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Issue:- Monday, 6 June 2016

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1st Hospital in the North West to provide Stretta® Therapy for NHS patients

ROYAL Liverpool University Hospital is the 1st hospital in the North West, and second in the Country to provide Stretta® Therapy for NHS patients suffering from Gastro Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD).

The Stretta
® Therapy, performed by Dr Howard Smart, is a safe and effective treatment for chronic GORD patients who are not responding to medications and wish to avoid surgery.

GORD is a common condition resulting from a weakened muscle ring or valve (the lower oesophageal sphincter) located at the bottom of the gullet. This weakness causes the stomach acid to leak up into the gullet producing symptoms such as heartburn, acid reflux and an unpleasant taste in the back of the mouth.

During the short Stretta
® procedure, the patient is given an anaesthetic and a special catheter is passed through the mouth into the gullet. The device delivers radiofrequency energy to strengthen and improve the function of the valve, which prevents regurgitation or reflux.

The NICE approved procedure enables patients to return home on the same day and allows them to return to work the day after treatment. As no surgery is involved the patient has no wounds or scars.

Dr Howard Smart, consultant gastroenterologist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, said:-
"The Stretta® procedure has been used extensively in Europe and North America to improve patient's GORD symptoms and quality of life. A long term follow up study reveals that after 8 to 10 years symptom improvement is maintained and approximately of patients require no regular acid reducing medication for their condition. Stretta® Therapy increases the treatment options available for patients with GORD, filling the gap between tablets and surgery."

Is There Slavery In Your Supply Chain? Small Business Guide to Modern Slavery

FSB joins Liverpool University's Heseltine Institute, the Centre for the 'Study of International Slavery' and the 'International Slavery Museum' for launch of new guide.  The guide to help businesses meet their responsibilities and supply chain obligations under the new:- 'Modern Slavery Act' is to be launched at an event, on Wednesday, 8 June 2016 at Liverpool's historic Athenaeum club. 'The Modern Slavery Act' came into force in 2015. Section 54 adds the requirement for large companies (turnover more than £36m) to report on supply chains from 1 April 2016. This will generate a demand for audits and reports from smaller companies in their supply chains.  The event will feature the University of Liverpool's Dr Alex Balch and Glynn Rankin, who will highlight the major supply chain issues and requirements for small businesses. Representatives from FSB's Merseyside, West Cheshire and Wigan region and Liverpool and Knowsley branch will be on hand to welcome guests to the Athenaeum. Established in the 18th Century, previous proprietors of the club include William Roscoe, 1 of the most prominent slavery abolitionists. Is There Slavery In Your Supply Chain? Small Business Guide To Modern Slavery, is to take place from 5.30pm to 8pm, on Wednesday, 8 June 2016, at The Athenaeum, Church Alley, Liverpool, L1 3DD. Anyone wanting to go or if you have accessibility requirements or any specific dietary requests should send them email.   Here at Southport and Mersey Reporter, we would also like to know what you, our readers think of the new requirements.  Do you think it will help or just hinder businesses with out any results?

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