Merseyside Prison gets
life saving defibrillators for staff and Visitors
ON 22 December 2015, the North West
Ambulance Service (NWAS) has provided defibrillators and training to HMP
Kennet in Merseyside to help save lives in the event of someone suffering
from a cardiac arrest.
10 defibrillators have been installed in blocks across the prison and their
Physical Education Officer Andy McCarthy was trained in an NWAS HeartStart
course. Taking his training forward, Andy has now equipped 26 staff and 350
of those in custody in how to use the defibrillators.
HMP Kennet is the 1st prison in the country to achieve such a high level of
defibrillator in house training, for both staff and offenders. A sudden
cardiac arrest is fatal in 105% of cases, but rapid use of a defibrillator
can be life saving.
Defibrillators can be used to check a person's heart rhythm and increase the
chances of survival for a person who has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest by
40%. If the rhythm indicates a cardiac arrest, the defibrillator sends an
electric shock to the heart to restore a normal rhythm.
NWAS Community Resuscitation Development Officer Rob Sharples,
who took the initial training session at the prison, said:- "It's
fantastic to hear so many staff and those in custody have now been trained
in how to use a defibrillator. In the event of a person suffering from a
cardiac arrest, quick actions must be taken in order to ensure the patient
has the best possible chance of survival. When someone suffers a cardiac
arrest the chance of survival decreases by up to 14 % for every minute that
passes without intervention. Effective CPR and using a defibrillator ensures
the patient has the best chance of survival. Andy McCarthy has done an
excellent job in extending the training to so many at the prison – I've no
doubt lives will be saved as a result of his efforts."
Robbie Durgan, Governor HMP Kennet, said:- "After discussing my
concerns about the prison community being hard to reach, in terms of
response and access, I explored different options with NWAS. The end result
was far better than I imagined. Thanks to the partnership between Kennet and
NWAS we have had the opportunity to teach staff and offenders vital new
skills. I am confident that if a member of anyone's family or a friend
visits, lives or works in the prison, this equipment is in place to save
their lives in the event of an emergency."
Fatality at the
Halewood, Jaguar Land Rover Site
MERSEYSIDE Police have confirmed
that detectives from Knowsley CID are preparing a file of evidence for the
coroner following the death of a man at the Jaguar Land Rover site in
Halewood, on Tuesday, 22 December 2015. The 57 year old's body was found
close to the foot of an open staircase which led to the roof of a building
on the site. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. His death is
continuing to be treated as 'explained' until a post mortem
examination can establish a cause of death, however there are not believed
to be any suspicious circumstances. The full circumstances surrounding his
death will be subject of a Coroner's inquest in due course. Police had not
issued us with the name of the man at the time we published this report, but
the Force has confirmed that his next of kin have been informed. No
other information available at this point.
Stephen Hough to join L'Orchestra
dell' Arte and Stephen Hough at Liverpool's iconic St George's Hall
THE Concert Room at Liverpool's
iconic St George's Hall invites you to join them for a spectacular afternoon
as they are playing host to top international solo pianist Stephen Hough who
will be performing with St George's Hall's own orchestra in residence,
L'Orchestra dell' Arte.
L'Orchestra dell' Arte and Stephen Hough will come together for 1
performance only of Franz Liszt's ground breaking Piano Concerto No.1, on
Sunday, 21 February 2016, at 3pm.
Liszt's concerto was written over a 26 year period, finally premiering in
1855 with Liszt himself as the soloist. Even though this concerto predates
all of the standard Romantic repertoire concertos such as those by
Tchaikovsky, Grieg and Saint Saens, it is easy to hear how much these later
composers were influenced by Liszt's ground breaking style.
Stephen Hough is a British born classical Pianist and has performed as a
soloist with the world's most prestigious orchestras. In 2010 he was named
'instrumentalist of the year' by the Royal Philharmonic
Society Music Awards, a year later he was given an honorary doctorate by the
University of Liverpool.
Born in Heswall, Wirral Stephen was pleased to accept the
opportunity to become Patron of the annual Heswall Arts Festival. This
concert celebrates 5 years of the Festival which was created by Valerie Warr
FRSA, the Manager of Orchestra dell'Arte. In his forward for Festival 2015
Stephen wrote:- "...my message for 2014 included the words I hope 1 of
these days to come and meet you all; well now I am delighted to say that I
will be playing in February 2016 for Festival Encore in St George's Hall
Liverpool: a doubly exciting moment as this is my debut in the beautiful
L'Orchestra dell'Arte is a group of highly talented versatile musicians that
have recently become the Orchestra in Residence in St George's Hall. They
were founded in 2010 and have played all across the North West offering a
very wide range of popular classical, romantic and themed repertoire. 1 of
the orchestra's key features is the flexibility its players employ to create
smaller ensembles of every shape and size, from trios and quartets to octets
The concert starts with Franz Schubert's Overture in C Major in the Italian
Style. Schubert wrote a number of overtures in the style of what would now
be known as concert overtures, that is, not as the prelude to an opera or
play, but specifically to open a concert of other works.
In the second half of the concert, L'Orchestra dell'Arte returns to the
Italian style of the Schubert overture when they will perform the Symphony
No 4 (The Italian) by Felix Mendelssohn. The 1st performance was in London
in 1833 with Mendelssohn conducting. The opening movement is joyful and is
in classical sonata form. It all ends very happily.
Stephen Hough and L'Orchestra dell'Arte will present an un-missable
experience, so head down to The Concert Room at St George's Hall for a
spectacular afternoon, from 3pm, on Sunday, 21 February 2016.
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Box Office line on:- 0844 800 0410.