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Issue:- 17 April 2014


THE North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust's (NWAS) hidden gems were highlighted at the Trust's Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Awards Ceremony last week. The annual event celebrated Trust staff members who have 'gone that extra mile' for patients, their colleagues and the Service when carrying out their day to day jobs. Chairman's Special Commendations were also awarded.

The ceremony, which took place at Ribby Hall Village in Lancashire on 10 April 2014, was funded by the generosity of sponsors; Virgin Media Business, MIS Emergency Systems Limited, Physio Control, Call Vision Technologies, Dell, Conduit Global and Truck Training UK Limited.

Almost 200 staff members and guests attended the ceremony which was hosted by BBC Radio Lancashire's John Gillmore. This regional event focused on peer nominated awards, special commendations and contributions made by volunteers.

From Liverpool, Frontline Staff Member of the Year Patient Transport Service 2014 was awarded to David Reid from Toxteth. He was nominated by colleagues for "always having a positive outlook and is described by as the epitome of all that is good about our patient transport service; warm, caring and professional."

Student Learner of the Year 2014 was awarded to Frank Mills from South Liverpool. His nominator has described Frank as "having an insatiable hunger for knowledge; his strive for perfection and his incredible work ethic, having all the ingredients for an exceptional paramedic. During his time at university, Frank's world suddenly erupted when, in the first week of his new baby daughter's life, he was faced with the nightmare of having to resuscitate her. He kept his head as he saved her life…"

Bob Williams, Trust Chief Executive said:- "The evening was a great success and I was delighted to present the awards. Some of the actions of our staff are truly heroic and heart-warming and it really is a privilege to be leading an organisation which has so many dedicated and hard-working individuals."


MERSEYSIDE Police have confirmed that 2 people were arrested on Friday, 11 April 2014, following the discovery of a cannabis farm in Ainsdale. Emergency services were called to a property on Knowle Avenue at about 10.50am to a report of water coming from the premises. Due to concern for the safety of the occupiers police gained entry to the premises and a search was conducted. As a result of the search officers discovered a cannabis farm containing more than 30 plants and hydroponics equipment inside. The plants and equipment were removed from the property for examination. A 53 year old man and a 47 year old woman arrived at the property whilst the Police were there. Both were arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis, abstracting electriCity and criminal damage. They were both interviewed by detectives and bailed pending further enquiries. Neighbourhood Inspector Jim Atherton, said:- "This case highlights yet again the fact that cannabis farms can be anywhere. We would urge people to be on their guard and to report any suspicious activity in their area to Police immediately; even the smallest amount of information can be useful. Merseyside Police is committed to tackling illegal drugs; this sort of activity will not be tolerated. Information from members of the public is vital in the fight against drug related crime. Anyone with any information is urged to call Merseyside Police on:- 101. Information can also be passed anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on:- 0800 555 111."

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