Llanelli is gearing up for its biggest night of the year    


Llanelli’s Christmas carnival is set to go off with a big bang this year with 17 floats already confirmed.

Coedcae School, Dancing Divas, Evans Recovery, Felinfoel Juniors RFC, the Friendship Theatre Group, Wales Air Ambulance, The Scarlets, Llanelli Swimming Club and Nando’s will all be taking part in the procession on Friday, November 17.

Around 20,000 people are expected to line the streets as the town celebrates its biggest night of the year with traditional floats, spectacular fireworks display, funfair, live music and a host of entertainment.

Carmarthenshire Radio will return and will be at the event with their outside broadcasting unit.

It is organised by Carmarthenshire County Council, Llanelli Rural Council, Llanelli Town Council and Llanelli Round Table. Dwr Cymru will also be supporting the procession, which is one of the biggest in Wales.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Cllr Peter Hughes-Griffiths said: “Llanelli Christmas carnival has a reputation for being one of the best in Wales; attracting people from across Carmarthenshire and beyond.”

Llanelli Rural Council Chairman Cllr H John Evans said: “It is one of the highlights of the year for Llanelli and gives residents and visitors an opportunity to not only set themselves up for the festive season, but to see what the town has to offer. The ongoing support of this annual event shows the commitment we have to making Llanelli a better place to live, work and enjoy.”

Llanelli Town Mayor, Cllr Jeff Edmunds said: “Llanelli Town Council continues to work in partnership with the rural and county councils to provide an excellent carnival which attracts many visitors to the town.  The carnival is an event that families look forward to every year and signals the start of the festive period.  Our thanks go out to all the volunteers who help make the carnival such a success. “

Roger Bowen from Llanelli Round Table said: “We are looking forward to yet another successful Christmas carnival this year. We already have 17 floats confirmed but are hoping to have at least 20 on the night. Hopefully the weather will be on our side and people will come out and support what is truly a great event”

Andrew Roberts, Capital Delivery Programme Manager for Welsh Water said: “We’re proud to be supporting Llanelli Christmas Carnival again this year after a great festive event last year. As Carmarthenshire’s largest annual event, we are looking forward to working with all who are involved in the organisation to make this year’s event even bigger than the last.

“Our RainScape team will be adding to the Christmas cheer at the event and will be on hand to answer any questions about our ongoing work in Llanelli.

“We’re currently working on a £20 million RainScape project in and around Llanelli’s Station Road, which is seeing us create a new surface water tunnel from Llanelli town centre to Delta Lakes to help manage rain water flow and protect the community from the risk of sewer flooding.

“If you’d like to know more about our RainScape work in Llanelli you can call or email the team for more information on 0800 085 3968 or email”

Local businesses and community groups interested in taking part in the carnival procession please email Roger at or call him on 07940 115864





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For immediate release  15 June 2017

Prince Philip staff “jewel in the crown” of Hywel Dda as new care model smashes performance targets / Staff Ysbyty Tywysog Philip yn destun balchder i Hywel Dda wrth i fodel gofal newydd ragori ar dargedau perfformiad

Hywel Dda Chief Executive Steve Moore has heaped praise on staff and clinicians working at Prince Philip Hospital’s Acute Medical Assessment and Minor Injuries units, as new figures show they are smashing performance targets and leading the way in modern medicine.

Mr Moore described the Llanelli-based hospital as the “jewel in the crown” of the health board, after it became the only acute site in Wales to hit a national NHS target of treating 95 per cent of patients within four hours, including during the difficult winter period.

The Acute Medical Assessment Unit (AMAU) and Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) opened last year as part of the health board’s Welsh Government-funded £1.4m Front of House project.  Since then the hospital has consistently hit targets for patient discharge times, waiting times and average length of stay – despite seeing an increase in emergency admissions.

The project has been so successful that the hospital has been inundated with requests to visit from senior clinicians and management teams all over the UK, eager to understand how the new clinical care pathways are benefiting patients in Llanelli and beyond.

Addressing staff during a visit to the hospital, Mr Moore said: “You should be very proud of yourselves – you have been a jewel in the crown of Hywel Dda. Prince Philip Hospital is the only hospital in Wales to have achieved the 95 per cent target throughout the last year – it’s remarkable.  It’s a great achievement for staff but it is even better for the patients. I would like to express the Board’s huge gratitude to everyone for what we have done here.

“There are real lessons here for everyone to learn at all levels in the health board and beyond.  Prince Philip Hospital is showing that we don’t need to have a bottleneck at the front door; we are really at the cutting edge of this new way of working.  It’s fantastic for the patients we serve and for the people of Llanelli.”

New data shows that 40 per cent of patients who are admitted to the AMAU with a medical emergency are now going home within 24 hours – compared with 25 per cent under the old A&E / Clinical Decisions Unit (CDU) based service.

The average length of stay at Prince Philip is now 6.8 days for emergency medical admissions, compared with 8.8 days under the old system – despite the hospital admitting an average of 200 more patients a month than it did before.

In the Minor Injuries Unit, 97 per cent of patients are now being discharged within four hours, compared to 89 per cent under the CDU service – and they are also now waiting for around 45 minutes less to be seen, on average, than they were before.

And the benefits to the hospital and its patients are already being felt, as it was also revealed that GPs are queuing up to work there.

Dr Meinir Jones, GP Lead for the Front of House project, added: “One of the biggest challenges when we started here was how we were going to staff the units.  But now we’ve got a lot of GPs wanting to come and work at Prince Philip.  They’re a really good bunch here; we’ve got a fantastic breadth of knowledge.  It’s just about thinking differently and being flexible”

Dr Robbie Ghosal, Consultant Respiratory Physician and Hospital Director, added: “We wouldn’t have been able to make this happen if it wasn’t for the doctors and staff on the ground wanting it to happen.  It’s one of the nicest hospitals I’ve ever worked in and it has never lost its sense of identity.

“Prince Philip Hospital is ‘the place to work,’ with an unrivalled team spirit, and a focus on effective Clinical Leadership. We are proud to have effective Physicians that work closely together to deliver this level of target performance and advance the care provided to our patients.”


Mae Prif Weithredwr Hywel Dda, Steve Moore, wedi canmol staff a chlinigwyr sy’n gweithio yn Unedau Mân Anafiadau ac Asesu Meddygol Acíwt Ysbyty Tywysog Philip, wrth i ffigurau newydd ddangos eu bod yn rhagori ar dargedau perfformiad ac yn arwain y ffordd o ran meddygaeth fodern.

Disgrifiodd Mr Moore yr ysbyty yn Llanelli fel testun balchder i’r Bwrdd Iechyd, ar ôl iddo ddod yr unig safle acíwt yng Nghymru i guro targed cenedlaethol y GIG i drin 95 y cant o gleifion o fewn pedair awr, gan gynnwys yn ystod cyfnod anodd y gaeaf.

Agorodd yr Uned Asesu Meddygol Acíwt a’r Uned Mân Anafiadau y llynedd, a hynny fel rhan o brosiect Blaen y Tŷ gwerth £1.4m y Bwrdd Iechyd, a ariannwyd gan Lywodraeth Cymru. Ers hynny, mae’r ysbyty wedi cyrraedd targedau’n gyson ar gyfer amseroedd rhyddhau cleifion, amseroedd aros, a’r amseroedd cyfartalog y mae cleifion yn cael eu cadw yn yr ysbyty – er gwaethaf y ffaith i’r ysbyty weld cynnydd yn nifer y derbyniadau brys.

Mae’r prosiect wedi bod mor llwyddiannus fel bod yr ysbyty’n boddi mewn ceisiadau gan uwch-glinigwyr a thimau rheoli ledled y DU, sy’n awyddus i ymweld er mwyn deall sut y mae cleifion yn Llanelli a thu hwnt yn elwa ar y llwybrau gofal clinigol newydd.

Wrth annerch staff yn ystod ymweliad â’r ysbyty, dywedodd Mr Moore: “Dylech fod yn falch iawn ohonoch eich hunain – rydych yn destun balchder i Hywel Dda. Ysbyty Tywysog Philip yw’r unig ysbyty yng Nghymru i gyrraedd y targed o 95 y cant drwy gydol y flwyddyn ddiwethaf – mae’n rhyfeddol. Mae’n dipyn o gamp i staff, ond mae hyd yn oed yn well i’r cleifion. Hoffwn fynegi diolch enfawr y Bwrdd i bawb am yr hyn yr ydym wedi’i wneud yma.

“Mae yna wersi go-iawn yma i bawb eu dysgu, a hynny ar bob lefel yn y Bwrdd Iechyd a thu hwnt. Mae Ysbyty Tywysog Philip yn dangos nad oes angen i ni gael tagfa wrth ddrws y ffrynt; rydym ar flaen y gad o ran y ffordd newydd hon o weithio. Mae’n wych ar gyfer y cleifion a wasanaethwn ac ar gyfer pobl Llanelli.”

Dengys data newydd fod 40 y cant o’r cleifion sy’n cael eu derbyn i’r Uned Asesu Meddygol Acíwt oherwydd argyfwng meddygol, ‘nawr yn mynd adref o fewn 24 awr – o gymharu â 25 y cant o dan wasanaeth blaenorol yr Adran Damweiniau ac Achosion Brys/Uned Penderfyniadau Clinigol.

Bellach, yr amser cyfartalog y mae cleifion yn cael eu cadw i mewn yn Ysbyty Tywysog Philip yw 6.8 diwrnod, o gymharu ag 8.8 diwrnod o dan yr hen system – er bod yr ysbyty yn derbyn, ar gyfartaledd, 200 yn fwy o gleifion y mis nag yr oedd o dan yr hen fodel.

Yn yr Uned Mân Anafiadau, mae 97 y cant o’r cleifion bellach yn cael eu rhyddhau o fewn pedair awr, o gymharu ag 89 y cant o dan wasanaeth yr Uned Penderfyniadau Clinigol – ac maent hefyd yn aros am tua 45 munud yn llai ar gyfartaledd, i gael eu gweld nag yr oeddent o dan yr hen fodel.

Ac mae’r manteision i’r ysbyty a’i gleifion eisoes i’w teimlo, gan y datgelwyd hefyd fod meddygon teulu yn baglu dros ei gilydd i gael gweithio yno.

Ychwanegodd Dr Meinir Jones, Meddyg Teulu Arweiniol ar gyfer y prosiect Blaen y Tŷ: “Un o’r heriau mwyaf pan ddechreuom yma oedd sut y byddem yn staffio’r unedau. Ond bellach mae gennym lawer o feddygon teulu sydd am ddod i weithio yn Ysbyty Tywysog Philip. Maen nhw’n griw da iawn yma; mae gennym ystod wych o wybodaeth. Mae’n ymwneud â meddwl yn wahanol a bod yn hyblyg”.

Ychwanegodd Dr Robbie Ghosal, Meddyg Anadlol Ymgynghorol a Chyfarwyddwr yr Ysbyty: “Ni fyddem wedi gallu peri i hyn ddigwydd heb y meddygon a’r staff ar lawr gwlad a oedd am iddo ddigwydd. Mae’n un o’r ysbytai mwyaf dymunol rydw i erioed wedi gweithio ynddo, ac nid yw erioed wedi colli ei ymdeimlad o hunaniaeth.

“Ysbyty Tywysog Philip yw’r ‘lle i weithio,’ gyda’i ysbryd tîm heb ei ail, a ffocws ar Arweinyddiaeth Glinigol effeithiol. Rydym yn ymfalchïo bod gennym Feddygon effeithiol sy’n cydweithio’n agos i ddarparu’r lefel hon o berfformiad targed, ac i ddatblygu’r gofal a ddarperir i’n cleifion.”




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