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Southport Reporter

Edition No. 88

Date:- 28 February 2003

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A Historic Wedding
Report by Pam.
HISTORY was in the making in the historic 400 year old building connected to Meols Hall. The Tithe Barn was the location of the first civil wedding ceremony on the estate on Saturday 22 of February when at 2pm David Cross and Sharon Gutcher did take each others hand in holy matrimony. After the ceremony the couple were given a traditional champagne reception by a roaring log fire. The best of luck and congratulations from all of us at Southport Reporter to the happy newly weds.

HEALTH MINISTER TO ANNOUNCE NEW TYPE 2 DIABETES PILOT AREAS
Report by Dominic Bonner.

HEALTH Minister David Lammy will announced nine Type 2 diabetes pilot areas Haringey earlier this week in a bid to tackle the ever-growing problem of this affliction.

Residents of England living in disadvantaged areas will benefit from improved diabetes screening services as a direct result of investment into areas where diabetes appears to be localized in areas where small pockets of epidemic of Type 2 diabetes is most concentrated.

It is also hoped that the announcement of an appointment of a new National Clinical Director for Diabetes will be able to co-ordinate future services that will ensure to lessen the risk of blindness and other complications associated with this ailment.

dO NOT FoRGET THIS SUNDAY IS sIGELS nIGHT! 02 Feb 03

COMMUNITY STROKE CARE SET TO IMPROVE
Report by Dominic Bonner.

DESPITE the announcement of closures of the Community Health Care centers nationwide. Plans for Southport, Formby and Ormskirk are set to boost services with a face-lift to stroke care with the introduction of improved links with the community and the National Health services.

Concern about the state of current rehabilitation times and the lack of community care, has prompted the approval of funding by Sefton Council of a bid by the Southport and Ormskirk trust, introducing a new Acute Stroke Unit for victims of stroke.

Analysis of current procedures has shown that there is little in the way of rehabilitation for sufferers of stroke once delivered back into the community. This has shown a need for the development of a stroke steering group and more demand from the public to care for those in need to regain full mobility.

The promotion of awareness for stroke services will see invitations from the ASU to the public for opportunities to gain more involvement with the care of the elderly in local communities.

Forging of new partnerships to improve current health care for stroke sufferers will see a new appointment of a project manager for the unit. With links for other modernization will also put the care for the rehabilitation of older people at the forefront of the National Health Service, where a bypass of normal Accident and Emergency procedures will see more treatment that is effective.

Lynn Pavlec of the National Framework for Older People said, “We still want even more members of the public to get involved in all aspects of immediate care.”

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