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Issue:- Thursday, 28 July 2016

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New app for Southport hospital visitors

Photo caption: John Keogh and Mark Harrison from Innove Solutions launching the new app with nurses.

SOUTHPORT Hospital is 1 of the 1st in the country to benefit from a new way finding app.  It has been developed by Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust in partnership with Liverpool company Innove Solutions. It will enable visitors and patients to get familiar with the layout of the Hospital before they arrive.

The free app, which is available on Apple and Android, displays a series of photographs with clear instructions on getting around. It can even function without internet connection. Rob Gillies, Trust executive medical director, said:- "Hospitals can sometimes be daunting places to get around. This new app will help make visits to the Hospital run more smoothly. We are delighted to work with Innove on this pilot app which is very user friendly. There are clear instructions on getting to all Departments at the Hospital from whichever entrance people arrive at."

Innove photographers spent 3 days at the Hospital carefully plotting routes to get to all wards and departments. John Keogh, director, Innove Solutions said:- "This is the very 1st Hospital app we've developed. It's been exciting to work with the Trust to make getting around the Hospital easier. We are delighted with the results and hope the public who visit Southport Hospital find it really useful. Our work on this pilot app has informed how we develop future apps in the NHS. We are working with three other NHS trusts to develop similar way finding apps."

App features include: -


►  Transport advice.

►  Step by step directions to wards and facilities across the site.

►  Key Hospital phone numbers, car parking information and cashpoint locations.

►  Friends and family test.

The Trust hopes to expand the app to Ormskirk Hospital in the future and is exploring other ways of engaging with patients and visitors digitally.

All invited to free family fun day at Seacombe Children's Centre

WIRRAL Council and Seacombe Childrens' Centre's Family Forum are holding a free Family Fun Day on Thursday, 28 July 2016.  The Fun Day takes place at Seacombe Children's Centre, St Paul's Road, Seacombe, from Noon to 4pm.  All are welcome for food and fun activities including a raffle, music and dancing, face painting, craft stalls, garden activities, storytime, and a 'build a butty' bar. There will also be a chance for children to try some of the activities available at Wirral Children's Centres.

Diddi Dance, a pre-school dance class, and Little Kickers, who run children's football classes around the country, will also be offering activities.

Liz Sharp, a member of Seacombe Children's Centre's Parents Forum, said the event would help raise funds to provide support for families of young children to help give them the best start in life, and would showcase the services on offer in the centre.

Cllr Matthew Patrick, Wirral's Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, said:- 'This sounds like a great way of raising money for a fantastic cause, and giving people a taste of what our children's centres have to offer.'

All welcome - everyone is invited to attend.

Shop's drinks appeal rejected

AN appeal by an Aigburth newsagents which had its license to sell alcohol revoked has been dismissed. PRM News and Wine, of Lark Lane, had its licence cancelled by the City Council's Licensing Sub-committee in February.  Merseyside Police asked for the licence to be reviewed after they made a joint visit with immigration officials and an illegal worker was found to be working at the premises. The Alcohol and Tobacco Unit, who also staged a joint visit with Immigration Officers, said that they found 156 bottle of illicit wine at the shop. They also provided evidence that there has been proxy sales during a Bank Holiday weekend and staff had served alcohol to a customer who was drunk. The sub-committee said they had no faith that the premises licence holder understood his responsibilities under the Licensing Act or that he would continue to run the premises without undermining the licensing objectives and felt that it was appropriate and proportionate to revoke the premises license.  PRM appealed this decision at Liverpool Magistrates Court, but District Judge Wendy Lloyd dismissed the appeal, meaning the shop will no longer be able to sell alcohol with immediate effect. Councillor Steve Munby, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said:- "Decisions to revoke licences are not taken lightly but in this case there were clear breaches and the court has ruled that the decision was justified."

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