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Rescued seabird from Wales found in Brazil

Manx Shearwater ringed by RSPCA after Pembrokeshire rescue found in South America

Credit: RSPCA

A Manx Shearwater, which was cared for by the RSPCA after it was blown off course, has been found four years after it was released - thousands of miles away in Brazil.

The bird was rescued from Haverfordwest in September 2011 and needed a wash and some rest and recuperation.

It was released a few days later in North Devon.

The RSPCA says its body was found a few days ago at Extremoz, Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.

It is sad to hear that this bird had died, although it had survived for four years and the distance from the release location was 6,990 km.

It goes to show that the rescue and rehabilitation that the birds received was the correct course of action. Also it highlights the skills that the staff at West Hatch have and their expertise in this area. There were hundreds Shearwaters taken to West Hatch and over 400 were released.

If the RSPCA had not rescued these birds then they would likely have off perished in the surf as did hundreds of others.

– Keith Hogben, RSPCA Inspector


Appeal for man missing from Haverfordwest

Dyfed-Powys Police is appealing for information about a Haverfordwest man who has not been seen in almost four days.

Scott Thomas has been missing since Sunday. Credit: Dyfed Powys Police

Officers in Pembrokeshire are concerned for the welfare of 39-year-old Scott Thomas who has not been seen since Sunday, June 21st, 2015.

Mr Thomas is described as a white male with short dark hair, which is slightly receding at the front and brown eyes. He is approximately 5ft 7’, slim to medium build and speaks with a local Pembrokeshire accent.

Police urgently want to locate Mr Thomas and urge anyone who has seen him or knows where he is to contact officers immediately at Haverfordwest Police Station by calling 101.


Hywel Dda Health Board: 'safety net' will ensure patient safety after reforms to specialist baby care

Hywel Dda University Health Board says it welcomes today’s announcement on restructuring specialist baby care services, saying the proposals will make women and children’s services "safe and sustainable".

We understand there is concern and as our planning develops following today’s announcement, we will undertake an extensive programme of communications to ensure everyone understands what the changes will mean and when they will happen.

We are aware of particular cases being raised across the media. We are very clear that neither the Health Board nor the Minister would ever put forward an unsafe service and the safety net the Minister talked about – with Consultants available for the rare emergency whilst the model develops – will ensure patients are safe.

– Dr Sue Fish, Medical Director, Hywel Dda University Health Board

Minister confirms move to centralise specialist neonatal care in Hywel Dda Health Board area

Health Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed proposals to restructure specialist neonatal care in West Wales.

  • A Level 2 Neonatal Unit is established at Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen.
  • 'Midwifery-led' obstetric and maternity services at Bronglais and Withybush hospitals.
  • Consultant obstetric support to remain at Withybush until the new model is established.
  • A 'phased introduction' for the plans.

Teams based at Glangwili would provide 24/7 emergency care across the entire Health Board area.

The changes come after a panel of experts concluded the restructure would 'provide an improved service for mothers and babies'.

The panel has set out a number of important provisos and recommend a phased introduction of the new model. These include robust ‘safety net’ arrangements to provide midwives with skilled assistance in the event of an unexpected emergency. There must also be robust emergency transfer arrangements, and the midwife-led units must be developed according to strict guidelines.

– Mark Drakeford AM, Health Minister

An independent evaluation of the impact of the revised services will also be carried out in twelve months time.

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