MP opens new spinal day room
JOHN Pugh MP officially opened a
refurbished day room for patients at Southport Hospital. The new room will be
used by patients of The North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre, at Southport
and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. The centre cares for people with spinal cord
injuries from Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria, Cheshire,
parts of North Wales and the Isle of Man. The day room has now been completely
revamped providing a light, bright location for patients to cook meals, chat and
relax. Emily Hoban, who runs the centre, said:- "We were delighted Mr Pugh
was able to officially open this new facility which will provide a fantastic
environment for our patients." The centre is internationally recognised
for the excellent treatment of people with high cervical spinal cord injury.
Comment from Rimrose Valley
Friends in response to our Department of Transport, Roads Minister's visits
LAST week we ran a
report about UK's Transport Minister visiting
Liverpool to view plans to boost Port Of Liverpool. Part of these plans includes
an option that has upset many local residents. The local campaign group:-
'The Friends of Rimrose Valley Country Park.' have since replied to the
report we ran. They said:- "It's clear that the Roads Minister, Andrew
Jones and the Government are determined to push ahead with their A5036 road
building plans. We look forward to seeing how they are going to reduce the
already intolerable levels of air and noise pollution suffered by the
surrounding communities. In February 2016, The Royal College of Physicians and
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health stated that air pollution will
kill 40,000 people prematurely each year and the health costs add up to more
than £20 billion every year. (ref)."
They then added a question:- "What is the estimated increase in
the local premature deaths from both road options?"
RimroseValleyFriends.Org then went on to say:- "That same
report "Every Breath We Take: The Lifelong Impact of Air Pollution" states as a
recommendation 'Act to protect the public health when air pollution levels are
high. When these limits are exceeded, local authorities must have the power to
close or divert roads to reduce the volume of traffic, especially near schools.'
There are numerous schools in close proximity to the A5036. To stop these roads
tragically damaging the health of vulnerable children the authorities should be
acting on the advice of the country's best scientific experts and closing the
road to all freight traffic. Numerous reports stress the importance of open
green space for mental and physical well being. Either option would inevitably
destroy the green lungs of the area and increase, not only air pollution, but
noise pollution, light pollution and traffic congestion. The nitrogen dioxide
level this morning at the Princess Way Air Quality Monitoring Station was
105μg/m³ at 7.30am. The European Union legally binding mean level is 40μg/m³."
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Beat the Street!
LIVERPOOL is set to play host to an
exciting 6 week game called:- 'Beat the Street' – a challenge that
encourages participants to walk, cycle and run as far as possible within their
local community in their own time.
The free challenge was launched at Anfield Road Primary School with staff and
pupils plus representatives from the local community, as well as children from
All Saint's Primary School.
Tracey Williams, assistant head at All Saints Catholic Primary School, added:-
"At All Saints we seek to promote health and exercise throughout key
stages. The children are enthusiastic and excited to be a part of the 'Beat the
Street' initiative and can't wait to start to use their fobs."
The game starts in the Liverpool North cluster on Wednesday, 18 May 2016 and takes
place until 29 June 2016 covering the wards of Anfield, Everton and Kirkdale. A
2nd competition within the Southern ½ of the City will take place from 8
June 2016 to 20 July 2016.
'Beat the Street' will turn Liverpool into a real life game where residents are
challenged to form or join a team and see how far they can walk, cycle or run
within the timeframe. Participants will be able to log their journey by tapping
cards against special sensors called:- 'Beat Boxes', which will be found on
lampposts across the area.
The competition has been resourced through a partnership between Liverpool
Council, Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group and strategic stakeholders with
the aim of encouraging people to adopt a more active lifestyle and to continue
being more active beyond the end of the competition.
The game is part of Healthy
Liverpool; a 5 year programme to improve health locally. Helping people reap
the benefits of moving more is central to Healthy Liverpool. It is also part of
Liverpool's Physical Activity and Sport Strategy 2014 to 2021 which sets out the
vision for Liverpool to be the most active City in England by 2021.
There are 2 leader boards and fantastic prizes for the top 3 teams that travel
the furthest and also those teams that clock up the highest average points per
There is also the chance to win weekly:-
'lucky tap' prizes just
for taking part. People of all ages can take part and players can win prizes for
themselves and their community team.Assistant Mayor Councillor Wendy Simon, said:-
"We're very excited about launching this fun initiative which will help local
people become more active and gain some real benefits. Doing any amount of
physical activity that gets you breathing a bit harder is beneficial, even
walking or wheeling for 10 minutes per day can help to make you feel good and
can help prevent a multitude of health conditions. The wellbeing benefits of the
programme are clear and previous Beat the Street competitions across the UK have
demonstrated that the scheme helps people get to know their areas better,
improves community cohesion and reduces congestion. All you need to do is to
register a Beat the Street card and put a pair of trainers on! Good luck
everyone taking part!"
Dr Maurice Smith is a GP, and a member of NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning
Group's Governing Body. He said:- "Being more active is the single most
effective way to improve our physical and mental health and, at the moment,
Liverpool is behind other parts of the country when it comes to being active.
Being active doesn't have to mean joining the gym or running a
½ marathon. You can make a difference by building more
movement into your daily life; taking part in Beat the Street is a great place
to start moving more. Even small amounts of activity can make a huge difference
to how we feel and help prevent illnesses such as heart disease and cancer, as
well as easing the symptoms of long term conditions such as diabetes and lung
For more information about:- 'Beat the Street', go the challenge
website or search for:- 'Beat
the Street Liverpool North'