The man and the parties that made a mockery of millions of people

Wine, gin, sausage rolls and an invite to “bring your own booze”. This was the scene at 10 Downing Street amid the strict lockdown of May 20, 2020. Boris Johnson spent 25 minutes at the party. He says he didn’t realise it was one. Some 140 miles away in Newport, Nicola Mincher was grieving the… Continue reading The man and the parties that made a mockery of millions of people

One in six Welsh NHS staff could be off work at Omicron peak, modelling predicts

Absence rates among NHS staff are climbing as one health boss warns nearly a fifth of NHS Wales staff may be off work at the peak of the Omicron wave. Just under 2% of NHS staff in Wales are currently off sick from work either with Covid or self-isolating, the latest figures show. But modelling… Continue reading One in six Welsh NHS staff could be off work at Omicron peak, modelling predicts

Coronavirus infection rates, cases and deaths for all parts of Wales on Wednesday, December 22

A new record has been set for the number positive Covid-19 cases reported in a single day in a single day in Wales, it has been revealed. New data from Public Health Wales published on Wednesday, December 22 – which covers the 24 hours up to 9am on December 21, shows there were new 4,662… Continue reading Coronavirus infection rates, cases and deaths for all parts of Wales on Wednesday, December 22

Two new operating theatres to be built in £20m plan to tackle Covid waiting lists backlog at Llanelli hospital

Two new operating theatres will be built at Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli in a bid to tackle surgical waiting lists and ease pressures across the region. The operating theatres will be built thanks to nearly £20m of Welsh Government funding and will include preparation rooms, anaesthetic rooms, changing facilities and a recovery area. It… Continue reading Two new operating theatres to be built in £20m plan to tackle Covid waiting lists backlog at Llanelli hospital

Every adult in Wales to be offered Covid booster jab by end of the year

All eligible adults in Wales will be offered an appointment for a Covid booster jab by the end of December, the First Minister has confirmed. Mark Drakeford said the rollout is being accelerated after new evidence showed that two doses of the vaccine are not enough to offer protection against the new Omicron variant. He… Continue reading Every adult in Wales to be offered Covid booster jab by end of the year

Mum wins court battle against Welsh NHS which refused to fund her lifesaving cancer procedure

A mum-of-two has won a High Court battle against the NHS after it refused to fund her potentially lifesaving cancer treatment. Maria Wallpott, from Pontllanfraith, Caerphilly, was diagnosed with stage four appendix cancer in April which spread to her ovaries. A colorectal surgeon recommended she undergo a specific type of chemotherapy and procedure which involves… Continue reading Mum wins court battle against Welsh NHS which refused to fund her lifesaving cancer procedure

Swansea nurse honoured after devoting her career to helping asylum seekers

It’s safe to say that the past week has been a good one for Jean Saunders – Swansea Bay’s 2019 and 2020 Nurse of the Year. After a long 18-month wait, Jean, 67 from Cockett, ventured up to Windsor Castle to receive an MBE handed over by Princess Anne herself in recognition of her years… Continue reading Swansea nurse honoured after devoting her career to helping asylum seekers

Valuable items stolen from emergency ambulance as crew treated patient

The Welsh Ambulance Service is appealing for information after items were stolen from an emergency ambulance as the crew treated a patient. A spokeswoman for the NHS trust said the theft took place in Tan-Y-Bryn, Rhymney, Caerphilly, between 11.55pm on Thursday, October 28 and 1am on Friday, October 29. A white and blue Vans rucksack… Continue reading Valuable items stolen from emergency ambulance as crew treated patient

‘If our premature baby had been 100g lighter doctors would not have operated on him and he would not be alive’

Tiny Theo Rowles was described as “a little celebrity” in hospital because of his roller coaster start to life. Born weighing just 1lb 9oz, the tot was given only a 50% chance of survival after arriving into the world a staggering 16 weeks prematurely. To make matters worse, he was found not only to have… Continue reading ‘If our premature baby had been 100g lighter doctors would not have operated on him and he would not be alive’

Hospital closed to visitors ‘with immediate effect’ as Covid cases rise

A hospital has closed to visitors “with immediate effect” due to a rise in cases of coronavirus. Hywel Dda University Health Board confirmed on Monday afternoon that Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest has now shut to visitors. A spokesperson said that visiting will only be permitted in “extenuating circumstances”, such as end of life and critical… Continue reading Hospital closed to visitors ‘with immediate effect’ as Covid cases rise