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12 August 2010
Ambulance For St. John Ambulance Merseyside
Ambulance Merseyside has taken delivery of their newest frontline
accident and emergency ambulance. The vehicle, equipped with life
saving medical equipment will join the charities fleet of ambulances
in serving the people of Merseyside at hundreds of public events
throughout the year. The Ambulance will be operated by St. John’s
highly trained volunteer ambulance crews and will transport the sick
and injured from the events and support work that St John Ambulance
are present at across the county. The organisations Ambulances cost
on average some £60,000, and that’s before any equipment has been
added. They are purchased following fundraising activities and in
this case, a significant donation from the The Wolfson Foundation -
a charity that awards grants to support excellence in the fields of
science and medicine, health, education and the arts & humanities.
Mark Dean, the organisations Head of Service Support said:-
“This is a welcome addition to our fleet of vehicles in Merseyside.
We are extremely busy throughout the year and across the region and
our Ambulances are a frontline tool in helping to keep the people of
Merseyside safe, and well looked after should the worst happen
whilst they are at an event. We have well trained professional
crews, excellent equipment and a fleet of well-maintained and modern
Ambulances – all of which help to keep us as the lead supplier of
medical, first aid and ambulance cover to the regions events.”
The Ambulance is being dedicated at the organisation’s headquarters
in Liverpool by the Rector of Liverpool, Rev’d Steven
Brookes. Following the short ceremony the Ambulance will be
immediately sed at a number of events St. John are covering
including motor-racing at the Aintree racecourse motor circuit.
ROBBERY - BET FRED BOOKMAKERS, BRECK ROAD
Police are now appealing for witnesses to a robbery near to Bet Fred
bookmakers on Breck Road in Anfield on Thursday, 5 August 2010.
Two women shop workers were leaving the premises at around 2.30pm
when they were approached by a man who grabbed a handbag belonging
to one of the women containing some of the shop's takings.
A member of the public came to the aid of the women and tackled the
offender, who ran off in the direction of Hunt Street and Thirlmere
Court where he was seen getting into a light blue Renault Megane
The offender is described as having mousey brown or red hair and was
wearing a grey tracksuit with the hood up and the drawstring pulled
tightly around his face.
CCTV is being examined in the area and house to house enquiries have
been carried out.
Detective Inspector Eddie Cowan said:- "We take incidents of
this nature extremely seriously and are appealing to anyone who may
have seen this incident or knows anything about it to contact us in
confidence. We will also be speaking to the management of all
betting shops to offer security advice and improve security measures
Anyone with any information is asked to call detectives at St Anne
Street on:- 0151 777 4811, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800
Website tells spinal injuries centre's amazing story
THE North West
Regional Spinal Injuries Centre at Southport has launched its new
The centre was initially established in the town's former Promenade
Hospital in 1947 but is now based at Southport and Formby District
General Hospital. It admits people from Merseyside, Greater
Manchester, Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire,
parts of North Wales and the Isle of Man with a total catchment
population of more than 6.5 million.
A team of specialist medical, nursing and rehabilitation staff
provide care for spinal injured patients from their initial injury
and acute care through a range of rehabilitation to discharge and
ongoing lifelong care. Patients have use of their own sports hall
and swimming pool.
In addition, the centre is an internationally recognised centre of
excellence for the treatment of people who require permanent
mechanical ventilation following spinal cord injury and admits
patients from across the UK for this highly specialised care.
The average age of our patients is 48 but our youngest was two and
our oldest 103.
Historically, a high percentage of our patients have been young men
involved in road traffic accidents. However, while the majority are
still male, the number of such injuries has reduced over the last
five years. We now see more patients with injuries due to falls and
sporting activities with diving currently being the most common
Almost half of the patients referred to the centre have incomplete
damage to their spinal cord resulting in varying degrees of motor
and sensory abilities below the level of injury, so each patient has
a unique injury and individual rehabilitation goals.
The average length of time from first mobilising following the
period of initial recovery to discharge may be between three to six
months dependent on the level of the injury and any medical
complications. Each patient is allocated a case manager, and through
their efforts we achieve a return to home in 75% of cases.
Centre clinical director Dr Clive Glass said:- "This centre
has a proud and distinguished history which is reflected in our new
website as well as informing patients and families of the services
that we offer."
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