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Issue:- SATURDAY 6 June 2015

Charity dispels man flu myths

THE leading UK meningitis charity is warning that 'man flu' could be life threatening and urges men to get unusual symptoms checked out. Men are notorious for ignoring health warnings and avoiding visits to the doctor. Matt Barrow, from Perranporth, Cornwall, has contracted the disease twice and is backing health professionals at Meningitis Now, encouraging men to take flu-like symptoms seriously.  The advice supports Men's Health Week (15 June to 21 June), a national initiative designed to raise awareness of preventable health problems and early detection of disease among men and boys. Matt said:- "We often think 'this will never happen to me' but it does. Meningitis strikes fast and symptoms that initially seem like simple flu can deteriorate rapidly. I would encourage anyone who is suffering from any unusual symptoms to get it checked out; don't just wait for a rash."

Meningitis does not only occur in children and can affect anyone, at any time.  Matt 1st contracted meningitis is 2010. He said:- "Everything happened extremely quickly. I went to bed with toothache and awoke in the middle of the night being sick. Before I knew it I couldn't walk or talk. I didn't know simple things like my date of birth, who my wife was or where I was.  I was put in an induced coma in critical care for 5 days and woke up feeling extremely unwell with terrible hallucinations. 4 years on, I contracted the disease again, spending a further 2 days in a coma and nine days in critical care. I am now deaf in my right ear."

Meningitis Now is the UK's leading charity working to save lives and rebuild the futures of people affected by meningitis through research, support and awareness.  For more information, visit:-

Survey shows many ill equipped for property market

MANY people wishing to climb onto the property ladder are hampering their hopes of finding a home due to poor preparation, warns a Wirral law firm.  A survey commissioned by QualitySolicitors has shown 72% of would-be purchases failing to check their credit rating, 59% not bothering to secure a mortgage in principle, whilst another 74% fail to get a solicitor in place beforehand.  David Roberts of QualitySolicitors David Roberts & Co said that with the property market in a healthy position following the election, buyers need to be sharp to ensure they stay ahead.

"Many are making mistakes, which leave them missing out on the homes of their dreams.  The market has reacted favourably to the General Election result and the wide spread message from a range of experts and analysts is that we are in a period of steady house growth, with bricks and mortar once again seen as the safest investment.  However, there is a naivety by many people who need a little help at what is a stressful time. Getting the three components of top credit ratings, a mortgage in principle and a reliable solicitor in place certainly gives an edge to a buyer because the number of sellers who suffer from time wasters and delays is substantial." said Mr Roberts, whose firm is based in New Brighton.

The survey by QualitySolicitors was conducted in March and involved 500 people across the country who had bought a property in the past two years for their views.

Nurse recruitment open day at Ormskirk Hospital

ORMSKIRK hospital is hosting a recruitment event for nurses interested in working at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.  It follows a very successful similar event at Southport hospital last month at which more than a dozen nurses were offered posts.  The event is an opportunity for newly qualified and experienced nurses to meet other nurses and team members, and discover what opportunities are available. Nurses wanting to return to practice are also welcome. There are vacancies available in both hospital and community nursing and across all specialties. Nurses who want an informal interview on the day should bring along identification. There will also be a chance for tours around the hospital and representatives will be on hand from nurse education to explain how the Trust supports nurses in their career development.  The event will be held at Ormskirk hospital Education Centre on Wednesday, 10 June 2015, between 4pm and 8pm. Light refreshments will be available for all those attending.  To view all current vacancies at the Trust visit:- Jobs.NHS.UK and search for Southport and Ormskirk.

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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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