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Date:- 13 February 2006

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We love recycling - it's true!

LOVE-RAT Billy Liar will get his comeuppance when his three girlfriends recycle their valentine's gifts.

THE stars of the Liverpool Playhouse show, Billy Liar, are getting together on Monday 13 February to promote Liverpool City Council's recycling service just in time for Valentines Day.

The city's environment and heritage chief, Councillor Berni Turner, said:- "Valentines Day produces lots of waste which can be recycled, not just thrown in the bin.

Unwanted romantic cards can be put in purple bags, flowers go in the green garden waste bag and all your empty bottles of bubbly can be deposited in your purple recycling box.

Record numbers of people in Liverpool are recycling their household rubbish. Since April last year, our recycling team has collected 16,000 tonnes of recyclable material, compared to just 11,000 this time last year.

This is fantastic news and I hope that more and more people learn to love recycling and stay faithful to it!"

Michael Imerson, who plays Billy, will be joined on stage by his three on-set girlfriends Natalie Gumede (Liz), Jessica Harris (Rita) and Victoria Gee (Barbara) at the Playhouse on Monday. They will throw away the rogue Casanova's unwanted romantic gifts into the different recycling bags and boxes.

Billy Liar is on at Liverpool Playhouse until Saturday 25 February 2006. To book tickets, call the Box Office on 0151 709 4776.

Hospital Trust is one of the safest

AN INDEPENDANT health watchdog has confirmed that Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is one of the safest in the country.  An assessment carried out in December puts the Trust in an elite group of only 11 in the country who can boast the highest standards of safety for their patients.

Medical Director, Geraldine Boocock said:- "Patients can now use their local Trust confident in the knowledge that they are being treated in one of the safest in the country. We can now prove beyond doubt that our patients receive the most appropriate, evidence based and up to date treatment; that we continue to reduce infection and that we are able to learn from our mistakes. In the new era of 'Choice' where patients will be asked to choose the hospital where they want to go, I would urge patients to look very carefully at the safety record of the choices on offer.  Although we strive as a Trust to be among the best in the country and this assessment shows that we are, we are also human. Mistakes do sometimes happen, fortunately not very often, but when they do we make sure we learn from them. Why did they happen? What can be done to prevent them happening in the future? These are questions that we always ask. And once they have been answered we make sure mechanisms are in place to minimise the risk of them happening again. This award proves that we learn from our mistakes making Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust one of the safest in the country. This is as good a guarantee as you will get about the competence of the staff who treat you."

Sharon Fishwick, who was responsible for getting all of the evidence together for the assessment said:- "This is fabulous news for our patients. Coming into hospital is often a very anxious time but in gathering the evidence it became apparent that everyone right throughout the Trust treats safety very seriously. It has taken nearly 5 years of very hard work by everyone from the cleaners to the doctors and they should be proud of what they have achieved".

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