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Issue:- 14 August 2014


SOUTHPORT dog owners are being urged to get their dogs microchipped, or face a £500 fine under tough new laws being brought in next year.

To help ease the costs involved, the UK's only discount pet store The Pet Hut has teamed up with Dogs Trust, the UK's largest dog welfare charity, to offer free microchipping for all dogs.

Local dog owners should bring their pets along to The Pet Hut in Kew Retail Park between 11am and 3pm on Monday 18th August.

There are many other good reasons to get dogs microchipped, Southport Store Manager, Leanne Ip, said:- "Losing your pet by accident or having it stolen can break your heart. By having your dog chipped, you'll have a much better chance of getting him or her back quickly and safely if something bad happens."

Microchipping can also help save a dog's life in an emergency, she explained:- "Vets will be able to contact you at once, and get your go-ahead for vital treatment that could make all the difference."

Dogs Trust Education and Community Officer, Michelle Moat, agreed. "Dogs Trust works hard to promote responsible dog ownership and we are delighted to be working with The Pet Hut to offer free microchipping at next Monday's event."

Michelle continued:- "We want all dogs to be microchipped, without their owners worrying about the price. So please join us at The Pet Hut in Kew Retail Park from 11am on 18 August."

The Southport store is part of The Pet Hut family, which now has over 75 outlets across the UK.

North West Ambulance Service patient diaries

THE North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) are set to launch new diaries to capture the complete patient experience of using our service and the service provided by a selection of hospitals across the region.

The diaries will provide us with a better understanding of the patient's perspective of booking transport, transportation to and from their hospital appointments, as well as the hospital clinic experience.

Sarah Faulkner , Director of Quality, NWAS said:- "Listening to what our patients have to say in the diaries and learning from their experiences will provide us with a rich source of information over a period of 28 days. For the first time this will give us a complete view of the service from booking through to the hospital appointment".

The programme, due to begin in August and September 2014, will involve patients who are attending hospital appointments regularly at Cumberland Infirmary, Southport Hospital, Royal Lancaster Hospital, Royal Blackburn Hospital and Royal Liverpool Hospital. The Trust is also in the process of seeking approval from other hospitals in the North West area.

NWAS secured funding for the initiative through CQUIN (Commissioning for Quality and Innovation) which will help support a trial of this innovative approach.

If you would like more information about the Patient Experience programme then please email the Patient Experience team at:-

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