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Taking a break

Still recovering slowly from my recent sickness. After a prolonged bedrest, I'm starting to venture out a little.
I'll recommence normal service when I recover.

Enjoy the star of Autumn, the season of mists and  mellow fruitfulness.

British Summer Time Ends on Sunday

Don't forget to adjust your clocks on Saturday/Sunday as British Summer Times comes to an end.

Alarm Clock LiveIn the UK the clocks go forward 1 hour at 1am on the last Sunday in March, and back 1 hour at 2am on the last Sunday in October.

The period when the clocks are 1 hour ahead is called British Summer Time (BST). There's more daylight in the evenings and less in the mornings (sometimes called Daylight Saving Time).

When the clocks go back, the UK is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).


Health and wellbeing event to help those affected by cancer

Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre will be holding its eighth ‘Health and Wellbeing event’ on Thursday 3rd November and anyone who has been affected by cancer, whether directly or through supporting someone is invited to come along.  Health and wellbeing event to help those affected by cancer

Macmillan team at Gardening TableThe centre, a joint partnership set up by Macmillan and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is holding the event in partnership with Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre from 1pm – 3.30pm.

On the day, the centre’s support groups, such as the gardening, walking and craft group, will be promoted and guests will be encouraged to join if they wish.

There will also be lots of information stalls to visit on the day where people can access support from cancer nurse specialists, support groups, benefits advisors and other key organisations.

There will be talks about managing fatigue and the benefits of physical activity, as well as a healthy eating stall, hand massages by Sefton OPERA and entertainment from the Macmillan Singing Group.

Dr Graeme Allan, Macmillan GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG cancer clinical lead, said:

“These events are ideal for people to come along to and meet others who have had a similar experience. It is always useful to share and the hope is that there may be an activity or group out there that suits an individual’s needs, so you might go away with an idea of what we can help you with. It’s a friendly and informative event and everyone is very welcome.”

Jackie Brunton, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s lead cancer nurse, said:

“We’re delighted to continue to build on the success of previous health and well-being clinics.  The events provide access to the wide range of services available locally all in one venue”

The regular Health and Wellbeing event aims to support people in adjusting to life with and beyond cancer by providing information on the wide range of services which are available locally as well as healthy living activities.

Anyone affected by cancer, either recently or in the past, as well as family and friends supporting others are welcome to book onto this free event.

The events are friendly and educational with the opportunity for visitors to chat to cancer nurse specialists, key organisations and support groups.

The Health and Wellbeing events are free of charge and refreshments are provided, but booking is essential.

To book onto the next event please call 01704 533024 or email: sfccg.macmillancic@nhs.net .

For more information about the work of the Macmillan Information and Support Centre in Southport, please see the website www.southportmacmillancentre.org.uk

Note: PhotographThe Macmillan team promoting the gardening group at a previous event


Craft Fair at Formby Library

Craft Fair at Formby Library

Formby Library is thrilled to be hosting a Craft Fair on Saturday, October 29 between 10am and 2pm.

Local Crafters will be selling their genuine handmade goods and original gift ideas.

There will be handmade cards, wood craft, crochet, cupcakes, embroidery and handmade soaps for sale.A ‘make and take’ activity for children will also be available in the junior library on the day.

All are welcome to come and have a look!

For more information about Sefton Libraries, visit


Hospital Announces Disciplinary Panel Decision

Outcome of chief executive disciplinary panel

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust confirmed today that its Chief Executive, Jonathan Parry, has been dismissed for gross misconduct.  Mr Parry has the right of appeal against the decision.

The announcement follows the outcome of a disciplinary hearing which reviewed 21 allegations of misconduct.  The disciplinary panel found evidence on 11 counts of misconduct, seven of which amounted to gross misconduct.  The panel’s recommendation has been accepted and implemented by the Trust Board.

Trust Chair, Mrs Sue Musson, said,

“This has been a very serious and complex matter for the Trust, and I am grateful to the panel for conducting the hearing and reviewing all the evidence so diligently.  Resolving this disciplinary case (subject to any appeal) will now enable the Board to focus on our future and on the Trust’s key priority, delivering high quality, sustainable healthcare services to our local population.”

Mrs Musson confirmed that she will not be extending her contract for a second term with the Trust.  She also confirmed that she will be taking up a new post as Chair of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in January 2017.

Mrs Musson has formally notified NHS Improvement of her decision and has informed her Board colleagues.  Mrs Musson’s final day with the Trust will be 30 November 2016.

Speaking about her decision, Sue Musson said:

“It has been a great honour and a privilege to have served as the Chair of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust for the last two years.“During my time as Chair, I have had an opportunity to work with many wonderful people who are dedicated to providing the best possible care to the local communities our NHS Trust serves.  Like me, they are passionate about the National Health Service and committed to delivering high quality healthcare services for the benefit of local patients.

“It was a very difficult decision choosing not to continue in the role.  I do believe, though, it is the right decision.

“The end of my current term of office coincides with the completion of the disciplinary investigations.  Therefore, this feels like an appropriate juncture for me to move on and for a new Chair to have a clear path to lead the Trust into the future.

“I want to acknowledge the bravery of the individuals who came forward and spoke out about their concerns. Following this difficult time for everyone concerned, the Trust now has an opportunity to focus on the future.

“I leave in the knowledge that the Trust is in the skilled, knowledgeable and capable hands of my Board colleagues.  I know they will support the incoming Chair and all the Trust staff to continue to deliver the best possible healthcare to the people of Sefton and West Lancashire.

“I want to thank everyone within the Trust and the wider health economy for their generous help and support.  I will very much miss working with you.

Mrs Musson has accepted the position of Chair at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  She will take up the post on 1 January 2017.

Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone     01704 704494
Email              tonyellis@nhs.net
Web                www.southportandormskirk.nhs.uk
Twitter            @SONHSTrust

image from www.formby.today

Hospital Memorial Service for Loved Ones

Hospital chaplain holds memorial service to remember loved ones

The chaplain of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, Rev. Martin Abrams, is leading a memorial service on 6 November for anyone wishing to remember a loved one.

The service will be held at 10.45am on Sunday 6 November at Ainsdale Methodist Church, opposite Ainsdale Village Green. Dr Karen Groves, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, will also take part in the service.

Martin says: 

“There are many ways people like to remember loved ones. For those who wish to do it in the context of a church service, and are not involved in other churches, there is a warm invitation to come to Ainsdale Methodist Church.

“Anyone is welcome at the service and we hope the time together will be gentle, supportive and encouraging for all. There will be an opportunity to remember loved ones in different ways, including lighting a candle of remembrance or placing a flower of remembrance.”

Dr Groves, added: 

“Remembering those we have loved and lost is important to us, and it can be important to continue to celebrate and remember their lives. November is already a month of remembrance and it seems entirely appropriate that we also remember those we have cared for here at the Trust.”

Refreshments will be available after the service.

Issued by Kimberley Rushton, Senior Communications and Marketing Officer
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone     01704 705061
Email              kimberley.rushton@nhs.net 
Web                www.southportandormskirk.nhs.uk
Twitter            @SONHSTrust







Calling All Busk Love Folk Artists

The Atkinson’s annual Love Folk Festival returns in February and once again they are looking to showcase new talent on their Busk Love Folk Stage.

The winners of the slots will be decided by The Love Folk Festival Team & their media partner, Fatea Magazine. For logistical reasons the slots are restricted to solo performers and duos and acts should be broadly in line with genres represented in the festival.