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Edition No. 172

Date:- 23 October 2004

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Patients' to drive Local NHS Service Improvement

SOUTHPORT & Ormskirk Hospital is to carry out a survey to find out what patients think about the care they receive at their Outpatient and Accident & Emergency departments.

Patients who have attended Accident & Emergency or Outpatient clinics at both Southport & Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk & district general hospital within the last few months may have received a questionnaire asking about their experiences. 


THIRTY five million people do it in the garden - but the RSPB wants even more folk in Lancashire to get out there and do it as well.

As the Society, the largest wildlife conservation charity in Europe, prepares to celebrate 'Feed the Birds Day' on Saturday 30 October, urging everyone in the county to fill up a feeder to make the day the biggest birdfeed bonanza ever.

Kirsten Whittaker, of the RSPB, said:- "We know that more than two thirds of the people in the UK claim to regularly feed their garden birds. This simple action makes a huge difference to those birds struggling to survive the cold and wet winter months.

We also know that three million people have feeders but leave them empty, so we're urging everyone to start thinking about winter feeding on Feed t
he Birds Day."

A host of celebrities, including Alan Titchmarsh, have backed the campaign for Feed the Birds Day by providing their tips and ideas on how to the garden for wildlife.

The RSPB Feed the Birds Day celebrity pack is available by calling the hotline 0870 601 0215 (calls charged at national rate) or visiting the RSPB website 


A Southport mum, who thought she could never have children, has been nominated by her young daughter for a prestigious award. 

Now Jan Nicholson of Dunbar Road, Hillside, Southport, has learned she is the North West winner of the My Little Pony Best Friend award. Mother and daughter will be guests of honour at a glittering My Little Pony Best Friends Ball in London on October 29 where the overall UK result will be announced.

Lots of girls describe their mother as their best friend but for Vicky Alston the relationship with her mother is very special.

When Jan was 32 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and after treatment was told she could never conceive. Eight years later when doctors were worried that she might be ill again they found the 'sickness' was a baby and she was seven months pregnant. Two months later Vicky was born on Christmas Eve.

Says My Little Pony collector Vicky, five years in December:- "Not only is my mum very special to me, I am extra special to her too.

She joins in all my pony games like a best friend should. We make up lots of stories at bedtime when we both pretend to be in Ponyville and I fall
asleep dreaming of playing with all my ponies.

My mum really deserves the award and I want to take her to the Friendship Ball to show her how much I love her."

As every My Little Pony fan will tell you there are no better role models than the cute four legged stars of their favourite pony games. This is the first year Hasbro - makers of the popular toy, have introduced these special awards as part of an ongoing effort to celebrate friendship and innocent play.

'We have had hundreds of entries from across the UK but Vicky was the only girl who nominated her mum for this award. Every girl's relationship with her mum is special but Vicky's entry really stood out' said the awards organiser Alpana Virani.

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