Biggest Ever Health Survey in the North West
THE North West
Public Health Observatory and the Centre for Public Health,
Liverpool John Moores University, will today launch the biggest ever
health survey of residents of the North West on behalf of the NHS
North West. Most illnesses and deaths are now linked to how
people live their lives, so this survey will explore areas such as
smoking, alcohol intake, eating habits and physical activity to try
to uncover more about the health of people across the region.
The health survey will run from June to September 2007 and will
cover all parts of the North West. Researchers will begin by
telephoning over 5,000 households representing individuals from all
walks of life - young and old, men and women, families and single
people, those living in cities and towns or in villages and remote
rural areas - so that all health issues can be explored.
Professor Mark A Bellis, Director of the North West Public Health
Observatory and the Centre for Public Health, said:-
“Thousands of people in the North West are now eating, drinking and
smoking themselves into long term ill health. The more we understand
about which communities are worst affected, the better health
services can provide them with precisely the right advice and
support they need to live longer, healthier and happier lives.
Increasingly we recognise that one size does not fit all when it
comes to the help people need to adopt healthier lifestyles. We hope
this survey provides some of the key information needed on how to
help make healthy choices more convenient and attractive to North
Dr Karen Tocque, Director of Science and Strategy at the North West
Public Health Observatory, added:- “As with many health
issues, the North West suffers a great deal more than other areas
but patterns are changing. We want people in the region to tell us
about their changing behaviours to find out what people are really
doing about healthy behaviour”
Dr Ruth Hussey, Regional Director of Public Health in the North
West, said:- “We hope that by highlighting how and why
individuals in the region continue to experience poorer health
compared with other parts of the country that it will prompt people
to take action to improve health for everyone in the North West”
This regional survey will be followed by a series of local surveys
in different areas where researchers will also be encouraging people
to participate. These surveys will focus on how localities differ
across the region and on how local services can be tailored for
people in those areas.
Local school children help the
Trust support World Environment Day
Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust celebrated World Environment Day on
Tuesday 5 June 2007 to raise the awareness of environmental issues
and to promote what the organisation is doing to contribute to the
environment. The theme of this year's event was:- "Melting
Ice... A Hot Topic?" The Trust's waste recycling
contractor, Shanks, sent their customer Liaison officer to join in
with the celebrations, and local school children from the ages of 4
to 11 from Southport's Bishop David Shepherd Church of England
School, and Skelmersdale's Kingsbury School submitted some beautiful
paintings on the theme of the environment. All the children were
awarded certificates and prizes for their efforts. Some of these
paintings will be mounted and displayed around the hospital. As part
of the celebrations the Trust put on an environmental quiz for staff
and visitors with prizes kindly donated from local suppliers. The
trusts restaurant also played a part in celebrating the day and
served local food for "the menu of the day", supported
by local farmers and suppliers.
Denise Alty of the Trust's Facilities Department said:- "I
would like to thank everyone who was involved in this very enjoyable
day, in particular the school children who had all drawn such
wonderful, colourful pictures. The environment is very much in the
news these days, and it was a good opportunity to show what we as a
Trust are doing to help and also to get the messages across to the
Eve of 60th Birthday
investment in hospitals, health centres and equipment has played a
major role in driving forward improvements in patient care, a
comprehensive assessment of the NHS estate shows. As the NHS
approaches its 60th anniversary in 2008, the report shows that the
bricks and mortar of the NHS are far younger than they were 10 years
ago. In 1997, 50% of the NHS estate was older than the NHS itself.
Today, that figure is only 20%.
Without this cash injection for the NHS infrastructure over the last
10 years, Rebuilding the NHS makes is clear that staff would have
lacked the state of the art facilities and equipment required to
slash waiting times, and reduce deaths from cancer and heart
The report shows that:-
£4.9bn has been invested in building 88 major hospital schemes since
1997. Another 24 hospital schemes, worth £4.6bn, are under
construction and 111 will be open by the end of 2010
2,848 GP premises have been refurbished or replaced and 674 One Stop
Primary Care Centres have opened. NHS patients are now experiencing
shorter waits to see a family doctor.
More than 1,300 items of the most modern equipment to diagnose and
treat cancer have been delivered since April 2000. Now, 99% of
patients with suspected cancer are now seen by a specialist within 2
weeks of GP referral - a figure that stood at 63% in 1997
Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt said:- "10 years ago the NHS
was in dire need of a facelift.
The public told the government then
that they wanted to see dramatic improvements in the quality of
hospitals, GP surgeries and equipment - and we listened.
to this massive investment that we have been able to lift the NHS
out of the Victorian era and into the 21st Century.
But this report is about much more than bricks and mortar. The huge
increase in new NHS buildings and state-of-the art equipment means
that patients are being treated faster than ever before.
helping NHS staff to reach the 18 week waiting target by the end of
2008, a fantastic goal to celebrate in the NHS's 60th anniversary
year. Patients now have more choice and are increasingly able
to access the NHS where they want, when they want it.
Around 90 new
NHS walk-in centres have opened since 1997, and a mobile MRI service
means that patients can be treated quickly and conveniently close to
The report makes clear that capital investment in the NHS will
continue, with £7bn worth of major hospital projects in the
From 2007-08, PCTs will also have greater
flexibility in how they spend capital funds. The amount allocated
unconditionally to PCTs, and predominately spent on maintaining
buildings and equipment, will increase by almost 30% to £168m.
Other key facts from the report include:-
Capital investment in equipment rocketed from £295m in 1996/97 to
£733m in 2006
Since April 2000, new and replacement equipment includes:-
scanners, 231 CT scanners and more than 730 items of breast
On average, one NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) facility
opened every week in 2006 and this is continuing throughout 2007.