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Coughs and colds? Stay away from the doctor's surgery.
The call tonight from GPs across the country feeling the pressure.
And Paul Pugh, left brain damaged after an unprovoked attack,
renews his plea to understand the consequences
Stay away from your local doctor's surgery if you have a cough or cold.
With cases at a seasonal high they're urging patients to make
appointments only if their symptoms become more serious.
And all seven of Wales' healthboards have told us that
with hospitals feeling the knock on effect,
people need to make sure they access the right care.
Like many GP practices this one in Swansea has seen its waiting room
It's a similar picture across Wales as patients are reported to be
turning up with common cold symptoms or a cough.
Something GPs say they can do nothing about.
Patients seem to think that antibiotics will clear
They do nothing for viral infections, which most of these are.
With the demand from patients it is more difficult to access
It means they have more difficulty getting
Busy surgeries mean busy hospitals with patients choosing to visit A
All seven health boards in Wales are warning against this tonight due
As is the Welsh Ambulance Service which says the number of 999 calls
it receives for nonemergencies is also up as a result.
Christmas and New Year and the winter pressures.
What we are asking people is to choose wisely and only
call the 999 system if it is a dire emergency.
The NHS is advising patients to look beyond the hospital or local surgery
and find an alternative in an effort to alleviate
the growing pressure on the health service.
Pharmacies like this one in Cardiff are very much at the front line.
The pharmacist can assess patients and decide what help they need
freeing up GPs to look after more complex cases.
There is capacity for community pharmacies to take on new services
We have the flu vaccination programme which pharmacies
are providing which is well received by the public.
Then we have the Choose Pharmacy scheme which has been
In Swansea a new 111 phone line is being trialled
where people can discuss symptoms from home with
With winter pressures on the health service showing no signs of easing
the message remains for everyone to consider their options before seeing
North Wales Health Board has admitted breaching its duty of care
to a patient with paranoid schizophrenia who was found dead
36-year-old Iwan Lewis, from Penygroes, was being treated
at the Hergest Unit at Ysbyty Gwynedd.
His mother, Elizabeth, accused Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board
of not listening to her concerns about his condition.
An inquest into his death recorded a narrative verdict.
A man found dead in Old Colwyn last night died of a single stab wound,
North Wales Police were called to an address in the Bryn Heulog
area and the body of 35-year-old David James Kingsbury was found
A 38-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
A petition signed by 14,000 people to keep a 19-year-old man
from Afghanistan in the UK, has been presented to the Home Office
by Cardiff Central MP, Jo Stevens.
Bashir Nadir has been living in Cardiff for the past nine years
Now he's reached adulthood he could face deportation.
A man left with severe brain injuries following an unprovoked
violent attack ten years ago, says his rehabilitation has
Paul Pugh spent two months in a coma after the attack
Tonight he's been given an award by Dyfed-Powys Police for his work
warning others of the dangers of alcohol fuelled violence.
He's been speaking to our reporter David Grundy.
The frantic 999 call made moments after the attack on Paul Pugh.
The captain of Cwmaman United football club had been
It's outside this pub exaclty ten years ago that
Paul Pugh was the victim of a sustained and prolonged
It's an attack left him in a coma for two months and in hospital
Today for the first time in ten years Paul went back
to the pub with his mum, Nesta.
It feels, to be honest, it feels great.
The attack has left Paul needing regular therapy.
He still has difficulty using one side of his body
Four men were jailed for carrying out the attack.
Paul says he has forgiven them and he now visits
schools and youth clubs to tell his story, urging
others to think twice about excessive drinking.
I mean, there are many things I can't do but this, I can do.
More than half of adults in Wales have suffered some form of harm or
negative experience as the result of someone else being under the
Recent research also found almost one in five
adults had felt physically threatened by somebody who had
been drinking, one in ten had their property damaged
by a drinker and one in 20 have suffered physical violence
at the hands of someone under the influence of alcohol.
Tonight, Paul was given a special commendation award from the Chief
Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police for his campaign to prevent what
happened to him from happening to others.
You are pretty inspirational chap, Paul.
Paul Pugh ending that report by David Grundy.
A Newport Liberal Democrat activist, due to stand in council elections
in the city in May, has been suspended from the party
Paul Halliday, who'll face a party hearing later this month,
says he's innocent and hasn't been made fully aware of what
A law which gives rights for people to access services in Welsh is too
complicated and will be reviewed according to the Welsh Government.
The Welsh language standards came into force last year.
They place a duty on councils, National Parks and the Welsh
Government to deliver some services bilingually.
Alan Curtis has been put in charge of overseeing
Swansea City players on loan at other clubs.
The new head coach Paul Clement had confirmed Curtis,
who's played more than 350 games for the Swans and has been
caretaker manager three times, would no longer be involved
The new role will see him monitor players from the first team
And two Welsh regions were in action in the Pro12 tonight.
Despite a half-time lead for Ulster, the Scarlets fought back to win
16-13 thanks to a controversial penalty try owing to
Meanwhile, the Dragons secured a comfortable 26-8 victory
over Treviso to move up into ninth place in the table.
The weekend weather now and Behnaz has the forecast.
We can look forward to a lot of dry weather as we head into this
weekend. It'll be less chilly bid we will see a lot of cloud round. Here
is the radar picture from early on. It has been pushing south and east
was and already it has cleared north Wales. Through tonight we will hang
on to a lot of cloud. Low-level cloud, mist and hill fog soap or
visibility. Temperature is no lower than five Celsius with the rain
lingering Jake Ross the south. -- across the south. We will see quite
bitter cloud across Wales. First thing tomorrow morning, not as
chilly as the past few days. We will see quite bit of clouded and
commerce in mist and fog lingering. The winds are lies with limited
amounts of brightness in the east and a lot of dry weather to look
forward to. Some coastal wind as well. As we go through the day, for
the rest of the British Isles, the best of the brightness across parts
of northern England and Scotland. Showers across Northern Ireland,
England and Wales will be cloudy. Tomorrow afternoon, we do have quite
a lot of cloud round. Mist and fog continuing but temperatures will be
in double figures. Very little change as we head into tomorrow
night. We will hang onto cloud. It will produce little bit of drizzle
but it should be eh frost free night. High-pressure remaining in
charge as we head into Sunday. Still cloudy with wet and windy weather to
come. That's Wales Today,
have a great weekend. Thank you for watching, from all
of us on the programme, goodnight.