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How building a dalek helped my chronic pain
A father with chronic pain surprised
staff and patients at Southport Hospital when he toured the wards with his
homemade, life sized Dr Who Dalek.
Kevin Howard has been using the pain service for 14 years since he woke up 1
morning with pain in his shoulder. The pain intensified and numerous tests and
investigations over 2 years failed to produce a diagnosis. Kevin was eventually
diagnosed with chronic pain, though after 2 years of suffering he was no longer
able to work as an electrical engineer and required regular pain medication.
It was a referral to Clinical Psychology at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS
Trust that helped Kevin turn his life around. "The pain is still the same,
I just have a different mindset now..." said Kevin.
Because of his pain, Kevin was no longer able to play football with his son,
Stewart, they set about building a life size Dalek, so that they could do
something together. "We call the dalek Jeremy and he's 12 years old now.
We started building him when my son was 6 and it helped to teach him how to use
tools, it took us 3 months to build. We even used Jeremy as a Christmas Tree 1
year. My wife wasn't too happy!"
Stewart is now 18 and accompanied his Dad (and Jeremy the Dalek) around the
Hospital to boost the spirits of patients and staff.
Kevin is also a volunteer at the pain clinic, based at Ainsdale Centre for
Health and Well Being, every Friday and with the Living Well programme. For more
information on the pain clinic and Living Well, visit:-
SouthportAndOrmskirk.NHS.UK and click on the Clinical Psychology
Appeal after video posted on social media
MERSEYSIDE Police have confirmed that
they have launched an investigation after after a video was posted to social
media in recent days, showing dangerous driving. The video shows a green BMW 328
estate repeatedly sliding around a roundabout, on Benthams Way, Southport and at
1 point the vehicle comes close to colliding with an NWAS Ambulance, that was
driving onto the roundabout. Enquiries are ongoing to identify who was driving
the car at the time of this offence, believed to have happened in recent days.
Inspector Keith Kellett from Merseyside Roads Policing said:- "We are well
aware of this incident and are making extensive enquiries to identify the person
responsible. I would like to reassure members of the community that we will not
tolerate such dangerous driving on the roads of Merseyside. Manoeuvres like
drifting are incredibly reckless and it is through luck alone that there was not
a serious accident, potentially involving the Ambulance. If drivers behave in
such a way it is inevitable that someone will be hurt and we will be relentless
in identifying those responsible and removing them from the roads."
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact:- 101 or
Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.
1 in 10 homes in Liverpool could be setting
themselves up for a Christmas disaster
EVEN in the relatively mild Christmas
forecast, the festive season can be ruined if boilers or central heating go
wrong. Yet British Gas research found that almost a 3rd of residents don't check
their heating is working ahead of the holiday period.
The poll also found that almost half do not get their boiler serviced and more
than 42% do not bleed their radiators, putting themselves at risk of a Christmas
More than a 3rd of North West residents say family get togethers are their
favourite festive activity. But engineers expect to be called out to almost
1,400 homes in the region next week, so engineers are urging families to check
their homes are ready for the winter break.
Last year almost 60 homes in Liverpool faced a boiler breakdown on Christmas
Day. Working over Christmas, Peter Knowles, a British Gas engineer in the
region, is hoping to avoid crashing any celebrations. He says preparation is the
key to steering clear of domestic disaster over the holiday period.
Peter said:- "Our priority is to keep our customers' homes and businesses
warm, safe and working this winter, and engineers like me are on standby to
visit homes and businesses over Christmas. Simple things like blocking draughts
to stop heat escaping, or bleeding your radiators, can help keep your home warm,
yet our research shows that very few people do them to prepare for the winter
months. By carrying out a few quick checks, everyone can focus on enjoying the
Christmas they've been hoping for."
Last winter, British Gas fixed more than 1.3 million boilers and made nearly
250,000 visits to fix problems with white goods and electrics in the home.
During the same period, the company fixed almost 11,000 commercial boilers for
small to medium sized businesses.
LJLA expects 10% passenger increase as
Christmas and New Year 'getaway' begins
LIVERPOOL John Lennon Airport (LJLA) is
gearing up again for the traditional Christmas and New Year 'Getaway',
with almost 130,000 passengers expected to pass through the Airport over the
festive and New Year holiday period. Passenger numbers are set to be 10% higher
than in 2015, following a similar trend seen throughout most of 2016.
With many schools now having finished for Christmas, families from across the
region are expected to head off on flights over the holiday period with
passengers travelling to a mix of destinations in search of some much needed
Winter sun, to go skiing, visit relatives, or looking for Christmas and New Year
festivities across a range of European Cities.
As usual, popular flights for passengers over the coming days are expected to be
Winter ski destinations such as Geneva, Salzburg and Grenoble, The Canary
Islands and southern Spain for some warmer Winter weather and popular City break
Christmas is also a popular time for passengers to fly via LJLA to return home
or visit family and friends, with flights to Northern Ireland and the Republic
of Ireland expected to be amongst the busiest.
LJLA Management are once again keen to remind all passengers to allow plenty of
time to pass through the Airport during this busy period and that restrictions
on liquids carried in hand luggage are still in place. Passengers are also
reminded to think carefully about what items they are intending to pack in hand
luggage, before they set off for the Airport; especially those who are
travelling with presents for friends and relatives.
To avoid disappointment at the security search point and to help keep security
queues to a minimum, passengers are being asked to travel with their presents
unwrapped if they are to be carried in hand luggage.
Robin Tudor, Head of PR for LJLA commented:- "We expect this to be another
busy Christmas here at the Airport as thousands of passengers pass through over
the festive period taking advantage of the convenience of flying via Liverpool."
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