May 2017

24 May 2017

Local AM Backs Dogs Die in Hot Cars Campaign

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting a Thunderclap campaign to raise awareness of the risks of leaving dogs unattended in a car or other vehicle. The campaign, led by several animal welfare charities, is reminding people that a car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn’t feel that warm. When the weather is 22 degrees outside, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour.

Mr Davies said, “This is such an important campaign and I’m pleased to do all that I can to help raise awareness of the dangers of leaving dogs in vehicles when the temperature is hot. It’s important that everyone recognises the signs of overheating in dogs, which include panting, disorientation, excessive thirst, dark gums, vomiting, diarrhoea and losing consciousness. If you see a dog in distress or suffering from any of these symptoms in a hot car, then please dial 999.”

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Paul Davies Visits Jig-So

Paul is pictured with Jig-So’s Linda Grace.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies recently visited Jig-So Children’s centre to learn more about the delivery of services in North Pembrokeshire. Jig-So run a number of childcare programmes and courses, including a “Baby Explorer” group for parents, language and play sessions and even a food hygiene course.

Mr Davies said, “It’s always a pleasure to visit Jig-So and hear more about their plans for the future. The programmes that are currently on offer are delivered to the highest calibre and really do provide a lifeline to families in the area. It’s this sort of practice that the Welsh Government must look to roll out in other parts of the country, so that all families can have access to these resources and services. The team at Jig-So are committed to delivering the highest possible services and it’s great to see Jig-So continue to go from strength to strength.”

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18 May 2017

Local AM Attends Epilepsy Awareness Event

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently attended an epilepsy awareness event at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay to help raise awareness of some of the challenges faced by people living with epilepsy in Wales. 1 in 94 people in Wales currently have epilepsy and of those diagnosed, 1 in 10 are children under the age of 18 and 1 in 5 will have learning difficulties.

Paul Davies said, “I was delighted to attend the epilepsy awareness event to learn more about the challenges facing patients and families of those with this condition. There’s currently around 20,000 – 30,000 people with epilepsy in Wales, meaning that it’s three times more common than multiple sclerosis and more than three times as common as Parkinson's disease and cerebral palsy. The sheer scale of epilepsy prevalence in Wales shows that information, training and support is essential. It’s time for the Welsh Government to deliver much more accessible services for the epilepsy community in Wales and I will continue to campaign alongside Epilepsy Wales to see these services delivered.”

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Local AM Supports Dementia Awareness Week

Paul is pictured on the Senedd steps, showing his support for Dementia Awareness Week 2017.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has shown his commitment to supporting people affected by dementia, by helping raise awareness of dementia with Alzheimer’s Society Cymru. Mr Davies joined Alzheimer’s Society Cymru to mark Dementia Awareness Week 2017 and is supporting the campaign’s Statement of Opinion, tabled by Angela Burns AM.

Mr Davies said, “I’m pleased to show my support for Dementia Awareness Week and to hear more about the important work done by Alzheimer’s Society Cymru to make Wales a more dementia-friendly place. By 2055, there will be over 100,000 people living with dementia in Wales and so it’s absolutely crucial that we work together to improve care and services.”

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10 May 2017

Paul Davies Supports Blood Bikes Wales

Paul is pictured on one of the bikes with a Blood Bikes representative.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently attended a reception to raise awareness of Blood Bikes Wales, a voluntary organisation, which provides an out-of-hours emergency motorcycle courier service to hospitals across Wales. They provide the service, free of charge and are funded by public donations.

Mr Davies said, “I’m delighted to show my support for Blood Bikes Wales and help raise awareness of the important work that the riders do. I understand that for every £1 donated to the service, the NHS saves £5, so the whole concept is a win-win for everyone. The riders are all volunteers who give up their free time to transport urgent medical supplies such as blood, plasma, test samples and other items between health sites. I pay tribute to all the riders, who are providing an invaluable service to our health service and I sincerely hope that the public continue to support this worthwhile cause.”

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08 May 2017

Paul Davies Backs New Petition to Reinstate Hospital Services

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting a new petition led by Save Withybush Action Team (SWAT) calling for the return of 24 hour consultant led obstetrics, paediatrics and SCBU (Special Care Baby Unit) to Haverfordwest. The new petition comes in light of Dr Chris Overton’s review of Hywel Dda’s perinatal outcomes, which looks at evidence from the audit of the All Wales Perinatal Survey (AWPS) 2012-16 and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists’ (RCOG) Each Baby Counts initiative in 2015.

Mr Davies said, “I’m pleased to once again add my voice to those campaigning to see services re-established at Withybush hospital. Dr Overton’s review highlights the significant impact that the Welsh Government’s centralisation of services has had on perinatal mortality in Pembrokeshire. Therefore, it’s crucial that in light of this new evidence, we all work together to press the Welsh Government to reverse their centralisation agenda and reinstate our much-needed services. I will of course, be raising this matter directly with the Welsh Government as soon as the opportunity presents itself and I encourage everyone across Pembrokeshire to download the petition via the SWAT Facebook page and make sure you show your support.”

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