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Bronglais bowel unit services 'downgraded by stealth'

Bowel unit services at Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth are being 'downgraded by stealth' - a former surgeon there has claimed.

David Jackson says services are being centralised to Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest.

For one woman that's meant spending thousands of pounds in travel and accommodation to visit her husband.

Linda Davies had assumed Meu would be treated 45 minutes away in Aberystwyth.

Instead they have to travel up to three hours to Haverfordwest. The local health board rejects the 'downgrading' claims. Kevin Ashford reports.

Concerns over bowel surgery unit downgrade claims

Concerns have been raised over claims that a bowel surgery unit at Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth is being downgraded by stealth and moved to Carmarthenshire with a massive impact on patients. Hywel Dda Local Health Board has rejected the claims.

Linda Davies' husband, Meu, was diagnosed with bowel cancer. His treatment has involved numerous hospital visits and overnight stays.

Linda had assumed that would mean travelling the 45 minutes from their mid-Wales home at Llanbrynmair to Aberystwyth for appointments at Bronglais Hospital.

Instead they've had to make half a dozen trips to Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire for treatment at Withybush Hospital - a journey which can take up to three hours in the car.

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Claims bowel surgery unit at Bronglais downgraded

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Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

There are claims that a bowel surgery unit at Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth is being downgraded by stealth and moved to Carmarthen.

It is thought the move could mean patients having to travel up to three hours for treatment.

Hywel Dda Local Health Board has rejected the claims.

Dr Sue Fish, Medical Director at Hywel Dda Local Health Board, said: "We openly announced some time ago that we needed to undertake a review of surgical services across Hywel Dda - including colo-rectal cancer surgery.

"That review is ongoing and we expect it to be completed within the next few months.

"Whilst this review is ongoing, our responsibility is to ensure that patients receive the highest standard of care possible."

Carmarthen car crash victims named by police

Two people who died in a car crash on the A48 near Carmarthen have been named as 79-year-old Walford Bennett and his wife, 77-year-old Daphne Bennett, from Kidwelly.

Police are continuing to investigate the road traffic collision that occurred earlier today on the A48 near Carmarthen.

The family has been informed and are being supported at this time.

– Dyfed Powys Police

Two others were injured in the crash, which happened shortly before 11 o'clock this morning.

Soldier's family: Inquest has answered many questions

by Keith Wilkinson

The family of a Welsh guardsman killed in Afghanistan say that losing him has left a huge hole in their lives.

They say an inquest into the death of Lance Corporal Lee Davies has answered many of their questions and given them some closure.

A coroner in Oxford ruled that Lee and an RAF policeman from Shropshire were unlawfully killed while on active service.

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Coroner: Welsh soldier unlawfully killed in Afghanistan

A coroner has ruled that a Welsh soldier was unlawfully killed whilst on active service in Afghanistan last year.

Lance Corporal Davies served with the 1st Batallion Welsh Guards. Credit: Ministry of Defence

An inquest into the death of Lance Corporal Lee Davies, as well as Corporal Brent McCarthy from Shropshire, has been held in Oxford.

The inquest was told the British soldiers were killed by two Afghan policemen, in a so-called green-on-blue shooting, moments after they had all been chatting and posing for photographs with the men.

Armed police called to school bus airgun incident

Dyfed-Powys Police says armed response officers were deployed to an incident involving an airgun on a school bus in Carmarthen this morning.

The bus was en route to Queen Elizabeth High School in the town at 8.24am.

Reponse officers and armed response officers were deployed.

Nobody was injured, and three young people are in custody awaiting questioning.

“I’d like to reassure the public that this incident was resolved quickly and brought to a close,” said Chief Inspector Nicky Carter.

“A BB air weapon was recovered at the scene and officers are now trying to establish exactly what happened. Officers will remain at the school to provide reassurance to all pupils and staff. The school has been kept fully informed throughout.”

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Shot RAF policeman and soldier 'in wrong place at wrong time'

by Keith Wilkinson

RAF policeman Cpl Brent McCarthy, from Telford, and Welsh Guard Lance Corporal Davies were just "in the wrong place at the wrong time".

Speaking at the inquest into their deaths at Oxford Coroner's Court, Lieutenant Benjamin Bardsley said he believed their shooting was an "opportunist event" as no one had been told in advance they were going to be in the area.

They died in what is known as a green- on-blue attack - killed by the Afghan personnel they were mentoring. It is also known as an insider threat.

The insider threat at this time was very, very low.

The risk was deemed as low because it had not happened for a long period of time.

– Lieutenant Benjamin Bardsley, Welsh Guards

Afghanistan soldier inquest due to end today

Corporal Brent McCarthy (left), Corporal Lee Davies (right) Credit: MOD

The inquest into the death of a Welsh soldier who died in Afghanistan last year is due to end today.

Lance Corporal Lee Davies from Carmarthen and his colleague Corporal Brent McCarthy were both killed in Helmand Province last year.

They were shot by two men dressed in Afghan police uniforms.

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