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Issue:- 8 November  2012

Integrated Health Projects successfully hands over a modernised department to The Royal Liverpool University Hospital

INTEGRATED Health Projects (IHP), a joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine, has successfully completed the £500,000 contract to modernise an existing ward at The Royal Liverpool University Hospital (RLUH) for The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust. The contract comprised four phases to extensively refurbish the existing resuscitation area within the Emergency Department (ED). The Observation Ward was also converted, creating an extension of the resuscitation area to increase the bed capaCity from 6 to 8. The development provides additional modern treatment areas for patients with serious injuries as a result of major trauma. It further strengthens the Royal's abilities and expertise in treating serious injuries as part of the Major Trauma Centre Collaborative (MTCC) between Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust and the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust. The 3 Trusts will work together to deliver a specialist trauma service across Cheshire and Merseyside.

Each phase of the development at the Royal was undertaken within the hospital's live ED. Close liaison was maintained, requiring numerous briefings between the Trust and the project team on a daily basis to ensure that site activities did not affect patient care. The scheme was successfully handed over to the Trust 1 week earlier then programmed, which given the challenges of working in a busy hospital environment this was a real achievement and only possible due to the close working relationship of both the Trust and IHP site team.

Mark Thomas, Regional Director, IHP, Building Division – North West, said:- "This contract has provided the Royal Liverpool University Hospital with a modernised Accident and Emergency department that will extend their current services and ensure they are equipped with the most efficient resources to deal with the most demanding A&E cases."

Kate Clark, consultant in emergency care at the RLUH said:- "We are a leading centre for major trauma care as part of the Major Trauma Collaborative. We would like to thank IHP for successfully delivering this project ahead of schedule. The new development provides us with increased capaCity for providing expert care and treatment for patients with the most serious, life threatening injuries from across Merseyside and Cheshire."

New chief executive starts at the Royal

THE Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust welcomed its new chief executive Aidan Kehoe. Aidan joined the Trust from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals where he had been chief executive. Having grown up in Liverpool, it has always been Aidan's ambition to take the helm at the Royal.

Aidan said:- "I am very happy to be here at the Royal. I have wanted to be chief executive here ever since I started as a management trainee in the NHS. I am a Liverpool fan and running these hospitals is the equivalent of becoming LFC's manager for me. My priorities for the coming months will be to continue the great work already underway to provide our patients with the best possible care and carry on meeting key targets around cancer, waiting times and infection control. The new Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the Liverpool BioCampus are key developments for our hospitals and for the City, which I am really excited about."

Judith Greensmith, chairman, said:- "I am delighted that Aidan is now here at our hospitals and would like to formally welcome him on behalf of our Board of Directors. Thank you to the Board and in particular to Diane Wake, as acting chief executive, for their support and hard work over the past few months. It has been invaluable and I am confident that we can continue to provide the best possible treatment and care to our patients, with the continued dedication and support of our staff."

Aidan is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Aidan has worked in the NHS for over 20 years having started as a management trainee. Aidan's first NHS post was as trainee at Salisbury District Hospital. Aidan spent 6 years working for KPMG and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1992. Since 1994 Aidan has worked in a number of management posts at Rampton Hospital Trust, University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust and Salford Royal Foundation Trust. He joined Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2004 as director of operations and became deputy chief executive in February 2006. In his role as director of operations Aidan was responsible for ensuring Blackpool achieved foundation trust status. Aidan was appointed chief executive of Blackpool in 2009 and steered the organisation to becoming a teaching hospital.


LANCASHIRE Police in Lancashire hunting fugitive Ivan Leach have issued new CCTV of the absconder as they continue to do all they can to catch him. The footage shows 47 year old Leach at a Barclay's Bank cash machine in Nottingham City Centre at 11.13 am on Saturday, 20 October 2012.

This is the last confirmed sighting of Leach, although Police have also received more than 100 possible unconfirmed sightings.

Leach, also known as Lee Cyrus, went missing from North Sea Camp open prison, Boston, Lincolnshire on Tuesday, 9 October 2012, after going on day release and Police forces across England and Scotland continue to work together in an effort to track him down.

Posters have been distributed across England and Scotland appearing on buses, in shops, community centres, hospitals, and in bus and train stations.

The appeal was shown on the big screen at Preston North End's FA cup game on Saturday, 3 November 2012, and we are working with other football clubs across England and Scotland to widen the appeal via their match programmes.

Detective Superintendent Paul Withers, of the Force Major Investigation Team, said:- "This CCTV shows Leach in a busy City Centre on a Saturday morning carrying what appears to be a sleeping bag and stopping to withdraw money at an ATM. I'm sure a number of people will have seen him and while his appearance may have changed, I would appeal for anyone who thinks they have seen Leach or who has any information on his whereabouts to get in touch with us."


The CCTV appears to show Leach has grown a beard and a moustache and people should be aware that he may change his appearance to evade capture.

In the footage he is wearing a dark green three-quarter length jacket, dark trousers and dark shoes.

Leach was born in Preston and has connections across the City as well as in South Ribble. He is known to have been in the City on a number of occasions since he absconded, but he could be anywhere in the country. 

Enquiries are also ongoing in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Tayside.  Officers have warned Leach should not, under any circumstances, be approached as he poses a significant risk.

Detective Superintendent Withers continued:- "We are liaising with a number of other forces across England and Scotland and have a huge number of resources dedicated to tracking him down and apprehend him but we need the public's help. I want to reassure people that we follow up every potential sighting of him so I'd urge people to call Police if you think you see him or know of his current whereabouts. I would also like to warn anyone who may be harbouring him that if they know where he is, and they fail to notify Police, action will be taken against them. At the same time I would appeal directly to Leach, wherever he is, to hand himself in. Police forces across the UK are alert to the fact that has absconded and given the publiCity of the past 2 weeks, his face is now well known within communities across England and Scotland. He should do the right thing and give himself up."

Leach is described as white; around 5 feet, 11 inches tall, of stocky build with cropped hair and hazel eyes.

His has a distinctive scar on his top lip under his nose and 2 distinctive tattoos, 1 with the name 'Annette' on the bicep of his left arm and a figure of a barbarian woman on the back of his right shoulder blade.

Anyone with any information in England is asked to contact Police by calling:- 101, but if in Scotland, people are asked to call:- 999 as the 101 service is not yet available, in Scotland.

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111 or online at via:- No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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