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Minor injuries unit to close during NATO summit

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The minor injuries unit at Barry Hospital will close during the NATO summit.

The minor injuries unit at Barry Hospital is to close for five days during the NATO summit.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board says the short-term measure is being taken to help provide a triage service in Cardiff city centre to support police and ambulance services during the two-day summit next month.

The unit will close on 1st September and will reopen on 8th September.

The team has looked at a number of options to try and keep the minor injuries unit at Barry Hospital open over these few days, but unfortunately it has not been possible. The health board would like to apologise to anyone affected by these steps but would reassure them that the staff will be back in the unit on September 8.

– Alice Casey, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

The health board is advising patients needing minor injury advice and support during the first week in September to contact their local GP or NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

Prince of Wales to host NATO reception

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The Prince of Wales will host the reception on the first evening of the summit Credit: Joe Giddens/PA

Prince Charles will host a reception at the Celtic Manor Resort for world leaders and local people on the first day of the NATO summit.

The Prince will be joined by First Minister Carwyn Jones AM, Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb MP, representatives from local councils and businesses and schoolchildren. The winners of the St David and Points of Light awards have also been invited to attend the event on 4th September.

Wales is a confident, outward-looking nation and we are proud to be hosting this historic NATO summit. The reception hosted by the Prince of Wales is our opportunity to promote Wales to the world and to thank the local community for their amazing hospitality.

– Stephen Crabb MP, Welsh Secretary
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The Celtic Manor Resort will host the NATO Summit on 4th and 5th September Credit: ITV News

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Government criticised over NATO host city celebrations

The UK Government is under fire for setting up a 'day of celebration' this weekend ahead of the NATO summit in Newport.

It has released a high quality promotional film to advertise events that include 'Bands, Burgers and a Battle of Britain flypast.' But anti-war campaigners have called the idea 'grotesque'. James Crichton-Smith reports.

Newport to host NATO-themed festival

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60 World leaders will visit Newport on September 4th & 5th Credit: NATO

A special festival will be held this weekend in Newport to celebrate the NATO summit coming to the city.

The event, which has been organised jointly by the UK Government and Newport City Council, will include a range of food from different countries, local bands, and demonstrations from soldiers.

On offer will be reindeer burgers from Iceland, waffles from Belgium, smorgasbord from Denmark and paella from Spain. The British stall will offer Welsh cheese from Ceredigion, and locally-brewed liquor.

The festival will give people a chance to sample the food of the countries attending the Summit and there's a great line up of activities for people of all ages.

I'm really looking forward to attending and I would encourage people to come along for a fun day out ahead of the NATO summit.

– Stephen Crabb, Secretary of State for Wales

Serving soldiers from across the army, including 160 Wales Brigade will also be on hand to demonstrate military vehicles and equipment, and a Battle of Britain fly-past over the city will close the day's celebrations.

The summit will be held on 4th & 5th September at the Celtic Manor Resort.

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Cllr: 'NATO disruption, yes - but look at bigger picture'

A Cardiff councillor has told ITV News he "understands the frustration" of commuters caught in traffic due to ongoing NATO security preparations.

People have complained of congestion in the city centre as barriers and fencing are installed ahead of next month's summit.

But Cllr Graham Hinchey, cabinet member for Cardiff County Council, added: "We have to look at the bigger picture. It's a chance to showcase Wales."

Twitter users share thoughts on NATO security fencing

There have been mixed reactions on Twitter to fencing being put up in areas of Cardiff and Newport ahead of the NATO summit next month.

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Unsightly fencing up along our roads and motorway here in readiness for the upcoming Nato Summit, signs up warning of traffic delays...

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Ok so Cardiff and the NATO fence is a lot of fun glad I allowed three extra hours for my journey

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Well the #natofence works just nicely for us bike commuters thank you very much. Plenty of closed lanes to bomb along in.

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