Patients at the
Royal take up art while they wait
THE Royal, in collaboration
with the Bluecoat Display Centre, has launched an interactive art
project which involves patients in its Radiology Department creating
For the past two Thursdays, the Royal had an artist in residence to
help patients waiting for Radiology (X-Ray) tests to produce artwork
using a process called Cyanotypes. This creates precise blue and
white photographic images from objects, texts or acetates placed on
sensitised paper. The process is how 'blue prints'
were created in the early 19th Century.
The project is being led by Bluecoat Display Centre affiliated
artist Sian Hughes and is aimed at helping to reduce the anxiety of
patients waiting for diagnostic tests and results.
This project is also about
involving them and staff to create an artistic centre piece for the
waiting area later, which will be installed later in the year.
Sian said:- "This project at
the Royal is part of the Bluecoat Display Centre's 'Making an
Impact' outreach project, which aims to reach new audiences and to
demonstrate the benefits that craft can have on a person's health
and wellbeing. Good health and wellbeing are reliant on an array of
multiple factors, not just physical, but also psychological and
social. We firmly believe that the arts have an important part to
play in improving the health and wellbeing of people in many ways."
The project has received excellent
feedback from patients and staff. Gladys Rooney from Broadgreen, who
was in the department to have a scan on her leg for a suspected
blood clot, said:- "It can be a nervous wait and this helps to
relax you, take your mind of things and helps the time pass quicker.
It also makes people talk to each other instead of all sitting in
silence. They should do this in other departments. I was pleasantly
surprised with the art work, I didn't think it would turn out so
Jean Melling from Allerton, who was accompanying her daughter,
said:- "It helps to take the stress out of waiting for your
tests and all this lovely art work helps to liven the place up and
give the waiting area a bit more colour. I'm looking forward to
taking my artwork home to show my grand-daughter, she'll be sorry
she wasn't here to join in."
Liz McDonald, superintendent
radiographer at the Royal, said:- "This project has been
fantastic for the patients involved and really helped to relax them
and keep them occupied at what can be quite a nerve-racking time. As
part of the wider Arts for Health programme, this project supports
the wellbeing of our patients, staff and visitors. The art created
will also be a wonderful addition to our waiting area, which will
benefit future patients and staff for many years to come."
The final day of the project runs from 10am to 2pm, on Thursday, 28
March 2013, at the Royal in the Radiology department.
Follow them @RoyalLpoolHosps on
Twitter for photos and comments throughout the day.
Letters to the
Editor:- "Care of Type 1 diabetes children in School"
"I am writing to let your
readers know many children with health conditions such as Type 1
diabetes are not getting the care or support they need to manage
their condition in school. One million school children have a health
condition, including 29,000 with diabetes. We know children with
diabetes can be excluded from school activities like PE, denied
places on school trips, refused help with injecting – forcing their
parents to go into school. This means that they are not able to
fully achieve their academic potential and enjoy as normal a
childhood as possible. These children have been completely forgotten
and the Children's and Families Bill, which proposes the biggest
shakeup to Special Education Needs provision for a generation, fails
to ensure that they get the support they need to fully participate
in school life. This is why Diabetes UK is calling for schools to
have a statutory duty to provide support for children with diabetes
and other health conditions. We would like parents and carers of
children with Type 1 diabetes in Southport to tell us about their
experiences of diabetes care in schools so we can share their
experiences with MPs and Ministers and ensure that their voices are
heard and their children are not forgotten. If any of your readers
would like to get involved they can contact Diabetes Voices on:- 020
7424 1008 or email:- firstname.lastname@example.org" Helen
Pattie, North West Regional Manager, Diabetes UK.
incident under investigation in Bootle
MERSEYSIDE Police are now
investigating after shots were fired at a house in Sefton on the
night of Tuesday, 26 March 2013. "Police Officers were called
to Dapple Heath Avenue, in the L31 area, at around 10.10pm following
reports of damage caused to a house. On arrival, they found damage
to a front window but no-one inside was hurt. The scene was cordoned
off and house to house enquiries carried out. Detectives are keen to
trace a silver Ford Fiesta which was seen in Dapple Heath Avenue at
around the time of the shooting." said the Merseyside
Press Office.Supt Kevin Johnson added that:- "The actions of
the people responsible are reckless in the extreme. They have
discharged a gun at a house in a busy residential area and with
people inside. It is fortunate that no-one was injured or killed.
The occupants have been left extremely shaken up and our
investigation will try to establish why this property was shot at.
We will relentlessly pursue criminals who use firearms on our
streets and I would call on anyone with information to come forward
and share it with us so that we can take action." Call
Merseyside Police on:- 101 or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.
British Science Association SciBar Event Notice
ON Tuesday, 2 April 2013,
the Liverpool British Science Association
SciBar / will be holding a talk
entitled:- "Time to abandon evidence based medicine?"
The FREE event takes place from
7:30pm, at The Ship and
Mitre, 133 Dale Street,
Liverpool; at the extreme end of Dale Street, at its Lime Street
Station end, just 10 minute walk from Moorfields Station. It will be
hosted by David
Healy. He is an internationally
respected as a psychiatrist and psycho-pharmacologist and also a
professor of Psychiatry at Cardiff University and Director of the
North Wales Department of Psychological Medicine at Cardiff
University. David believes that our personal experiences are worth a
lot to big pharmaceutical companies and that they need to start
caring, so the talk will look at:- "Evidence-based medicine."
If you do not know what:- "Evidence-based medicine."
is all about, well it covers how medicines are tested in clinical
trials. Also, how the results are recorded and then published in
medical journals as "evidence". In the talk he will
explain why if you are not part of a trial and you tell your doctor
about your personal experience, the information you report does not
count as "scientific evidence", but only unreliable
"anecdotal" evidence. "As always the audience will
be welcome to give their own opinions and ask questions. Also, as
David teaches, he loves taking questions, no matter how complicated
or simple... Remember there's no such thing as a silly question at
SciBar!" said Susanna who is one of the event organisers.
For sat navs: Ship & Mitre is L3 2JH
JLS Set to Host
HasHtag Party Event at EventCity This Weekend!
THE Mobo and Brit Award
Winning Boy Band JLS are taking EventCity by storm this Saturday
hosting HasHtag Party on 30 March 2013! Launching this weekend
'HasHtag Party' is on a mission to fill the void and provide
a remedy to Boredom with a squad of DJ's and Dancers serving up
hours of dance floor fillers, and entertainment strictly for Teens.
JLS, will not only Host the event, but for the 1st time in the North
West, this chart topping quartet will also deliver an EXCLUSIVE 1
hour DJ set! Having successfully dominated the pop world with a
catalogue including Three UK number one singles, and an over 4 times
platinum debut album, the band are now stepping in into the DJ
Arena, with a bang! On a platform courtesy of 'HasHtag Party'
Taking place in the North West leading leisure venue, EventCity,
this trend setting event will house up to 5000 teens under one roof,
partying to an array of elite entertainment. Andy Orr, Managing
Director of EventCity said:- "EventCity has already hosted The
X Factor auditions and we are keen to showcase our concert offering.
We are looking forward to working with HasHtag Party to deliver this
event and make it a brilliant night for JLS fans" Tickets
start at a phenomenal price of £15, with a limited release of
tickets for the opportunity to 'MEET & GREET' Aston,
Marvin, Oritsé and JB, for a price crunching launch special of only
£35! Tickets are now on sale! Available to purchase at the following
outlets:- Rush4tickets and Ticketmaster.