff Street after receiving a call at 12.36

The following crews are still at the scene: a rapid response vehicle, one emergency ambulance, a Helimed helicopter and a doctor.

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