recalled following breast biopsy
JONATHON Parry, Chief
Executive, said:- "The Trust has become aware of a programming
issue with a machine used for taking biopsies of the breast at
Ormskirk and District General Hospital.
The procedure is used to remove a small sample of breast tissue for
analysis where an abnormality is identified following a mammogram.
A panel of consultants and breast specialist nurses has reviewed the
records of 117 patients who underwent the procedure to establish if
they require any further assessment.
The panel concluded that there was no cause for concern in the
majority of patients. However, we are inviting back 14 patients as a
precaution for a further consultation.
Our breast care specialists assure me any risk to these patients is
Following the original biopsy, each patient had their case reviewed
at least once by a panel of specialist doctors and nurses, and was
subsequently followed up. This process, which is part of our routine
breast care service, has ensured the number of patients requiring
further investigation has been kept to a minimum.
I know this news will be deeply concerning for the women concerned
and I am very sorry for the unnecessary worry we have caused them.
The Trust has established an internal review group to investigate
and report to the Board on the circumstances surrounding what has
happened. It will be chaired by the Executive Medical Director and
supported by independent experts.
We are also working closely with our commissioners, the NHS Trust
Development Authority, NHS England, the Care Quality Commission and
the Royal College of Radiologists to ensure any lessons we learn can
be shared more widely."
Patient helpline:- The 14 recalled patients are being contacted directly by the Trust.
A helpline staffed by senior nurses is also available for patients
to provide reassurance and answer any concerns they may have.
The helpline number is:- 01704 704962. It will be staffed Monday to
Friday between:- 8am and 8pm. A message can be left outside these
team up for the MATRIX Serious Organised Crime Challenge Shield 2014
YOUNG people from 28
schools in Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley are teaming up to take
part in the 7 a side Matrix Serious Organised Crime Challenge Shield
football tournament. The Matrix Serious Organised Crime Challenge
Shield, which was launched in 2008, is part of an anti gun crime
initiative put together by the Force's specialist Matrix team. The
football tournament; supported by Liverpool and Everton FC,
Merseyside Schools FA, Liverpool Schools FA and Liverpool County FA;
kicked off on Tuesday, 29 April 2014, with the first of the mixed
primary school teams battling it out on the pitch in a bid to become
the winners of this prestigious trophy. The tournament will take
place over 4 days and conclude on Friday, 2 May 2014. This year the
competition will involve 350 children, aged between 10 and 13 years,
and the games will take place at the The Liverpool County FA Soccer
Centre, Walton Hall Park, Walton. The four group winners will go
through to the finals later this year (date and venue to be
confirmed). Detective Chief Superintendent Bill
McWilliam, head of Matrix Serious Organised Crime support team,
explained:- "The tournament has proved to be really popular
and is part of a wider campaign aimed at educating young people
about the consequences of becoming involved in gun and gang crime.
The Matrix Serious Organised Crime team is committed to working
closely with young people who live and go to school in areas that
have been blighted by the problems caused by gun crime and criminal
gang activity. I believe sport, and football in particular provides
us with a common interest that we can take part in together with
young people, their families and the local community. I'd like to
stress that the majority of teenagers are not involved in
criminality, or guns and gangs. But there will be some children in
our communities currently who may be finding themselves under
pressure from other teenagers to become involved in organised
criminality. Therefore the more people we can get this message to,
the more likely we are to prevent some young people from becoming
involved. Young people do talk to each other and hopefully the good
sense of some will transfer to others who may be more easily led."
Can you help
BTP's investigation into indecent assault at Liverpool Lime Street
THE British Transport
Police (BTP) are asking the public for help after a woman was
indecently assaulted at Liverpool Lime Street station on 25 April
2014. The incident is reported to have happened sometime between 4am
and 5.30am as the 18 year old victim waited at the station for a
train. So far we have been told that a 35 year old man has been
arrested in connection with the incident and has been released on
bail, pending further enquiries.
PC Ian Williamson said:- "The woman was waiting at the station
when she was approached by a man who made suggestive comments to her
and then touched her inappropriately. As a result of our
investigations we have determined that the man may have approached
other women at the station, and on Skelhorne Street, in the same
manner; possibly exposing himself whilst carrying out the assaults.
Unfortunately it would appear many of the women have reported this
behaviour to security staff, but have not been in touch with Police;
it is vitally important that we speak to anyone who has been
assaulted in this manner. The man is described as being Asian and
was wearing a dark coat and clothing and a dark woollen hat. I am
calling on anyone who may have been approached by this man, or who
has other information about the incidents, to come forward.
Thankfully the woman who was assaulted was not physically injured,
but she has been left extremely traumatised by the incident."
If you can assist the investigation in any way please call British
Transport Police on:- 0800 40 50 40 or ring Crimestoppers,
anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111. In all calls please quote log:- PSUB/B4
We've got a
ticket to ride!
AN innovative flat fare,
all day ticket for young people is being launched by Merseytravel
which offers more choice, more freedom and greater savings.
The £2 'My Ticket' is a new bus ticket for young people aged
5 to 15. It will be available to buy on bus and be valid on
participating operators' services in Merseyside, allowing all day
travel across the Merseyside bus network for a potential market of
over 180,000 young people.
Merseytravel has worked with bus operators to introduce 'My
Ticket' in response to the growing call for a more affordable,
fair and consistent deal for young people. The ticket will address
current issues including different operator ticket costs and
restrictions to travelling times, making it easy to understand and
simple to use.
Councillor Ron Abbey, Merseytravel Lead Member for Bus said:-
"This project is a key part of Merseytravel's drive to offer more
affordable travel for young people and is the first step in working
with operators to achieve this.
A young person at one of our customer forums told us he uses three
buses to get to and from school, costing over £6 per day, because
his mum doesn't have the money at the beginning of the week to buy a
weekly ticket. The £2 ticket will reduce his travel costs and will
mean he can meet up with his friends or go to the local youth club
in the evening as well."
Launched on Thursday, 1 May 2014, 'My Ticket' comes ahead of a full
review of Merseytravel pre-paid tickets which will look at such
things as simplifying the range of products available, applicable
age ranges and the hours the tickets are valid for.
Plans for 'My
Ticket' were first announced in January 2014
when Louise Ellman MP for Liverpool Riverside and Chair of the
Commons Transport Select Committee, bus operators, local authority
and education leaders pledged to work together with Merseytravel to
bring down the cost of travel for young people. Young people list
the cost of transport as their number one concern according to the
Campaign for Better Transport 2013 and a campaign to:- 'make public
transport cheaper, better and accessible for all' was selected
by the UK Youth Parliament as the priority campaign for 2011/12.
Schoolboy threatened on train from
Freshfield to Ainsdale
THE British Transport
Police have informed us that Officers from the BTP are now
investigating an incident that is reported to have happened shortly
before 4.30pm on Tuesday, 1 April 2012, as the 12 year old made his
way home from school. The Officesers from are currently appealing
for information after a schoolboy was reportedly threatened with a
knife whilst travelling between Freshfield and Ainsdale. PC Rob
Benson said:- "The boy was with a group of friends, on a train
travelling from Freshfield, when he was approached by another youth
who produced a multi-tool style knife and threatened him with it.
The victim moved towards the front of the train to get away from the
aggressor, but the youth, who was still carrying the knife, followed
him. Thankfully, the boy wasn't injured as a result of the incident,
but he was extremely upset and shaken by the incident and is still
struggling to come to terms with what happened." PC Benson
added:- "Knife crime, particularly incidents involving
children, is rare on the rail network, and we want to ensure it
stays that way. I am now calling on anyone who witnesses the
incident to come forward." If you have information about the
incident please call British Transport Police on:- 0800 40 50 40 or
Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111. In all calls please
quote log:- PSUB/B8 of 24/4/14.