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'Staying Well Together' in Pembrokeshire

27 November 2023

People living in Pembrokeshire have an opportunity to get first hand, expert advice, and support on a range of health, care, and community services at a ‘Staying Well Together’ event being held in Cosheston Village Hall, Wednesday 6 December from 10am till 6pm.

This interactive event, organised by Hywel Dda University Health Board, will give people the chance to speak with staff, face-to-face, from more than 40 different services from across health, third sector, local authority, police, fire service and the Department for Work and Pensions.

These are just a few of the services which will be providing advice and support throughout the day:

  • the Falls Prevention Team
  • nurses from Legs Matter and Ear Micro Suction Clinics
  • Smoking cessation team members
  • a Community Development Outreach Officer
  • Paul Sartori from Palliative care
  • Community pharmacy
  • Occupational Therapy Information
  • Delta Wellbeing lifeline and Pembrokeshire Council’s lifeline service including lots of tech enabled care on display and demonstrations
  • Learning Pembrokeshire
  • Digital communities Wales
  • Community Connectors
  • PCISS (Carers support)
  • Volunteering Matters
  • Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service
  • Dyfed-Powys Police
  • Transport c/o PACTO and many more
  • Therapy dogs
  • The Leisure centres will be bringing their high-tech Boditax machines for people to try
  • Social Services

The event is open to people of any age and will also include advice for those seeking advice and support around mental health and caring needs.

Service Support Manager at Hywel Dda University Health Board, Mariann Pendersen said “So many services will be there not just to provide information, but to demonstrate what they do, and we will offer things like blood pressure checks on the day and showcase all the tech enabled care available.

“The NHS is here to help so, together with many colleagues from the third sector, local authority, police, fire service and the Department for Work and Pensions, we all hope this will be a great day for everyone attending.”

The Pembrokeshire Community Hub is once again running the ‘Keep Warm, Keep Well’ campaign to support people across Pembrokeshire during the cost-of-living crisis and will be present at the event to connect people to local information, support, and services over the coldest months of the year, to help with keeping warm and well. 

Sarah Davies, a health board Community Frailty Nurse, said "As a nurse caring for older adults in the community, our aim is to add quality to people's lives and keep them out of hospital as much as possible. We can only do this if we work together as a whole. My vision for the day is for people to be aware of services that are available to them. If we stop one person from becoming malnourished or prevent a fall, my expectations will be met".

“We welcome people to come along, warm yourself with a cup of tea or coffee and have some good conversations, and maybe get your blood pressure checked at the same time if you wish.” 

The health board’s nursing team will be there to offer services such as: 

  • Sitting and standing blood pressure.
  • Weight and BMI measurements.
  • Future care planning considerations.
  • Contingency planning using the “This is me” document.
  • Food fortification demonstration.
  • Footwear examples.
  • Pressure area leaflets.
  • Questions and answers re DNACPR on NHS Wales website.
  • Message in a bottle via the Round Table.

The health board is encouraging people from across the community to get involved in the event. Advice and support from a vast number of health, social care, education, and other statutory and voluntary organisations are there to support and help.