Norovirus warning for hospital visitors

Visitors are being asked to stay away from the hospital if they have recently suffered from vomiting or diarrhoea.

image from formbyfirst.typepad.comNorovirus, the winter vomiting bug, is circulating in the community and one case was confirmed this week at Southport and Formby District General Hospital.

A number of beds on wards 7A and 10A have been temporarily closed to new admissions as a precaution.

Andrew Chalmers, Deputy Director of Infection Prevention and Control, said:

“Instances of diarrhoea and vomiting are always investigated when they occur in hospital. As a precaution, we may close bays within wards while we investigate the cause, which is usually due to a patient’s medical condition rather than infection.

“Coming to the hospital as a visitor when you are poorly with sickness and diarrhoea risks spreading germs to patients and staff. Please stay away unless it is absolutely necessary. If a visit is essential, please telephone the ward manager first.”

Symptoms of norovirus include a sudden onset of vomiting and/or diarrhoea. Some people may have a temperature, headache and stomach cramps.

The illness usually resolves in one or two days and there are no long-term effects. If you are affected, stay at home, drink plenty of fluids, wash your hands after using the toilet and prior to eating, and clean or disinfect contaminated surfaces.

 


Weather Warning: Watch Out For Brian

The Met Office has already issued warnings of very strong winds this weekend.

Sefton Council issued this warning on their Twitter stream on Friday at lunchtime.

Our local Police have also added their advice.

One of the effects of this weather warning is that @TheSeftonCoast have issued this cancellation note.

Take heed of the warnings, batten down your hatches and be safe this weekend.

 


Hospital League of Friends transforms children’s waiting area

A children’s waiting area at Ormskirk hospital has received a makeover thanks to the  League of Friends.

Waiting areaThe waiting area within the antenatal and gynaecology clinic has new child-friendly furniture, flooring and a mural painted by local artist Gary Scarisbrick. The area allows children to be entertained while their mothers or carers wait for their appointment.

Robin Rootes is a midwife in the clinic and helped design the mural featured on the wall. She said: “The new children’s area has had a complete revamp and it’s made such a difference to the atmosphere in the clinic. The children now have somewhere inviting to play while they wait, which helps their mum or carer relax.

“We couldn’t have done it without the support of the League of Friends.”

Now the area is complete the team are looking to get some new toys for the children to play with as the current ones are a little worn and tired. Any donations of new toys would be gratefully received.

Picture shows Robin Rootes with Dave Halsall from the League of Friends

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

 


Formby Actress Lands Lead Role

This Christmas, The Black-E Liverpool will transform into an enchanted castle as Liverpool based theatre company Drops of Light CIC present their festive offering for 2017, Beauty & the Beast.

Formby born Tori Hargreaves will play the role of Beauty. 

Tori as the BeautyTori was born and raised in Formby trained in acting at Arts Education School London where she currently resides. She has previously enjoyed success in a number of roles most notably appearing in Bill Kenwright’s Blood Brothers. Tori is delighted to be returning to her native Formby for the festive season


Staged in one of Liverpool’s most iconic arts buildings The Black-E, Great George Street from 6th – 31st December, Beauty and the Beast offers a magical setting for families to enjoy a unique Christmas treat with a reimagining of the classic fairytale. The 350 seat capacity venue will be transformed into an enchanted castle to stage Beauty and the Beast, the first ever pantomime to be staged at TheBlack-E, a venue that has been at the heart of Liverpool’s art scene since the late 1960s.  Not to be missed, Beauty and the Beast promises all-out magic and sparkle in a show that will appeal to families of all ages.


Drops of Light CIC are a community focused theatre production company. Beauty and the Beast will be created through collaboration between professional actors and creatives who will work alongside community groups guiding them through workshops run by a range of industry professionals to create a unique full-scale show. Tickets are on sale now with prices starting at £12 grab yours and treat the whole family.

Tickets are on sale now with prices starting at £12 grab yours and treat the little princes and princesses in your life to a Christmas treat they will treasure.

Tickets
£12 Child
£16 Adult
Available at www.dropsoflightcic.com Discounts available for group bookings. Contact theteam@dropsoflightcic.com

Trailer https://vimeo.com/229615760


Local teenager shortlisted for NHS apprentice of the year

A 17-year-old from Kirkby has been shortlisted for apprentice of the year in the North West Skills Development Network Informatics Apprentice of the Year awards.

BI-team-webDaniel Curran, who went to Maricourt Catholic High School in Maghull, has been shortlisted for the prestigious award due to the hard work he has displayed throughout his apprenticeship in the business intelligence team at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG.
The award acknowledges and celebrates the outstanding commitment to professional development and occupational progress of informatics apprentices, alongside the contribution and positive difference they make to their workplace.

Talking about his nomination, Daniel said: "In the first year of my apprenticeship I feel that I have developed and matured personally and academically. On a personal

In the first year of my apprenticeship I feel that I have really developed and matured personally and academically. On a personal level I feel I have matured a lot. The apprenticeship role has played a large part in developing my skills and ability to work in a team.

I came straight into work not knowing anyone in the team so I had to take it upon myself to get to know everyone and mould myself into being part of the team. I’d say I’ve also developed my confidence in the workplace which I feel has improved a lot as before I came here I was very shy.

Karl McCluskey, chief strategy and outcomes officer, said: “We are really happy for Daniel. He deserves to be recognised for his work here at the CCGs. While excelling in the technical and academic aspects of his learning, he has also had many professional accomplishments.

His work has been of such a high standard that some of it has been incorporated into our monthly Integrated Performance Report, which is presented to the Governing Body and published on our website.

Myself and the team wish him the best in the awards although getting shortlisted is already a great accomplishment and we are really proud of his achievements.

Daniel has been shortlisted alongside Arron Jones from Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Bethany Egerton at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.

The winner will be announced at the Informatics Connect Conference on Friday 22 September at the Hilton Hotel, Blackpool.