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'Still much to do' to improve services, says health board

The health board says it has taken 'immediate action' to ensure heart patients most in need are seen. These measures include:

  • recruiting extra medical and nursing staff
  • introducing weekend working
  • ring-fencing surgical beds
  • replacing critical cardiac theatre equipment
  • using services elsewhere to tackle long heart surgery waiting lists.

There has been an incredible amount of work to improve surgical services over the last year and things have moved on considerably.

However, we do know what there is still much to do and we are only at the start of delivering our ambitious proposals.

– Dr Graham Shortland, Cardiff and Vale Health Board Medical Director


£2.4m to help tackle surgical waiting lists

The health board is investing £2.4million in cutting its surgical waiting lists Credit: UWE ANSPACH/dpa

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is investing £2.4million to tackle surgical waiting lists.

The health board plans to increase the number of heart surgery procedures carried out each year to 1,000.

It hopes that number will rise to 1,300 with additional medical and nursing staff and cardiac intensive care beds.

Concerns were raised over surgical services at the board's hospitals last year. A team from the Royal College of Surgeons recently visit the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff and noted that while there was substantial work to do, improvements had already been made.

Beach huts 'new venture' for council

The beach huts will be available for public hire from July. Vale of Glamorgan Council is asking people to take part in the consultation via Twitter and Facebook.

This is a new venture for the council and it is intended that the beach huts will be hired to members of the public on a daily basis for the vast majority of the time.However we also want to see the beach huts being used, on occasion, to house stalls for local traders and to provide a space for craft fairs or other similar events during the summer.

– Cllr Lis Burnett, Vale of Glamorgan Council.

Council seeks ideas for Barry Island beach huts

The council intends to 'pilot' the beach huts for the first 12 months Credit: Vale of Glamorgan Council

Vale of Glamorgan Council is asking the public for suggestions on how best to use the newly constructed beach huts at Barry Island, which are due to open this summer.

As part of the work to regenerate the Island's Eastern Promenade, the council is constructing two sets of brightly coloured beach huts.

One set of larger huts will be located near the eastern shelter, with a second further along the promenade near the new water feature and toilet block.

Details of how visitors, businesses or residents can hire one will be discussed at a Scrutiny meeting this week.


Mystery over ancient human remains found in Vale of Glamorgan cliffs

When you're taking a brisk walk along the beach the last thing you'd probably expect to find are the remains of a skeleton from hundreds of years ago!

The remains have been discovered along the cliffs at Monknash in The Vale of Glamorgan. While no-one knows officially who it is, the theories are already causing some intrigue.

James Crichton-Smith has been to investigate...

'800-year-old bones of monk' found sticking out of cliff

Remains thought to be 800-year-old bones belonging to a monk have been uncovered, poking out of a cliff face in the Vale of Glamorgan.

They were spotted by walker Mandy Ewington at Monknash, which was a burial ground for Cistercian monks in the Middle Ages.

The leg bones are thought to belong to a monk from the 1200s. Credit: Wales News Service

Archaeologist Mr Langford said: "You can clearly see a grave has been eroded into the sea. What is fascinating is you can see the two femurs being slowly revealed as the cliffs are eroded away."

"There was a monastic community close to the area and these bones indicate a male in their late 20s who was in good health."

"I would say they belong to a monk from the 1200s, due to previous archaeological digs in the past, the depth of the bones in the cliff and the history of the area."

"He would likely be buried with nothing except two shroud rings which would have held his burial shroud in place at the head and feet."

He said the winter storms had caused large parts of the British coastline to collapse and archaeological sites were being revealed and lost to the sea.

Driver to go on trial over Rhoose primary school crash

A motorist is due to go on trial in May, accused of driving without due care and attention in a crash that left a lollipop lady and a group of school children injured.

Robert Bell, 61 and from Rhoose in the Vale of Glamorgan, was arrested last year after the crash in the village last June.

The crash happened outside a primary school in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Mr Bell appeared at Cardiff Magistrates Court today.

He denies the charge against him.

He has been released on bail, and is due to go on trial on 14 May.

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