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Edition No. 156

Date:- 19 June 2004

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Support for proposed move of acute medical beds.

SOUTHPORT and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust welcome the decision yesterday by the West Lancashire and Southport & Formby PCTs that the proposed move of General Medical Services should go ahead. 

It will mean the transfer of 85 acute medical beds and 3 coronary care beds to Southport & Formby District General Hospital from Ormskirk & District General Hospital. 

Jonathan Parry, Chief Executive said:- "While we understand the concerns raised during the consultation period, this will mean that we can go ahead with planning the move of medical services from Ormskirk to Southport and concentrate on ensuring the highest possible patient safety and quality of service. 

Our own Trust Board is meeting this afternoon to discuss how we will take these plans forward and we will keep residents informed as the process of moving the facilities takes place over the coming months.

In light of one of the major concerns raised during the consultation, we will also continue to discuss with local councils and service providers the issues about public transport."

Fish and chips Britain's favourite take-away 

AS the great traditional English meal is sold in droves in the UK every year, hundreds of fish and chip shops around the country will battle it out to win the coveted award, announced in London in January 2005. 

The National Fish & Chip Shop of the Year Competition 2004 launches today and fish and chip lovers in North West England have two weeks to vote for their favourite local chippy.

Tragic Road Collision in Ince Woods (Crosby).

AT around 8:30pm on Friday 11 June, police were called to the A565 at Ince Woods following a report that a white van had been in collision with the woods. On arrival police found Jennifer Gallen, aged 29 years, of Bootle, and her children Jack James Berry aged 9, and Kasey Lee Berry, aged 2, dead at the scene. 

A 30 year old man from Bootle, who was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol, has now been released on police bail. He has been bailed to re-appear at a police station on Merseyside in July, pending further inquiries. Police are now asking for anyone with information to call Traffic Officers on 0151 777 5730 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Liverpool organisation Succeeds in Sporting Challenge for NSPCC 

LIVERPOOL based Weston Spirit employees have been code breaking, midnight orienteering, mountain biking, bridge building and cross country running to complete this years Microsoft Challengers Trophy in aid of the NSPCC.

The 3 day and 4 night challenge set amongst the rugged terrain of the Isle of Wight, put more than 800 participants through a series of challenges designed to promote team spirit in the workplace, while raising this year's target of £400,000 for the NSPCC.

Weston Spirit Chief Executive, Ben Harrison, said:- "Taking part in this year's Microsoft Challengers Trophy has been a fantastic experience. The whole team worked very hard to complete the physical and mental challenges set throughout the event."

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