Health

Hospice launches campaign to recruit young volunteers with cash seized from crooks

Cash seized from criminals is being put to good use in recruiting a new generation of young hospice volunteers. St David’s Hospice, which provides hospice care to adult patients across Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey, is hoping to attract a new wave of recruits to help run its growing list of outdoor fundraising events and endurance […]

We’re not out of the woods over Covid yet, warns social care leader

A social care leader has warned the public in Wales not to become complacent and to “remain vigilant” as the number of Covid deaths in care homes continue fall. Mario Kreft MBE, the chair of Care Forum Wales, said new, more contagious and potentially more dangerous mutant strains of the virus could still throw a […]

Arlen goes extra smile after surviving brush with death

A dedicated care home worker who survived a brush with death has won an award for going the extra “smile”. Arlen Lleses, a senior care practitioner at Pendine Park’s Bodlondeb care home in Wrexham, fell seriously ill with a kidney infection in 2017. Now enjoying what she describes as “a second life” after having her right […]

Give free cannabis to prisoners, says campaigning police boss

A campaigning police boss is calling for jails to trial giving free cannabis to prisoners to help them overcome their drug problems and reduce prison violence. North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones, a former police inspector, says  the radical idea could also prevent overdose deaths in prisons. In 2018 a prisoner called Luke […]

Make Covid jabs mandatory for new care home recruits

Care homes in North Wales should be allowed to refuse to hire staff who have not had a Covid jab unless they have a legitimate medical reason, say social care leaders. Care Forum Wales, which represents nearly 500 independent providers, says it’s vitally important to protect vulnerable residents who are particularly at risk because they […]

Painting to music provide a new beginning for people with dementia

A musician-in-residence at a care organisation has revealed how a combination of music and art can provide a new beginning for people with dementia. Nia Davies Williams, who works for the Pendine Park care organisation, has been bowled over at the way her music can transform the mood of residents, triggering their creative juices, tapping […]

Low pay “insult” is kick in the teeth for frontline Covid heroes

The decision by Flintshire County Council to base care home fees on paying half the staff the minimum wage is a “kick in the teeth” for the frontline Covid heroes, it’s been claimed. Care Forum Wales, which represents nearly 500 independent social care providers, says it’s an affront to care workers who had put their […]

Miracle spray saves lives of two drug overdose victims

Police officers equipped with a miracle nasal spray have saved the lives of two drug overdose victims in Flintshire. The officers have volunteered to take part in a ground-breaking trial with the Naloxone spray which reverses the effect of heroin and other opioid-based overdoses. The latest incident happened in Connah’s Quay when colleagues from North […]