Theatre in the Rough Festival
THE Theatre in
the Rough Festival, which is a festival of new playwriting for young
people aged 13 to 18 from across Sefton, is currently accepting open
submissions for this year's festival, which takes place at the
Southport Arts Centre and The Brindley in May 2009. This is a great
opportunity for young people from across the borough to write
creatively for the stage, and to make their voices heard in a way
not usually available to them.
"The Theatre in the Rough Festival is funded by Express Sefton
and Awards for All and is open to all writers aged between 13
and 18, living in Sefton. Scripts should be no longer than 15
minutes in length. Plays should somehow be connected with some
aspect of Sefton. Writers may work in groups if they wish. We're
looking for exciting, edgy, original plays, written in the true
voices of the borough's young people. Selected plays will be
performed by a professional cast at the Southport Arts Centre
in May." said Chris Fittock, Artistic and Literary Director.
Plays should be emailed to:-
firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, 13 April 2009.
Full details and some playwriting tips are
available on our website:-
HARBOUR TRAFFIC CONTINUES TO HOLD UP
traffic figures showing a decline of 15%, the Isle of Man Steam
Packet Company is pleased with the February harbour traffic figures,
which show a 6% increase in foot passengers and a 1.2% increase in
vehicles when compared with February 2008. This increase has been
achieved in spite of the fact that February 2008 was longer due to
last year being a leap year. At a time when the global
economic climate is continuing to create testing trading conditions
for many businesses, the Company is encouraged by the February
figures which build on the increases seen in January 2009.
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive, Mark Woodward
said:- "I am encouraged by the latest harbour figures which
show that passengers are continuing to take advantage of our very
competitive fares. Economic conditions remain difficult and we
expect to see a year on year reduction in passenger numbers next
month given that the important Easter period falls in April this
year, as opposed to March last year."
Electric Beds Arrive Throughout The Trust
NEARLY 400 of
the current beds at both Ormskirk & District General Hospital and
Southport & Formby District General Hospital are being replaced with
electric beds that the patients can operate themselves. This
is being done to promote patient comfort and independence, when
appropriate, through the use of a simple hand set and to help reduce
staff manual handling problems.
All the new beds allow for more flexibility of positioning due the
special modification of the mattress platform and mattress, which
guarantees maximum patient comfort in all positions and can
contribute to the prevention of pressure sores in the pelvic area.
The new beds offer optimum protection against a fall as the longer
bed side rails provide the patient with maximum protection but do
not restrict the patient's movement on the bed. Not only are
they more comfortable for the patients, they are easier to manoeuvre
for the nurses and porters and they will help to maintain our
control of infection as they are more streamlined, which makes the
bed's maintenance and surface cleaning very easy.
One of the first patients to get a new bed was Mrs Christine Bromley
from Skelmersdale, who was a patient at Ormskirk Hospital. "It is really comfortable and it is great to be
able to position the headrest exactly where I want it when I want
it. It gives me independence and saves me having to ask the nurses
to move the head rest for me."
As Mrs Bromley is a care worker
at Arranmore Park Care Home in Burscough and she commented that:-
I know how hard it
is to move patients in bed, so I'm sure
the nurses will really appreciate these new beds as it will make
their job a lot easier."
Liz Yates, Director of Nursing said:- "These new beds are
beneficial to both patients and staff and I am delighted with their
The new beds will be installed across the Trust over the
coming few weeks, so all patients and nurses will see and feel a
difference very soon."