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Issue:- 27 September  2012

Trust appoints 2 paediatric consultants


MEDICAL care for children in north Sefton and West Lancashire has been boosted with the appointment of 2 new paediatric consultants at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

They are Dr Charles Kattakayam, a specialist in community paediatrics, and Dr Alice Setti, who has a specialist interest in children’s kidney disease.   Both are based at Ormskirk and District General Hospital, but Dr Kattakayam, who has specialised in children’s medicine for 15 years, also frequently works from clinics in the local community.  “I look after children with complex medical needs, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, and children with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder.  “I am also part of a multidisciplinary team looking after and diagnosing children with autistic spectrum disorders, working with educational specialists, therapists and social services.” he said.

Dr Setti has worked across Merseyside and Greater Manchester since obtaining her Royal College of Paediatrics degree in June 2001.  She was a resident consultant for 2 years at the University Hospitals of South Manchester’s Wythenshawe Hospital before moving to Ormskirk.  She said:- “As a newly appointed clinical tutor for the Paediatric Department, I also organise various teaching sessions and have guest speakers from specialist paediatric and neonatal care. I would therefore welcome all GPs to join us at our update sessions.”


MERSEYSIDE Police have confirmed that a 22 year old man was arrested on Wednesday, 19 September 2012, in connection with an offensive Facebook page set up following the deaths of 2 officers in Manchester has, Thursday, 20 September 2012, and
he has been bailed pending further enquiries. PC Nicola Hughes, aged 23 and PC Fiona Bone, aged 32 were killed as they responded to a routine incident at Abbey Gardens in Hattersley shortly before 11am, on Tuesday, 18 September 2012. Greater Manchester Police and Merseyside Police received reports of an offensive Facebook page that had been set up following the murders of the 2 officers. An investigation was launched by both Forces to identify the creator of the page
and the 22 year old from Netherley was arrested. An investigation into the matter is still ongoing. 

£2.2m Queens Drive works completed

WORK is about to be completed on a major £2.2 million scheme to upgrade Queens Drive in Liverpool.  The project to revamp a 6km stretch of the 6-lane dual carriageway; between Townsend Avenue and East Prescot Road;ended Friday, 21 September 2012. The work has included extensive carriageway resurfacing, junction improvements and the replacement of street lighting.

The significant City Council investment; which has brought essential improvements to one of the city’s important strategic corridors; has been carried out in 4 phases, to minimise delays as much as possible.  However, some disruption has been inevitable, and the city council is thanking businesses for the patience they have shown since the scheme began in July.

The council is also urging shoppers who may have stayed away from shops in the area in recent months - including Old Swan District Centre, Green Lane, West Derby Road, Millbank and Prescot Road to return to the area, support local businesses and make the most of the new and improved road.

Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Councillor Tim Moore, said:- “These improvements to Queens Drive are long overdue, so I’m delighted we have delivered a fantastic new road surface which should stand the test of time.  We have worked really hard throughout this scheme to minimise disruption, keep the traffic flowing and update local people, motorists and businesses on progress. Inevitably there has been some disruption, but some short term pain has been necessary to deliver the long term gain.  I would like to thank businesses for their patience. I know there have had been some knock-on effects for traders, but now this vital work is complete, businesses will reap the benefits for many years to come.”

Traffic management measures were in place throughout the duration of the works. Traffic was full contra-flow to allow work on each carriageway to completed, with the road reduced to a single lane in each direction. A dedicated traffic officer was on-site 24 hours a day to provide access to residential and business properties.

The city council has also worked closely with Liverpool and Everton Football Clubs to make sure the works caused the least possible disruption to travelling football fans. Traffic management measures were completely removed on days of football matches to help with the traffic flow.

Information boards were put in place and variable message signs activated at key locations to advise about the work. All local residents and businesses were informed by letter about work taking place before the start of each phase.

The contractor for the works was Tarmac and Enterprise Liverpool managed the project.

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