World Arthritis Day
Thursday 12th October, 2023.

Events Tuesday 10th October, 2023

Events Thursday 12th October, 2023

Bowel Screening Wales

Bowel Screening Wales expands screening programme to include 51-54 year olds

As of  Wednesday 4th October 2023, Bowel Screening Wales will start to invite people aged 51, 52, 53 and 54 for bowel cancer screening for the first time. It follows the lowering of the age from 60 to 58 in October 2021 and from 58 to 55 in October 2022.

The programme will be rolled out to the newly eligible age group gradually over the next 12 months.

Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of death from cancer in Wales. Over 2,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in Wales, and it results in over 900 deaths. Evidence shows that screening people at a younger age enables more bowel cancers to be picked up at an earlier stage, when treatment is likely to be more effective and survival chances improved.

The screening test used is the highly effective Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT), which is simple for people to use at home, requiring just one sample of poo.  The test looks for tiny traces of blood (haemoglobin) in the sample, which are too small to be seen but can be an indicator of bowel cancer and benign polyps. 

An invitation and test kit will be arriving via post to those who are eligible over the next 12 months. The home test kit is easy to complete and to send to the laboratory for analysis.

If you receive an invitation, please do take up the offer.  It could save your life. 

Connecting Carmarthenshire

Connecting Carmarthenshire is a new preventative support and wellbeing service offering free advice and support to people living in Carmarthenshire.

The latest event will take place Wednesday 6th September between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the Hub Carmarthen, St Catherine’s Walk. SA31 1GA.

Diabetes Support

If you have had diabetes for many years or are newly diagnosed there are programmes to help you in the attached poster.  

Pelvic Health Information Hub

One of the first steps in developing the new HDD Pelvic Health pathway has been the development of our new Pelvic Health Website.

The website brings together information about pelvic health conditions, advice, support and treatment options with links to general wellbeing resources. 

Mental Health Support for All.

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the first health board in Wales to launch a dedicated mental health advice service, offering support for all age groups through the established 111 call line.

People will be able to access the service by phoning 111 and selecting option 2 where they will be put through to a mental health practitioner.

The service will be accessible 7 days a week from 9.00am through to 11.30pm, with plans in place to move to a 24/7 operating hours later in the year.

Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Hywel Dda yw’r bwrdd iechyd cyntaf yng Nghymru i lansio gwasanaeth cyngor iechyd meddwl pwrpasol, gan gynnig cymorth i bob grŵp oedran drwy’r llinell alwad 111 sefydledig.

O heddiw ymlaen bydd pobl yn gallu cael mynediad at y gwasanaeth drwy ffonio 111 a dewis opsiwn 2 lle byddant yn cael eu trosglwyddo i ymarferydd iechyd meddwl.

Bydd y gwasanaeth ar gael 7 diwrnod yr wythnos o 9.00am hyd at 11.30pm, gyda chynlluniau ar waith i symud i oriau gweithredu 24/7 yn ddiweddarach yn y flwyddyn.

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