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Haverfordwest: Opticians nominated for prestigious award

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A HAVERFORDWEST business has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Specsavers in Haverfordwest is one of just five businesses in the UK to have been shortlisted in the enhanced optical service category at the Optician Awards, which recognises excellence in primary eyecare services delivered in the community.

To make the shortlist, the Haverfordwest opticians, locally owned and run by directors Andy Britton and Paul Skoczek, outlined how the store supports the Pembrokeshire community’s eyecare needs as well as its involvement in the integration of new eyecare schemes.

“To be one of only five businesses in the country to make the shortlist for a prestigious award is a significant achievement for the entire team here,’ said Andy Britton.

“We are extremely passionate about providing the highest standards of clinical professionalism and this nomination reflects the hard work we’ve put in to achieve recognition at a national level.”

Andy Brittom: Director at Specsavers

The practice assesses patients that contact the store with urgent eye health complaints by using a triage form. This process ensures, wherever possible, treatment is provided in the local community and prevents some people travelling in excess of 50 miles to the nearest hospital.

It also helps relieve hospital eye services by providing glaucoma refinement services following its recent investment in an optical coherence tomography machine, which screens for conditions such as age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma. The practice’s cataract assessments aim to avoid unnecessary patient referrals to hospital and prioritise those in urgent need of specialist ophthalmologist treatment.

Specsavers Haverfordwest has collaborated with other opticians and Hywel Dda University Health Board to reduce a list of patients waiting for assessment at hospital for eye health concerns. This involves Specsavers’ optometrists reviewing patient information and assessing whether their health complaints can be dealt with in the community or if they require hospital treatment, as well as advising on the urgency of their care needs.

Mr Britton added: “We have actively worked with secondary healthcare providers to ensure better collaboration of services to positively impact our community. We have not only invested in cutting-edge equipment to enhance the services we can deliver but are continually investing in our staff through training, to ensure we are truly a key support function in Haverfordwest.”

The Optician Awards take place on Saturday, April 1at the Hilton Metropole Birmingham. The shortlist follows on from the business’s recent award win for clinical excellence at Specsavers’ national award ceremony.

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Llanteg: Car crash causes large tailbacks

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A CRASH on the A477 in Llanteg has caused large traffic tailbacks this afternoon (Sept 25).

Emergency services, including Dyfed-Powys Police and Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene.

Rush hour traffic is starting to slow in both directions.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.

There are currently no reports of serious injuries.

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TV voices lead massed choirs at St David’s Cathedral

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THE HEAVENLY voices of Llanelli’s Angelicus Celtis, ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent Semi-Finalists, will be leading an army of voices performing at St. David’s Cathedral next month (Oct 7).

Angelicus Celtis from the ranks of the international broadcast and performance voices of Wales’ Hywel Girls’ Choir & Hywel Boy Singers will unite with the Hywel Choirs, Llanelli Choral Society and Haverfordwest Male Choir (musical director Richard Stephens) for an momentous massed voice performance of ‘A Journey of World Music’ on Saturday, October 7, at St. David’s Cathedral.

The evening will also star acclaimed organist Huw Tregelles Williams OBE, pianist Jane Jewell, orchestral percussionist Gareth Hamlin – all under the baton of legendary conductor John Hywel Williams MBE.

The artists and stunning performance return to the cathedral by popular demand after last year’s sell-out performance in October 2016.

This year’s performance highlights will include magical moments from opera, classical, sacred, cinema, musicals and international music.  Exciting highlight will include Habanera, Benedictus, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Nimrod, a poignant tribute to veterans and the centenary of WW1, Holy City,  a world premiere of a choral arrangement of Karl Jenkins’ Palladio Allegretto by John Hywel & Jeremy Hywel and Angelicus Celtis’ acclaimed rendition of Nessun Dorma as seen by millions of TV viewers around the world… to name but a few.

Angelicus Celtis who have enjoyed a whirlwind year of television and radio broadcasts, were recently featured on BBC’s Songs of Praise filmed from Pembrokeshire where they gave a moving rendition of Be Still My Soul from the beautiful surroundings of Manorbier Castle.

Tickets for A Journey of World Music (£15, £20) can be obtained via www.ticketsource.co.uk/hywelchoir, by telephone 07795 236807, at St. David’s Bookshop or at the door.

Doors open 6.45pm. Performance commences 7.30pm.

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Parent networking groups to be held this autumn

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PARENT network groups for people whose children need extra help and support are being held this autumn in various locations around Pembrokeshire.

The groups are an ideal opportunity for parents and carers to chat to other people in their local area who might have similar issues facing children with additional learning needs, and share experiences over a cup of coffee.

The parent network groups are led by local parents and organised by Pembrokeshire County Council. They are facilitated by an Inclusion Support Officer from the Council who will be on hand to give further advice and information if needed.

There are eight different groups, which are meeting in Narberth, Crymych, St Davids, Tenby, Haverfordwest, Milford Haven, Fishguard, and Pembroke.

The sessions are being held as follows:

Fishguard, Town Hall

8th November

13th December

 

12-1pm

6-7pm

  Narberth, Bloomfield House

25th September

6th November

18th December

 

6-7pm

10-11am

Pembroke, Foundry House

19th October

30th November

 

6-7pm

10-11am

St Davids, City Hall

24th October

12th December

 

6-7pm

12-1pm

Haverfordwest, Archives Centre

9th October

20th November

 

 

10-11am

6-7pm

Tenby, Community Learning centre

26th October

7th December

 

 

6-7pm

6-7pm

Preseli, Community Learning Centre

19th October

7th December

 

 

12-1pm

6-7pm

Milford Haven, Hubberston Community Learning Centre

23rd October

4th December

 

 

6-7pm

10-11am

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