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Clinic test numbers rise amid tattoo concerns

Health bosses say 651 people who used a piercing and tattoo studio in Newport have now attended clinic appointments for precautionary health checks.

Concerns were raised after five people with serious skin infections were treated as hospital in-patients.

The confirmed cases could also indicate a low risk of transmission of Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C and an extremely low risk of HIV transmission for all clients of these premises.

A blood test to check for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV has been offered.

The local health board says clinic slots are still available and health staff are encouraging anyone that has had a procedure carried out at the premises to come forward for the test.

We are delighted with the response so far to our call for people to come forward for testing. This response is a credit to the hard work of professional NHS staff at clinics and on helplines. They are ready to help and to listen, and the blood test they are offering is quick and easy. It could really help to put minds at rest

If you think you had a tattoo or a piercing at the shop in question, or if you have missed an appointment at one of our helpful clinics, please call 02920 402528 to speak to a member of our staff who can help you.

– Heather Lewis, Consultant Public Health Wales
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Meet the tattooed woman who will never see her body art

Tattoos might be becoming more fashionable - but it takes a lot of determination to decide that you're not going to offer up just an arm or a leg - but use your whole body.

That's exactly what Fran Atkinson from Rhyl went for. And now, eight years - and many inches of tattooists ink later, she's a living work of art. Whats more, she's hoping to make it into the Guinness book of records. Rob Shelley went to see for himself....


Blind Rhyl mother gets full body tattoo in record bid

Fran Atkinson has endured three years of pain for her body art. Credit: ITV News

Tonight on ITV Cymru Wales news at 1800 Fran Atkinson from Rhyl tells us why she's gone through three years of pain for the tattoos she will never see.

The mum-of-one says her husband and the tattoo artist have acted as her eyes, describing the details of her intricate artwork from her neck down to her ankles.

Builder's tattoo conversion after seeing holy cross

The builder was working on a restoration project involving one of Britain's earliest Christian crosses. Credit: Church in Wales

Builder Lee Mayes was inspired by his church renovation project so much - he had the chapel's holy crosses tattooed on his arm.

The 43 year-old site manager was working at St Illtud’s Church in Llantwit Major where celtic crosses have been rehoused in a 13th century chapel.

“I’m not a religious person but as soon as I saw the Celtic designs I knew that I wanted to be involved in this project. I saw the designs on the stones and thought to myself, ‘I’m going to have that on my arm,’” said Lee.

The tattoo was done by local artist Matt Faulkner in Llantwit Major. Credit: Church in Wales

The crosses which date back more than 1,000 years were relocated during a £850,000 refurbishment project which has seen the roofless ruin brought back to life a visitor centre.

The Abbot Samson’s Pillar Cross at St Illtud’s was rediscovered in 1789. Credit: Church in Wales

The Galilee Chapel will be officially opened on Saturday, November 2, by the oldest member of the church 94 year-old Gladys Kilby.

This is jenius: Tattoo spelling mistakes...

One tattoo, complete with spelling error Credit: SWNS

A translation service in Swansea is warning people wanting tattoos to make sure spellings are correct before getting inked.

Sharon Stephens, managing director of Veritas Language Solutions, said: "There are some hilarious examples of translation errors out there.

"One man wanted the Chinese symbols for 'Live and let live' on his arm but ended up with the Mandarin for 'Sweet and Sour Chicken' [pictured].

"And a not-too-bright bad boy was left with "Jenius" branded on his forehead."

'Think Before You Ink' campaign launched

A translation service in Swansea is urging tattoo lovers to 'Think Before You Ink'. It's all part of a drive to ensure spellings are correct - before any mistakes are made permanent. It's after customers have been left branded with mis-spelled words and bizarre phrases in foreign languages.

Examples include one woman who used an internet translation tool to declare her love for her boyfriend in Hebrew but instead of "I love David" she got "Babylon is the world's leading dictionary and translation software" inked on her back.