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Booked an GP appointment during the pandemic?

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COVID-19 has changed the way appointments are conducted by the NHS.

Powys CHC would like to hear patients’ experience and feedback about appointments in their GP Practice during this pandemic and we have developed a survey to obtain people’s views.

We will share the feedback we receive with Welsh Government and with Powys Teaching Health Board.

The Online Survey is available at the following link: 

https://svy.at/aaung

Paper copies of the survey are available.  To request a copy, please telephone 01686 627632.

The closing date for the survey is 30 September 2020

Did you know BT want to remove the pay phone in Llanbedr?

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The Vale of Grwyney Community Council believes it’s important to retain a payphone service in Llanbedr however wants to know what the community wants. 

Alternatively contact the Clerk before Saturday 19th September 2020:


Update on Test, Trace, Protect in Powys

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Powys Teaching Health Board and Powys County Council are working in partnership with local communities, the armed forces, Public Health Wales, Welsh Government, the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, NPTC Group and other partners to deliver our NHS Test Trace Protect Service here in the county.

This vital service plays a key role in Keeping Powys Safe by:

  • Testing people with coronavirus symptoms, asking them to isolate from wider family, friends and the community.
  • Tracing those who have been in close contact with people with coronavirus.
  • Providing advice and guidance, which is particularly important if the person with symptoms or their contacts are in the shielding group or have other risk factors.
  • Ensuring that if symptoms are not due to coronavirus that people can get back to their normal lives as soon as possible.

This has taken an enormous amount of work across the county, and will continue to do so for as long as coronavirus remains a major threat to public health. We would like to thank everyone involved in establishing and delivering this vital service.

 Progress So Far: Testing

In Powys we have a comprehensive testing programme in place. This includes a range of testing options in place to make this as convenient as possible:

  • A Home Testing Kit
  • A local test here in the county at our drive-through facilities in north, mid and south Powys
  • Drive-through testing in neighbouring counties
  • Testing in hospitals and closed settings such as care homes

More details are available from www.powysthb.wales.nhs.uk/coronavirus-testing including how to request a test if you have symptoms.

From next week, our testing facilities at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells and at NPTC Newtown / Theatr Hafren in Newtown will also be available for you to book direct:

The current testing programme is an “antigen test”. It uses a swab (normally in the throat and/or nose) to test whether you currently have the virus. The test works best between 2 and 7 days after your symptoms start.

Progress So Far: Contact Tracing

Our testing programme is supported by our new Contact Tracing service. This brings together colleagues from the Council and the Health Board.

If you have been in contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus you may be contacted by our Contact Tracing team. They may advise you to self-isolate, and to request a test if you show any symptoms of the virus. Your Contact Tracing advisor will talk you through this and support you. The team has already been in contact with 19 people from Powys who have tested positive for coronavirus, helping to stop the spread in the county.

Across the UK there have been some reports of scams in operation. We would like to reinforce that our contact tracers will:

  • Never ask you to dial a premium rate number.
  • Never ask for payment or bank details.
  • Never ask for password or PIN numbers, or ask you to set up passwords over the phone.
  • Never disclose your personal or medical information to your contacts.
  • Never ask you to download any software to your PC or phone, or ask you to hand over control of your device.

We also have clear guidelines in place to protect personal and confidential information. You can read our privacy notice at www.powysthb.wales.nhs.uk/test-trace-protect-privacy

More information about Contact Tracing in Wales is available from the Welsh Government website at https://gov.wales/contact-tracing-your-questions

 Next Steps: Antibody Testing

Most recently, the Chief Medical Officer has also asked local health board’s in Wales to begin antibody testing. This tests whether someone has previously been exposed to coronavirus infection and developed antibodies.

The programme of testing will provide important information on the prevalence of coronavirus in different settings and help us better understand how the disease spreads.

Whilst a positive antibody test will show that someone has had the virus, but:

  • It does not mean that they have immunity
  • It does not mean that they cannot pass on to others, or
  • It does not mean that they cannot be re-infected.

Social distancing and hand washing and other control measures therefore remain essential for us all.

The Government has asked us to prioritise antibody testing for an initial sample of up to 200 teachers and other school staff who have supported vulnerable children and children of key workers since March of this year. This will begin from next week. This sample of teachers and other school staff from operating school hubs will therefore be the first group of key workers we will be offering the antibody test to.

Powys County Council and Powys Teaching Health Board will be working together with schools to deliver this programme, and we will be contacting those teachers and other school staff who are included in this initial sample by telephone next week to offer them an appointment.

The Welsh Government has also confirmed that some healthcare workers and patients will be given priority for antibody testing. We expect more details soon to confirm the priority groups.

We are working at pace to put put antibody testing into operation in Powys and we will make further announcements as details are confirmed.

More background information on antibody tests can be found on the UK Government link below, but please note the roll out is different in England and Wales and further information from the Welsh Government will follow.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-antibody-tests/coronavirus-covid-19-antibody-tests

 Impact of Coronavirus in Powys

Each week the Office for National Statistics publishes information about the number of people who have died with confirmed or suspected Coronavirus (based on death registrations).

Their latest report published on 9 June 2020 confirms that sadly 86 people from Powys have died with coronavirus. This includes 45 people who have died in care homes, 35 people in hospital, and 6 people in private homes.  It is clear that coronavirus has had a very real and tragic impact here in the county, and our thoughts are with everyone affected.

Thank you for your continued co-operation during these extraordinary times. We can only find a way to re-build our working and home lives if we work together to test, trace and protect ourselves, our families, our communities.

Thank you for the part you play in Keeping Powys Safe.

Useful Resources 

Coronavirus Testing Information from Powys Teaching Health Board: www.powysthb.wales.nhs.uk/coronavirus-testing

Coronavirus Information from Powys County Council: www.powys.gov.uk/coronavirus

Coronavirus Information from Welsh Government: https://gov.wales/coronavirus

Coronavirus Information from Public Health Wales: https://phw.nhs.wales/coronavirus

 

Powys Coronavirus Bulletin – 20/04/20

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20 April 2020

Headlines

A number of residential homes in Powys have now reported suspected Coronavirus cases.

The Rhallt Care Home in Welshpool has informed us that sadly some of their residents have died. Our immediate thoughts are with the families who have lost a loved one. Powys County Council and Powys Teaching Health Board are working closely with The Rhallt to ensure that residents and staff are supported at this difficult time. We ask everyone to respect the dignity and confidentiality of all concerned.

Information published by Public Health Wales today shows there are 334 new cases of coronavirus in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 7,208, with 121 cases in Powys although the true number of cases is likely to be higher. Sadly, there were a further 41 deaths of people who had tested positive for coronavirus, taking the number of deaths in Wales to 575.

Latest updates

  • Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths has welcomed the temporary suspension of competition laws to support the dairy sector during the coronavirus pandemic.
    • The temporary easing of the competition laws, which applies across the whole of the UK, will enable greater collaboration so the dairy sector, including farmers and processors, can work closer to solve the issues it is facing.

Powys County Council

Key actions already taken:

  • New internal resource. A new COVID-19 intranet portal is now available for staff and councillors. It brings together in one co-ordinated area a wealth of internal corporate announcements, information and resources about COVID-19.
  • Temporary mortuary facility set up on the Wyeside Industrial Estate, Llanelwedd, near Builth Wells. The temporary facilities will mean that the county can be confident that it has the capacity to provide dignity in death for the people of Powys
  • New bereavement support during the Covid-19 Pandemic launched
  • More than £26m paid out to 2,140 Powys business.
  • Reminder to Powys residents to follow national health guidelines when exercising in the county.
  • Additional £181k housing benefit allowance to 1,200 households
  • 483 volunteers recruited 
  • Testing for key roles within social services
  • Powys Community Sector Emergency Response Team register for volunteers
  • Financial support line – 01597 826345
  • Business support schemes launched
  • Emergency childcare hubs for school and early years opened for key workers in strategic locations
  • Council offices:
    • Limited opening hours at County Hall, Neuadd Maldwyn, Gwalia, Neuadd Brycheiniog & The Park – open Monday, Wednesday and Fridays only 8am-12pm.
    • Closed – Old College, Hendreladus and Antur Gwy.
  • Council and Police provide new advice on businesses requirements with Covid-19
  • Public bus service reduced to modified Sunday service  
  • Most council public rights of way open, areas in Brecon Beacons National Park closed 
  • The council is urgently seeking more staff recruiting in a wide range of roles.
  • The council has issued a warning to residents not to fall for scams amidst the pandemic. Staff supporting vulnerable clients in particular are urged to see full story.
  • The Council has stopped all non-essential business. Priority areas are work in response to Covid-19; keep our communities safe and resilient; and Corporate – running the Council
  • Council facilities/services closed – libraries, leisure centres, day centres, museums, playgrounds, Household Waste and Recycling Centres
  • Weddings/civil ceremonies cancelled
  • Parks remain open but crowds of more than two will be dispersed
  • All Council employees who can work from home or remotely should now be doing so
  • Employees should encourage residents/service users to contact council via email, website, apps or phone rather than face-to-face to reduce the risk of transmission
  • Meetings to be carried out using Skype/Teams where possible
  • We are working with partners to coordinate and support emergency response to people in our community who may be affected by COVID 19.  The team, called Community Services Emergency Response Team (C-SERT).  More information.

Current Advice to the Public

Stay Home

Protect The NHS

Save Lives

#StayHomeSaveLives

Stay at home:

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Anyone can spread the virus.

Welsh Government has published detailed guidance for all people on staying home and staying away from others.

Current Advice to the Public: Shielding

Shielding is strongly advised for people with underlying health conditions who are extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

Welsh Government has published guidance on shielding for people who are extremely vulnerable.

Current Advice to the Public: Symptoms

  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature above 37.8 °C and/or new and continuous cough), seek clinical advice using the online coronavirus service at http://111.wales.nhs.uk/covid19  If you do not have access to the internet, call 111.
  • In an emergency, call 999 if you are seriously ill. Do not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre, or a hospital.
  • To help the NHS provide you with the best care if you need to go to hospital as a result of catching coronavirus, please prepare a single hospital bag. This should include your emergency contact, a list of the medications you take (including dose and frequency), any information on your planned care appointments and things you would need for an overnight stay (snacks, pyjamas, toothbrush, your medication etc). If you have an advanced care plan, please include that.
  • After recovery, you should follow the Stay at Home guidance above.

More information available from https://phw.nhs.wales/coronavirus  

Welsh Government

More information from Welsh Government – https://gov.wales/coronavirus

Public Health Wales statement on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

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Public Health Wales issues a daily statement on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

It is issued at 2pm daily and can be found by clicking here

 

COVID 19 – Can we help?

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Covid 19 Poster

Minimum Pricing for Alcohol in Wales

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Further Information can be found here

VE DAY 75 CELEBRATIONS

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Town and Community/Parish Councils throughout England and Wales are taking the lead in the organisation of local celebrations marking the 75th Anniversary of the end of the war in Europe on the 8th – 10th May 2020. After six years of fighting, the end of hostilities were officially announced on the 8th May 1945 by Prime Minister Winston Churchill. That date has since become enshrined in history as VE Day.

VE Day 75, on the weekend of 8th – 10th May 2020, will be an international celebration of peace – a time to remember, reflect and pay tribute to the millions who played such a vital part in achieving it. This includes the Armed Forces personnel from many countries who gave their lives or were physically and mentally injured; the hard-working women and men who kept the factories, mines, shipyards and farms operating throughout the years of turmoil; the ARP wardens, police officers, doctors, nurses, firemen, local defence volunteers and many others safeguarded the home front.

SSAFA the Armed Forces Charity – which has been supporting service personnel, veterans and their families since 1885 – are the charity partner for this series of VE Day 75 commemorative events.

Sir Andrew Gregory, chief executive of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, said “It is our duty to keep the events of the past alive in collective memory, including future generations – this is how we ensure that such a conflict never happens again. It is our hope that the nation takes a moment to reflect on the significance of this date, as a milestone that changed the course of history for the whole world.”

We would like to encourage you to engage with your local SSAFA branch to ensure community collaboration. To find out the location and contact details of your local SSAFA branch visit: www.ssafa.org.uk/get-help/find-local-branch/

The planned activities over the weekend are as follows, please go to the VE Day 75 website – www.veday75.org to see the complete overview for this anniversary:

  • The Playing of Battle’s O’er & VE 75 Years
  • The ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’
  • The ‘Cry for Peace, around the World’
  • Churches & cathedrals ‘Ringing out for Peace’
  • Street parties and parties in pubs, clubs, Hotels, on town and village greens and in halls etc
  • Services of commemoration and celebration in churches, including the reading of the ‘Tribute to the Millions’ and the playing of the Last Post

FRIDAY 8TH MAY 2020 has been designated a bank holiday by HM Government so all can partake).

Farm Diversification Event – 23rd October 2019

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Oh, what a day…

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The sun shone brightly…. and whilst there was no sand… or sea…  elderflower pressé flowed aplenty….. and, after 10 years (or so) we are able to officially declare the affordable housing, community allotments and nature garden OPEN

How better to celebrate than invite Llanbedr School to design signs for the nature garden, and WOW….. what a success.  They did us, and them, proud…. albeit presenting our Councillors with a bit of a quandary…. BUT someone has to win, so…   after careful deliberation….the winners of each of the three categories were revealed to be Daisy Deeble, Ryan Griffiths and Eleri Smith.

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Kirsty Williams AM and Ann Hinchey of Wales & West Housing Association, both went beyond the call of duty…  distributing goody bags, as well as cutting, and savouring cake…. kindly donated (and made) by our skilful residents …. again WOW… what community spirit….

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Thank you Llanbedr, thank you Kirsty, thank you Ann, not forgetting Wales & West Housing Association for contributing towards the success of this event… and David James, Rural Housing Enabler, whose involvement started way back in 2008.  It was a day enjoyed by all…  but now, it’s up to YOU, the community….

We hope you will use the garden – enjoy the solitude, appreciate the wildlife, bugs and all, and  remember, if you have any ideas on how you wish to see the garden progress, let us know… email the Clerk… after all this is your space….

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And of course, without blowing our own trumpets…. thanks to the Councillors, without whom this would not have happened…

Things like this make us realise what a truly special place the Vale of Grwyney is.

 

Hip Hip Hip Hooray… the sun has got its hat on…

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so.… why not join us tomorrow (28th June 2019) for the Grand Opening of Llanbedr Nature Garden.

Kirsty Williams AM will open the garden accompanied by Anne Hinchey, Chief Executive Officer of Wales & West Housing Association and children from Llanbedr Primary School, who have competed in a competition to design signs for the garden.   The winners, and winning entries will be revealed on the day!

Bark Park with bug hotel

Join us at 2:00pm in the nature garden, at the end of St Peter’s Close, to celebrate, with cake, the creation not just of the nature garden, but also the community allotments and affordable housing.

We hope you can make it!

 

 

 

 

 

Llanbedr School Sports Day & Summer Fete

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Vale of Grwyne Newsletter

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The Community Council has combined resources with the Vale of Grwyne Parish to produce a newsletter (see link below).  With your help we plan to produce this every quarter.

So, if you have an local event you would like to publicise, local news or have an interesting tale or two please send details to  vogpaper@gmail.com

The link for our first edition is shown below – we hope you will enjoy it.   Let us know what you think!

Issue 1 – Vale of Grwyney News & Events – December 2018

Thinking of where to go for Bonfire Night?

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Llanbedr School invites you to …

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Welsh Hearts Training Session

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The Community Council recently invited Welsh Hearts, a charity which has played a leading role in improving heart health in Wales to Llanbedr to provide training in CPR and the use of defibrillators.

Our trainer Liz provided clear instructions on how to perform CPR and demonstrated how easy defibrillators are to use.

Although we hope it won’t be necessary, Liz’s excellent training instilled confidence in how to cope with a life-threatening situation and explained that whilst we cannot guarantee to save a life, by doing CPR and using a defibrillator we have tried our very best…  and what more can anyone ask.

Thank you Liz…

Thank you Welsh Hearts

Welsh Hearts

 

Glangrwyney Village Hall Social Evening

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Glangrwyney Village Hall

Serving the Community of Llangenny & Glangrwyney

The Trustees of the Village Hall cordially invite all residents and hall users to a

Social Evening and brief AGM

on Friday, 21st September from 7:30pm.

Free refreshments including cheese and wine.

7:30 refreshments available
8:00 Brief AGM (15-20 mins)

To vote at the AGM you must be over 18, living within the electoral wards of Glangrwyney or Llangenny and entered onto the electoral register.

To hire the hall contact the Chairman, P Bowker on 01873 811533
Website:  glangrwyneyvillagehall.co.ik

Are you eligible to pay less council tax?

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The Welsh Government has produced a document to explain about Council Tax and in particular where reductions may apply.

To see if you are eligible to pay less click on the following link below:

Council Tax – Eligibility for Reductions (Guidance)

Want cheaper electricity?

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Notice of Appointment of Date for the Exercise of Elector’s Rights

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