concessionary parking scheme
PARKING charges for
patients and visitors who regularly visit hospital have been
reviewed by Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.
From Monday, 19 December 2011 there is now 2 types of concessionary
parking pass at Southport and Formby District General Hospital and
Ormskirk and District General Hospital:-
► A weekly parking pass costing £10 a week
► A new 3 month “frequent flyer” parking pass for £30
Both passes give unlimited visits and may be renewed as many times
as needed. A refundable £5 deposit is required for the pass.
Motorists with passes issued under the previous concessionary
parking arrangements can transfer to the new scheme but may also
retain their old pass if they wish.
“These changes to the concessionary arrangements are in
response to feedback we have received from patients and visitors. We continue to offer free parking to all outpatients
attending hospital who receive certain government benefits. Patients
who think they may be entitled to claim under this scheme should
contact the general office at either hospital.”
said Jonathan Parry, Chief Executive of the Trust.
A list of the benefits and how to claim them can be found on the
New colorectal surgeon appointed
A surgeon who was a locum
at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust in 2010 has returned as
consultant in colorectal surgery. Tarek Salem Hany, who trained with
the NHS in Glasgow and Edinburgh, said:- "I’m very excited to
be here and Southport is such a lovely place. The hospital is
extremely friendly and the staff are very approachable which is what
helped attract me back."
The bulk of his case load will be helping patients needing in bowel,
gall bladder and hernia surgery who he hopes will gain from enhanced
recovery techniques. Hany added that:- "With careful planning
and good medicine, we can get patients better quicker and home
faster which is a benefit to everyone."
Mr Hany is also interested in developing keyhole, or laparoscopic,
surgery techniques and, in particular, operations that require only
a single point of entry. "Traditional laparoscopic surgery
often requires instruments inserted in several keyholes on either
side of the abdomen. A single point of entry, usually through the
belly button, means little if any scarring and less risk to the
Mr Hany also conducted research into diverticular disease, a
condition of the digestive system, while working at Glasgow’s
Western Infirmary. This has been published in journals in the UK and
the United States.
Outside work Mr Hany, who is married with an 11 year old daughter,
is training for next year’s London Marathon. "I have already
completed several half-marathons and I will be raising money for the
children’s charity Action Medical Research." he told the
£30,000 boost for charity
MERSEYTRAVEL staff have
raised a phenomenal £30,000 for Clatterbridge your cancer centre,
their chosen charity of the year for 2011.
They threw themselves behind the campaign, donating time, effort and
money, from forming a knitting group to competing in
an Ironman challenge.
At Easter we were overrun with egg cosies and in the run up to
Christmas there were quite a few snowmen, Father Christmases, angels
and tree decorations. One team climbed Mount Snowdon and others ran
in the Liverpool Marathon.
Merseytravel staff nominate and vote each year for a charity, and
Councillor Mark Dowd Chair of Merseytravel said:- "This has
been the most successful year of staff fundraising since we started
choosing a charity in 2003. Staff are always thinking up different
and ingenious ways of raising money and getting other colleagues
Neil Scales, Chief Executive added:- "Thanks to the generosity
and hard work of our staff, we have managed to far exceed our
expectations. 2011 has been an outstanding year of fundraising and
our staff should be incredibly proud."
Clatterbridge your cancer centre is the only charity that raises
funds to directly benefit the patients of Clatterbridge Centre for
Oncology, the leading cancer treatment centre for people in
Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and the Isle of Man.
Kim Smith Corporate Fundraising Manager at the charity said that:-
"We would like to thank Merseytravel staff for their hard work
and generosity this year. The money they have raised will go towards
helping Clatterbridge cancer patients throughout the region by
improving the treatment, facilities and research that we provide to
the 26,000 patients we see each year."
Merseytravel staff have already voted for their charity of the year
for 2012, Calder Kids were chosen earlier this month.
Calder Kids Adventure Playground was opened in 1979 specifically for
children and young people with disabilities aged 5 to 19 years. It
offers a range of services including free play, youth and leisure
activities, outreach and after-school services.
The centre provides a much needed facility which enables children
and young people to make an informed decision and
choice about their leisure time, whilst maintaining a safe, healthy
and stimulating environment.
Donna Trotman Manager of Calder Kids said:- "We are absolutely
delighted that Merseytravel staff have chosen us to be their charity
of the year for 2012 and are looking forward to working together."
Previous charities supported by Merseytravel are-
2011 Clatterbridge your cancer centre
2010 Sundowns (Supporting people with Down’s Syndrome and their
2009 Claire House Children’s Hospice
2008 CHICS (Children’s Cancer Support Group)
2007 Knowsley Family Link (SCOPE)
2006 Marie Curie Hospice Liverpool
2005 Stick ’n’ Step (Helping children with cerebral palsy)
2004 Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
2003 St Joseph’s Hospice Thornton
Advanced notice - The Liverpool
Liverpool Astronomical Society, in partnership with BBC’s
Stargazing Live, will be holding an event at Court Hey Road,
Knowsley, L16 3NA at 7pm on Monday, 16 January 2012. Addmission will
be free to all, but space is limited. The event will be called:-
"Explore the Universe" and will let the public, if clear,
see via telescope, views of Jupiter. Also the event will have free
illustrated talks inside. Contact:- 0151 489 0270 to book your place
or for more information.