Arthritis drug trialled at Southport & Ormskirk
arthritis patients at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital are benefiting
from a new drug that could revolutionise treatment of their
condition. It is hoped the clinical trial of Tocilizumab will
transform the lives of patients for whom other therapies are
unsuitable or won't work. 5 patients are receiving injections
of the drug once a month for 6 months.
The trial, which is one of a number being run across the UK funded
by the pharmaceutical company Roche, is expected to be completed
early next year.
Consultant rheumatologist Khalid Binymin is leading the research at
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. He said:- "We
are very lucky to be asked to host such prestigious research and
this is the first time a clinical trial of such a drug has been
conducted at the hospital. The treatment has the potential to
stop the disease in its tracks. Arthritis can be a crippling
condition and our patients are already reaping the benefits."
Mr Binymin's work will help inform a national decision on whether
the drug is judged effective enough to be affordable by the NHS.
Those patients on the trial for whom the drug works will continue to
receive it for free from the manufacturer regardless of this
Stunning photo exhibition at Bluecoat
YOUNG people with learning
disabilities are displaying stunning photographs at the prestigious
Bluecoat arts centre in Liverpool. The youngsters, who are
aged from 12 to 18 and have autism, all attend Prescot Drive Respite
They have been involved in a 3 month scheme run by PhotoVoice, a
national charity which aims to help marginalised groups express
themselves. During the project – titled:- “My City, My World” –
they have been given expert guidance on photographic techniques by
professionals. They have visited many of the city’s most
famous landmarks to build up a portfolio of work documenting their
lives and aspirations. It has included going to museums, cathedrals,
Liverpool Football Club and boarding a Mersey Ferry.
The exhibition will be officially opened by Lord Mayor Mike Storey
on Tuesday, 15 December 2009 at 5:00pm and will be on display at the arts
centre, on School Lane in Liverpool city centre, until Sunday, 20
Councillor Storey said:- “This is a fantastic project which is
giving the young people the chance to have their work displayed in
one of the city’s most high profile arts venues. As well as
giving them the opportunity to express themselves through
photography, it will also give them a fantastic sense of achievement
to have their images shown in public. I would urge anyone who
is in the city centre doing their Christmas shopping to pop in to
the Bluecoat and have a look at their work.” One of the young people who has taken part in the scheme is 17 year
old Daniel Davies from Belle Vale. His photographs include the Bill
Shankly statue at Anfield and the city’s two cathedrals. He
said:- “It’s been excellent - it’s been really great and I’ve
learnt such a lot by going out with staff from the respite centre.
I’m definitely going to be continuing taking more photographs in
future.” The scheme has been supported by the city council and Fusion, a
project based in Norris Green which gives young people with
disabilities the chance to take part in activities.
Admission to the exhibition is free.
Children shape the future of Liverpool’s new community woodland
Liverpool’s West Derby area are working with an award winning
community artist to create a range of sculptures for the new
£600,000 Mab Lane Community Woodland - a Forestry Commission and
School children from St Brigid’s, St Albert’s and Mab Lane Community
Primary schools are getting crafty with artist John Merrill to
design three masterpieces that will become the visual identity for
the 25ha green space, close to Stockbridge village and Croxeth
Taking the environment as the theme, John will
be running a series of workshops with the children that will carve
out the inspiration for the site’s landmark works of art, and gives
schools the chance to continue to celebrate Liverpool’s Year of the
Mab Lane Community Woodland, the new multi-functional green space at
the heart of the West Derby community is being created through a
partnership of Liverpool and Northwest organisations. £440,000 of
investment for the project has been provided by the Northwest
Regional Development Agency (NWDA) via the NWDA and Forestry
Commission partnership programme, ‘Newlands’ which is rejuvenating
435 hectares of the Northwest’s most damaged land to encourage
economic growth and social and environmental enhancements.
funding for the project is being provided by Riverside via the Big
Lottery Fund’s ‘Changing Spaces’ programme, the Forestry Commission
through the English Woodland Grant Scheme, and Liverpool City
Work is already underway on site to rectify water logging problems,
with a series of drains installed to redirect excess water from the
site. And a network of footpaths has began to be laid that will
provide access to the woodlands’ natural and man-made attractions.
Due for completion in Summer 2010, West Derby’s freshest green
offering will boast 20,000 new native UK trees, many of which will
be planted by local school children and community groups. The site
will also offer wildflower meadows and a community orchard as well
as larger-than-life sculptures by John Merrill and local school
To ensure Mab Lane Community Woodland adheres to the ideas and
aspirations of the local community and visitors to the site,
Liverpool City Council and The Mersey Forest will continue to work
with the people of West Derby to ensure the long-term vision for the
area becomes a reality.