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Controversial changes to maternity care in west Wales begin

Doctor using stethoscope on pregnant woman
The changes come into effect today Credit: PA

Controversial changes to complex baby care in West Wales begin today.

Health bosses at Hywel Dda local health board are moving consultant led maternity services from Withybush hospital in Pembrokeshire, to Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen.

The plans have sparked protests in the area and on the steps of the Senedd.

The new neonatal unit at Glangwili Hospital will be operational from today.

Isla goes down the aisle - thanks to a Tesco tannoy

A couple will walk down the aisle - after the boyfriend proposed over a supermarket tannoy in Carmarthen.

Isla and Anthony
Anthony popped the question over a supermarket tannoy. Credit: Wales News Service

Isla Gray, 34, was in the Tesco aisles when her boyfriend Anthony Rowlands nipped off to secretly use the supermarket microphone.

And she was standing next to other shoppers when she heard the words: "I love you Isla Gray - will you marry me?"

Other shoppers started clapping and cheering as Isla shouted out: "Yes!"

The surprise proposal happened at the Tesco Metro on Morfa Lane, as the couple did their weekly shop.

One minute I was shopping down the aisles at Tesco - the next I discovered Anthony wanted to take me down the aisle. It was a lovely thing to do - he is full of surprises.

– Isla Gray

Anthony, 35, has been secretly planning the surprise proposal and Tesco staff were happy to help out.

A Tesco spokesman said: "The lady was at the checkout and he went onto our tannoy to ask her to marry him - thankfully she said yes. People were cheering and she was clearly thrilled."

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Volunteers come together for garden makeover

Volunteers from Carmarthenshire have spent the past few days transforming a garden to ensure a disabled girl is no longer forced to stay indoors.

Frances Watkins from Cwmgwili had to watch from the sidelines as her family enjoyed their garden because it was unsuitable for her wheelchair.

But now thanks to a team of locals and the charity WellChild all that has change. Dean Thomas reports.

Volunteers help with garden makeover for Cwmgwili family

Frances can now take her wheelchair outside into the garden. Credit: ITV News

Volunteers from Carmarthenshire have been helping to transform a young girl's garden to make it wheelchair accessible for her.

11-year-old Frances Watkins from Cwmgwili has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and epilepsy and used to sit indoors, watching her family enjoy their garden as it was not suitable for her wheelchair.

Last week, a team of local volunteers from the Department of Work and Pensions and the charity WellChild helped to give the garden a special makeover so that Frances can now join her brothers and sisters in her garden.

Mother raises awareness of 'Slapped Cheek Syndrome'

Dwynwen wants local health boards to provide more information and provide a specific blood test. Credit: ITV News

A woman from Carmarthenshire is campaigning to raise awareness of 'Slapped Cheek Syndrome', a virus that usually affects young children.

Dwynwen Davies, from Llanybydder, lost one of her babies to the condition, and now wants to warn other pregnant mums of the dangers it can pose.

She wants local health boards to provide more information about the virus and offer a specific blood test which could possibly have saved her baby's life.

Children with the illness, which presents itself as a red rash on the face, usually recover from the cold-like symptoms in a few days, but it can be deadly to unborn babies.

Dwynwen has set up a petition online, where you can find more information on her campaign.

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'No evidence of criminal offences' in councils' handling of tax payers money

A police investigation into the handling of Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire county councils' handling of tax payers money has found "no evidence of criminal offences."

Gloucestershire Constabulary launched an investigation into the two councils in February after the publication of three Wales Audit Office reports that found that the two councils had acted unlawfully.

Gloucestershire Constabulary have now completed their enquiries and have confirmed that following an objective and independent analysis of the evidence, they did not find any evidence to suggest that any criminal offences had taken place. On the basis of this, the police will be taking no further action in relation to these mattes. Both local authorities have been advised of this decision.

– A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson

The matter was referred to Gloucestershire Constabulary due to the close working relationship between Dyfed-Powys Police and both local authorities involved.

Five new cases in salmonella outbreak

Five new cases of salmonella have been reported to Public Health Wales, following an outbreak last month.

Public Health Wales says there are now 17 cases, with nine confirmed as being linked to the outbreak, in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire, Rhondda Cynon Taf and the Vale of Glamorgan.

Penclawdd Shellfish Processing Ltd voluntarily withdrew their laverbread from sale, after 10 of those effected by the infection reported having eaten laverbread before they became unwell.

A study has confirmed a strong association with laverbread probably produced between 5th and 8th March.

Public Health Wales says samples taken from Penclawdd's factory in Swansea have not shown any evidence of salmonella.

Source of salmonella outbreak 'unclear'

Public Health Wales says it is working with the Food Standards Agency and environmental health officers from Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire to investigate the outbreak.

We know that the majority of cases have eaten laverbread produced by Penclawdd. The company has cooperated fully with our investigations and has chosen to voluntarily withdraw the product from sale as a precaution.

Laverbread is generally a safe product to eat, and it remains unclear whether it is indeed the source of this outbreak.

However, given that we cannot rule out laverbread at present, it is very important that, to avoid the risk of illness, anyone with this product at home does not eat it.

– Dr Jorg Hoffmann, Public Health Wales

Anyone who is concerned about their health should contact their GP or call NHS Direct 0845 4647.

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