Increasing numbers of pets being put to sleep due to economic
veterinary charity, PDSA, is disturbed to hear reports of increasing
numbers of pets being put to sleep due to owners being unable to
afford vet bills.
“In many cases this extremely distressing and regrettable
outcome can be avoided,” says Sean Wensley, Senior
Veterinary Surgeon at PDSA. “PDSA provides free
veterinary care to the sick and injured pets of people in need so if
you receive Housing or Council Tax Benefit you could be eligible for
PDSA-funded treatment for your pets.
healthy animal to sleep should only ever be a last resort after
exploring all other options and we would encourage pet owners who
are struggling to provide for their pet’s good health to contact us
on our freephone number, 0800 731 2502. With PDSA care, no client’s
pet should have to die because of financial hardship.”
Indeed, PDSA has seen a 10% rise in the number of pets receiving
treatment at its PetAid hospitals and branches in the past year. The
charity will provide over 1.8 million free treatments and more than
200,000 preventive treatments, such as vaccinations, neutering and microchipping this year. Altogether, PDSA cares for more than
350,000 pet patients.
For those not eligible for PDSA-funded care, taking out a pet
insurance policy is a good way to ensure any potentially expensive
vets’ bills can be covered and spread the cost. There are many
different products on the market; PDSA for example provides its own
insurance, where policies can start from as little as 12p a day*.
Policies vary so it is important to thoroughly research what is best
for your particular situation.
*At least 10% of PDSA Pet Insurance customers would pay £7.07 a
month or less for their dog insurance, or £3.66 a month or less for
their cat insurance (Based on PDSA 2000 rates correct at July 2008
using the profile of all new business June 2007 to May 2008). Premiums depend on individual circumstances.
Policies are an annual contract, and premiums are paid on a monthly
Open Day at Southport & Formby District General Hospital
SOUTHPORT Hospital will be
holding an Open Day on Saturday, 13 September 2008, between 11am and
4pm, so why not come along and see what makes your hospital tick?
Jonathan Parry, Chief Executive said:- "We are really looking
forward to welcoming people to the Hospital Open Day. It is
the first one we have held for about 10 years at Southport hospital,
so it is a great opportunity for people to come and look round their
local hospital. There will be over 70 information stands from
all the different wards and departments, most of them with staff who
work in them for people to chat to. In addition a number of
departments will be open on the day for people to look round,
including one of our theatres, the endoscopy unit, the recently
opened audiology and eye units and, as something a bit different,
our kitchens. There will also be a cake stall, face
painting and a 'Well Teddy' Clinic for the children to bring their
teddies for a check-up. Finally, there will be a couple of
performances from the staff rock-group, Bandage. Everyone is
welcome to come along. Our staff have been working
tremendously hard in preparing for the day and are looking forward
to showing off the whole range of excellent services they provide.
For those living nearer to Ormskirk, there will be a similar Open
Day at Ormskirk & District General Hospital on Saturday 11 October
Funding Boost for Maritime Industries
scheme to train more commercial divers to work in Merseyside’s
maritime industry is set to receive a much-needed funding boost.
Liverpool City Council’s Executive Board is being asked to approve
funding for the project which is part of the groundbreaking
Stepclever initiative. Stepclever aims to transform areas of
north Liverpool and south Sefton into a place for new entrepreneurs
and successful, outward looking businesses. Stepclever’s board
is recommending that £278,700 be awarded to Mersey Maritime, the
umbrella organisation which represents the maritime business
community of Merseyside, for two projects.
One would see 10 people training to become commercial divers and
provide them with the required technical skills and business
training. The other project will enable school children to
learn about the shipping industry by promoting a Maritime Enterprise
Board game in schools in north Liverpool and South Sefton.
Cllr Gary Millar, Executive Member for Enterprise and Tourism,
said:- “The experts in the maritime industry have identified
that there is a significant need for qualified commercial divers and
this grant will enable people gain the training to qualify. But it
will also help them to gain the necessary business skills they will
need as successful self-employed workers.
It will also
encourage an enterprise culture in schools in an imaginative way and
give pupils a better insight into our world-renowned maritime
Mike Taylor, chairman of the Stepclever board, said:- “The
ripple effect that this project could have is enormous and will go
beyond the lucky 10 young people who receive this training. Not only
will they receive a life changing opportunity to have an exciting
career they will instantly become role models in their families and
communities because they will be proof that aspirations can be
realised even when you come from the most challenging of
Jim Teasdale, chief executive of Mersey Maritime said:- “Our
involvement in the Stepclever project is a prime example of how
Mersey Maritime works with partners to highlight careers
opportunities in the maritime sector and help local people into
It is clear from a whole range of developments
and projects on the river that the maritime industry on Merseyside
is booming, which means that young people coming into this industry
can train for a wide range of rewarding careers.
If the maritime element of the project is approved, the Maritime
Enterprise Game will not only help hundreds of school age young
people in north Liverpool and south Sefton to understand a bit about
our industry as well as inspire them to consider a career in it.
will also provide very specific training for 10 people who will then
be armed with the skills they need to take up identified job
opportunities as commercial divers.”