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Public Health Wales reiterates health advice following assessment of air quality data

Public Health Wales is reiterating its advice to residents in the area around the Withyhedge landfill site, following our health risk assessment of air quality data collected between 1 March and 3 April 2024.

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Public Health Wales reviews air quality data near Withyhedge

Public Health Wales have reviewed the air quality monitoring data provided to us and our initial public health assessment of that data does not give us any reason to change our advice.

Parents reminded of MMR importance as Gwent measles cases rise to 17

Public health officials are reminding parents and carers to ensure that their children are fully vaccinated with two doses of the MMR vaccine, as cases in the Gwent measles outbreak rise to 17.   

Official statistics show skin cancer remains most common cancer in Wales

The most common form of cancer diagnosed in Wales in 2020 was still non-melanoma skin cancer, despite a 17 per cent drop in diagnoses since 2019 associated with restrictions during the pandemic.

Public Health Wales continues to advocate for urgent action on air monitoring

Public Health Wales recognise that local people are very concerned about the odours around the landfill site at Withyhedge. We continue to call for improved air quality data to be provided, to allow us to make a health risk assessment of the site. This is in addition to our original recommendation that urgent action was taken to address the source of the odours.

First all-Wales Child Measurement Programme results since pandemic

Public Health Wales has released its most recent Child Measurement Programme official statistics which cover the period 2022-23. 

Home testing and treatment for blood borne viruses available in Wales

As the Infected Blood Inquiry report is published, we would like to remind people that there is a free home testing service in Wales that you can use to test for blood borne viruses.

Blood test in pregnancy means fewer anti-D injections required

Around 2,000 fewer women in Wales will need to have an anti-D injection during their pregnancy, thanks to a new cell-free fetal DNA testing programme being launched today. 

Study reveals mixed evidence on prehabilitation interventions for surgical waiting lists

A Public Health Wales study exploring prehabilitation interventions has identified that more research is needed to fully understand their effectiveness for improving patients’ health whilst waiting for surgery.