Wirral mental health unit
gets safari visit
SERVICE users and staff based at local
mental health hospital Springview were treated to a 'safari' experience
after a recent visit from Home Safari Animal Assisted Therapy.
Throughout the day, patients across all wards were given the chance to spend
time with a number of exotic animals; including a snake, bearded dragon and meerkat; as well as also enjoy the company of more familiar creatures such a
goat, dog and hedgehog.
Springview is Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's (CWP)
specialist mental health inpatient unit in Wirral, consisting of around 80 beds,
with wards offering care for dementia, eating disorders, primary intensive care
and acute mental health illnesses.
Glenda Bryan, CWP Clinical Services Manager, said:-
"Everyone at Springview really looks forward to visits like this. It's fantastic
that we're able to provide opportunities for our service users to experience
something special during their time with us. We've found that people really get
a lot out of interacting positively with the animals, so days like today give
everyone across our wards a lift."
Research shows that introducing animals into
clinical environments can result in a rise in patient health and wellbeing, with
the presence of animals often helping service users feeling more comfortable,
more communicative and motivated to engage with those around them.
Home Safari provides animal assisted therapy sessions to support patients'
social, emotional, physical and cognitive functioning. They have been providing
this service throughout the NHS and private hospitals in the Northwest for the
past s7 years.
Home Safari's Cheron Mannion, said:- "It is always a pleasure to visit Springview
and to see how the atmosphere lifts once the animals arrive."
In December CWP celebrated its recent investment of over £15 million into the
Springview site - based on Clatterbridge Health Park - with an open evening
featuring a performance by Merseyside Rock Choir.
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Letters to the Editor:-
"Junior Doctor Contracts"
"I'm a Junior Doctor working in London.
The upcoming Junior Doctor strikes are the 1st ever full walk out from Hospital
in the history of the NHS. I have to ask myself, how did we get to this stage? I
come from a family of doctors. People that believe in what the NHS stands for,
care based on clinical need, not ability to pay. My dad was a doctor. He grew up
in Pakistan. The walk to medical school lectures was 2 hours each way. He
studied under street lights in the evenings because of the lack of electricity.
He was utterly dedicated to medicine. He chose to practise medicine in the NHS.
Such was his commitment to the NHS, he left his family and his country to do it,
without any regret. He continued working past his retirement, serving the NHS
for almost half a century as a well respected local general practitioner. Being
a doctor is a privilege. We have an opportunity to connect with the sickest,
most vulnerable people in society, and help them through their most difficult
times. As a paediatrician, I want to spend my time in learning about how
diseases affect children, and how to treat them. However, I now find myself part
of the most demoralised Junior Doctor workforce in a generation. We as a
profession feel ignored. Doctors experience the problems of the NHS on a day to
day basis, and want to have an honest discussion about how to provide the best
patient care. However, the government have shown time and time again that they
are out of touch with genuine concerns raised by those directly looking after
patients on the front line. Take locum caps. Jeremy Hunt introduced caps on how
much locum doctors could be paid. However, the majority of Hospitals rely on
locums on a daily basis. The locum caps effectively gave this vital group of
employees a massive pay cut. Low and behold, filling rota gaps has now become
even more of a struggle, with care for our most vulnerable being put at risk.
The Junior Doctor contract is yet another example of the government being out of
touch with the reality of the NHS. A 7 day NHS pledge has been made, with no
credible plan as to how it might be achieved. The contract will result in tired,
overworked doctors, many of which will be more than likely to leave the country
before even signing pen to paper. The patient's association, the general public,
the medical royal colleges, the shadow cabinet, Junior Doctors, consultants, to
name just a few, have all strongly come out against imposition of a contract,
but it seems to be falling upon deaf ears. The government won't listen. Now many
doctors feel they have no choice, but to support an all out strike. What does
this aim to do? Yes it aims to cause disruption and inconvenience to Hospitals,
but not to compromise patient safety. Take my local Hospital. On the day of the
strikes, paediatric care is going to be covered by 9 consultants, the most
senior, the most highly trained of everyone. With 6 weeks' notice, every
Hospital will have had the chance to put in place a plan to deliver vital NHS
care. The most important thing for me as a Paediatrician is to have the time and
resources to deliver the best quality care to sick children that I see. Jeremy
Hunt has managed to antagonise the entire Hospital workforce by putting in place
measures to stop us achieving this. We have to stand up for ourselves and our
teach water safety to schoolchildren and students during Drowning Prevention
MERSEYSIDE Fire and Rescue Service are
holding special events for schoolchildren to support the Chief Fire Officers
Association's (CFOA's) Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Week, which launched
on Monday, 25 April 2016. The campaign, which runs to Sunday, 1 May 2016, is
raising awareness of the everyday dangers of being near water after 633 people
died in water-related incidents across the UK from 2014 to 2015. Firefighters
are backing the initiative by inviting local school children to take part in
educational events held at the Service's Marine Rescue Unit at the Pier Head, on
Tuesday, 26 April 2016, Wednesday, 27 April 2016 and Thursday, 28 April 2016.
Pupils from St Paul's Catholic Junior School
in West Derby, Holy Spirit Primary Roman Catholic Primary School in Bootle and
Lander Road Primary School in Litherland will visit the Unit to learn about
water safety through interactive rescue demonstrations delivered by firefighters
and partners from HM Coastguard and the Royal Life Saving Society. The children
will also take educational trips on Mersey Ferries' river explorer cruise,
escorted by the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service's hovercraft and Marine Fire
One rescue boat, to learn more about water safety. Advice and water safety
tips will also be issued on the @MerseyFire Twitter account over the forthcoming
week using the hashtag #BeWaterAware
Station Manager Sean McGuinness, who has
organised the schools' visit, said:- "Drowning in the UK is amongst the
leading causes of accidental death but knowing how to respond efficiently and
appropriately can help save lives.It's vital that all children receive water
safety education, to make them aware of the risks of being near water and so
they know how to respond quickly and safely should the worst happen. Being near
water is perceived as a low risk activity, but statistics show that this is not
the case. One of the main at risk demographics is young adult males so we will
also be visiting university campuses and halls of residence to deliver leaflets
and posters around the themes of alcohol and drowning."
CFOA's water safety lead, Dawn Whittaker, said:- "Most people would be
shocked to hear that many victims of drowning just happen to be near water and
have no intention of ending up in it, such as runners, walkers, anglers and
young adult drinkers. They are unaware of the risks and often totally unprepared
for the scenario of falling in the water. By joining forces with regional fire
and rescue services we hope to highlight this issue and reduce the numbers of
Tips for what to do if someone falls in to deep water:-
► Call for help right away. Call 999 and if you are near the coast ask for the
Coastguard. If you are inland, then ask for the Fire Service and Ambulance.
► Give accurate information about where you are. Use the location services or
map tools on your phone to give a clear description to emergency services and
look around for any landmarks or signs.
► Stay on the line and call for help from anyone who might be close by.
► Never enter the water to try and save someone; you are likely to suffer from
cold water shock.
► Shout to the person ‘swim to me' to give them a focus and keep
any instructions clear, short and loud.
► Look around for any lifesaving equipment and use it. If there is no lifesaving
equipment look what else you can use to help them stay afloat.
► If you manage to get the person out of the water they will need medical
attention. Medical problems can still occur up to 48 hours after the incident if
water has entered their lungs.
► If they are unconscious check they are breathing and
perform five rescue breaths and CPR (30 chest compressions followed by 2 rescue
breaths) until help arrives.
► If the person is unconscious, but breathing put them in the recovery position
with their head lower than their body. If they are conscious try and keep them