FORGET FLOWERS, MUMS PREFER TO HEAR YOUR VOICE ON MOTHER’S DAY
THIS Mother’s Day, there’s no need to spend a fortune on
flowers and chocolates, as new research from TalkTalk reveals that
51% of mums with absent children would rather receive a call from
their kids on Mother’s Day to flowers, chocolates or even a card.
After receiving a call, the most popular gifts as voted for by mums
are cards (30%) and flowers (9%). As for emailing, it just
doesn’t seem to do it for mums. Only 2% would be happy with an email
from their kids. Even dads prefer to speak to their children on a
special occasion such as Father’s Day or their birthday, with 45%
favouring a phone call over any other method of communication.
David Thatcher, Managing Director of TalkTalk comments:- “It’s
clear that mums value a good old fashioned phone call well above any
other method of communication when their children are away from
home. Not only is calling a simple and effortless way to make
contact this Mother’s Day, but it’s also cheaper than sending
The importance of a phone call from a loved one should clearly not
be underestimated, however, the research shows that 32% of adult
Brits think they should be calling their parents more often and for
longer. Only 31% call their mums or dads more than once a week.
Indeed, over 5.6 million people now admit to regularly ‘fitting
in’ catch-up calls to their parents from their mobile phones
whilst out and about, such as when commuting or shopping. 45%
say that an average catch-up call to our parents from our mobiles
lasts under 5 minutes. The worst culprits are 16 to 34 year olds,
with 36% admitting to regularly fitting in catch-up calls to their
parents while “on the move”.
Psychologist Donna Dawson attributes this rushed calling home trend
to people making maximum use of every minute of ‘dead time’
in the day. She comments:- “Gone are the long, cosy chats that
children used to make to their family on a Sunday evening. I suspect
that there has been a real increase in this type of rushed calling
in the last few years. Being ‘on the move’ automatically means that
conversations between young people and their parents have to be kept
short and superficial.”
Cancer services should be an example to all
A RECENT independent review of the cancer services provided
by the Trust recommended:- "that this NHS Trust be used as an
exemplar practice in its overall approach to the cancer services
agenda and palliative care in particular."
The independent review was part of a National Peer Review Programme,
which aims to improve care for people with cancer and their
families. It looks at the way the Trust ensures services are as safe
as possible, at how we improve the quality and effectiveness of the
care we provide and how we improve the patient and carer experience.
The Review Programme undertakes independent, fair reviews of
services providing development and learning for all involved and
encourages the sharing of good practice.
Chris Sheridan, Manager of Cancer Services at the Trust said:-
"It is always encouraging when outsiders compliment the services
we provide, but it is particularly pleasing when it is other health
professionals from outside the area who undertake the review. It is
also good for our patients to know that they are receiving a quality
service, so much so that our practices are being recommended to
others as the way to provide services. Only ourselves and one other
hospital in the area received such a recommendation in this review."
The review concluded that overall results for our Trust are
extremely good and that there are very good local relationships
covering both primary and secondary care and user involvement. It
also found that within the clinical and crosscutting
multidisciplinary teams and services, there is clear leadership
within the Trust. We were also commended for its senior clinical and
managerial engagement with cancer services. Finally it concluded
that there were no immediate risks identified and that there were
numerous examples of good practice.
Both Southport & Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk &
District General Hospital offer purpose built accommodation to our
patients where a comprehensive range of clinical services is
available. Our Cancer Unit provides diagnosis, treatment and care
and we work in close partnership with other services with Merseyside, Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology, the Cardiothoracic Centre and
Liverpool Women's Hospital.
Every patient that is referred by his or her GP with a suspected
cancer will be seen by a specialist within two weeks in line with
the Government's target. Their diagnosis and treatment will be fully
managed by a multidisciplinary team consisting of a Lead Clinician,
surgeons, oncologists, clinical nurse specialists and other