after £1m refurbishment
SOUTHPORT and Formby
District General Hospital’s mortuary has reopened after a £1m
refurbishment. The mortuary has been "future-proofed" with the
installation of new specialist equipment, including examination
tables and chilled storage capable of accommodating patients
weighing up to 50 stones.
The Town Lane building, which is also the public mortuary for the
Sefton Coroner, opened with the original hospital in the late
Eighties and was beginning to show its age.
During 5 months’ work, it was
stripped back to the brick, redesigned and rebuilt to 21st century
clinical standards. 62 patients can now be accommodated – 14 more
than previously. There is also improved security and infection
control measures, easier access for funeral directors and an
improved room where relatives can visit loved ones.
Bereavement and Mortuary Services
Manager Ben Swift has also left his mark on the design of the new
stainless steel post-mortem examination tables. During his
career he has worked on behalf of the Home Office planning for major
incidents, in disaster victim identification teams and forensic
post-mortem support, and been chair of the North West Mortuary Staff
Using this experience he worked
with manufacturers LEEC to make improvement to their standard design
and has been credited with his own "Swift" logo at the foot of each
table. "Mortuaries are an extension of the high quality,
end-of-life care the Trust provides for patients, so the planning of
this work and collaboration with partners has been essential in
ensuring we got this important work right without impacting upon
families’ needs during a time of loss," he said.
"All services within the Trust offer high quality patient care
and we are no exception. The refurbished mortuary ensures the high
standard me and my colleagues work to are now reflected in our
10 COMPANIES WIN
PLACES IN LEAGUE TABLE OF BRITAIN’S FASTEST-GROWING PRIVATE FIRMS
THE 15th annual Sunday
Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league table ranks Britain’s 100
privately-owned companies with the fastest-growing sales over the
last 3 years. There are ten companies headquartered in the
northwest on the league table (compared to 11 last year). They have
made a strong contribution to the local economy over the last 3
years, despite the tough economic conditions. They have combined
sales of £230m and employ 2,600 people, having added 2,000 jobs in
the last 3 years.
The region’s highest-ranked company is Warrington-based Secured
Mail, which features on the league table for the first time and is
ranked in the top 3 nationally. This company collects a total of 400
million letters and small packets each year from business clients
and transports them nationwide to depots of Royal Mail, which does
the final mile. Sales grew 233% a year from £884,000 in 2007 to
£32.6m in 2010, though margins were slim. Also new to the
table this year and based in Warrington, childcare voucher
administrator Fideliti was started with an investment of £50,000
from Betfred co-founder Fred Done. Sales have grown 87% a year from
an annualised £6.3m in 2008 to £41.3m in 2011.
Making its 2nd consecutive appearance is natural pet food producer
MPM Products. This Cheshire-based manufacturer’s products can be
found on the shelves of both independent and chain pet stores, with
premium flavours including tuna with ostrich. Sales grew 78% a year
from £1.5m in 2007 to £8.7m in 2010.
The companies in the northwest feature on the league table alongside
household names such as Cath Kidston, Ella’s Kitchen, Jack Wills,
Joules and Patisserie Valerie.
The Fast Track 100 is sponsored by Virgin, Barclays, BDO and
Microsoft. It is compiled by Fast Track, the Oxford-based networking
events and research company that champions the UK’s top-performing
Sir Richard Branson of Virgin, which has been the title sponsor of
the league table for all 15 years, commented:- "2011 has been
another challenging year for the UK in political and economic terms.
Against this economic background the strong performance of the Fast
Track 100 companies is to be especially applauded."
The national picture
This year’s Fast Track 100 companies achieved, on average, sales
growth of 87% a year over the last 3 years of available accounts,
from combined total sales of £714m in 2007/08 to £4bn in 2010/11.
They more than tripled their combined workforce to 18,200 over the 3
years, with more than 13,000 jobs being added over that period.
Despite the tough economic conditions, nearly half of the companies
have improved operating profit margins over the last 3 years; and 44
made profits of more than £1m.
Notable industry groups include consumer goods, which represent 23%
of the league table and include fashion stores like Jack Wills and
online sports retailers such as Wiggle. This industry group has
combined sales of £800m and employs 5,000 people. The 2nd largest
industry is food and drink, featuring 15 companies such as
restaurant operator Patisserie Valerie and Diet Chef, which delivers
calorie-controlled meals to customers’ doors. This industry group
has combined sales of £326m and employs 5,100 people. In addition,
18 companies are health-related, such as NHS products supplier
Medstrom and recruiter Mayday Healthcare, which supplies nursing
staff to hospitals.
The majority of companies on the league table are headquartered in
London (36%) and the southeast (24%). Of the remaining, 17 are based
in the Midlands, 10 in the northwest, 5 in the northeast, 4 in the
southwest, 2 in Scotland, 1 in Northern Ireland, and 1 in the East.
The full league table will be published in a special 10 page
supplement within the business section of The Sunday Times which
went out on 4 December 2011 and at
fasttrack.co.uk, where you can access a
searchable database of all 100 companies, as well as past league
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