Hospital staff help
patients quit smoking
A campaign to
help smokers quit while they are patients in hospital has been
launched by Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. It is being
led by stop smoking nurse Beverley Rothwell.
"Every smoker who is admitted to hospital will be offered help to
stop smoking while they are in hospital followed by support in the
community when they are discharged. We have built up a team of 15
staff champions who provide a link to the stop smoking team and
support patients while they're on the wards." said Beverley,
who works for NHS Sefton.
Elaine Downey, from NHS Central Lancashire stop smoking service, is
supporting the campaign at Ormskirk hospital.
She added:- "It's never too late to stop smoking and the
service we offer is free whether you are a patient or not. With the
support we offer, deciding to stop smoking while you're a patient in
hospital can really give your chances of quitting a boost."
The Trust's campaign is being supported with posters, leaflets and
ward materials sponsored by pharmaceutical company Pfizer which
promote hospital stop smoking services.
Both Beverley and Elaine are promoting the campaign at both
hospitals since 12 July 2010.
Angela Kelly, Deputy Director of Nursing at the hospital trust,
said:- "There is compelling evidence that programmes to stop
smoking that begin during a hospital stay and include follow-up
support for at least one month after discharge are effective."
Trust chairman Sir Ron Watson CBE said:- "The Trust is
smokefree in both our buildings and throughout the hospital grounds.
This excellent programme will support patients, visitors and staff
who want to quit, improving their own health and the environment of
everyone around them."
Anyone can get help to stop smoking by calling:- 0300 100 1000
(Sefton residents) or on:- 0800 328 6297 (West Lancashire).
14 YEAR OLD STILL
MISSING - FENNICK KHOSHNAW
Police are becoming increasingly concerned about the whereabouts of
14 year old Fennick Khoshnaw of Alder Road,
West Derby, who has not been seen since Wednesday, 14 July 2010. As
soon as we have a picture we will put it out as Merseyside Police
have told us that there is no picture available at this time.
Fennick was last seen leaving school on Queens Drive at around
10.50am this morning and has not been in contact since. She is
described as dark European, 5ft 4in tall, of slim build with long
dark hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing her school
uniform which is a bottle green blazer and skirt. Fennick has
frequented the Kensington area. Officers would urge anyone who has
seen Fennick since this morning to contact Merseyside Police:- 0151
709 6010 or the Missing Persons helpline on Missing Persons Helpline
in confidence on:- 0500 700 700.
Passengers have their
say on Merseyside’s buses
AS part of its
drive to improve bus services and make a difference for passengers,
the independent watchdog Passenger Focus has found out what over
1900 passengers in Merseyside think about their bus services.
Overall satisfaction was 88%, with Arriva’s services rated 87% and
Satisfaction with key attributes are:-
► Getting a seat (89%)
► Length of time the journey took (86%)
► Journey‘s smoothness and freedom from
Length of time spent waiting for the bus (78%)
► Punctuality (75%)
This bus passenger satisfaction research which was published today
is part of an ongoing nationwide programme of bus passenger
satisfaction research in 14 areas – a mix of metropolitan, urban and
rural areas to reflect the different type of
journeys that passengers make. The surveys took place in Cumbria,
Manchester, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Medway (Kent),
Stoke-on-Trent, Brighton, Plymouth, Swindon, Cambridgeshire,
Cornwall, Hampshire and Shropshire.
Over 18,500 passengers participated in this detailed investigation
which looked at many aspects of passengers’ journeys. This report is
the biggest single survey of bus passenger views ever to be
published in England.
Julie Warburton, Passenger Focus manager, said:- “Our research
has found that most people are happy with many aspects of bus
services in Merseyside. However, over a quarter (26%) of passengers
were unhappy with the frequency of buses and more than a fifth (21%)
of fare-paying passengers were also dissatisfied with value for
money. Passenger Focus has explained these findings to Merseytravel,
Arriva and Stagecoach and is pressing them to focus their efforts on
delivering what passengers want."
FATAL RTC IN HESWALL
Police have confirm that the man who died on Tuesday, 13 July 2010,
as a result of a road traffic collision on Telegraph Road, Heswall
is 48 year old Paul Smith from the Heswall area. The cause of death
cannot be established at this stage and a post mortem will be
carried out shortly. Enquiries are ongoing into the incident.
Merseyside Police are still appealing for information about the
collision. Merseyside Police said that:- "At about 8.45am
officers received reports that a silver Ford Mondeo being driven
along Telegraph Road, near to a Tesco Superstore, in the direction
of Thursaston had left the carriageway and collided with a tree. The
48 year old driver of the vehicle was taken to hospital for
treatment where he later died. A passenger in the car received
slight injuries. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident to are
asked to contact them us on:- 0151 777 5771."