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Edition No. 96

Date:- 26  April 2003

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Space hoppers and volleyball....

SPACE hoppers, volleyball and a few other surprises are in store for teams who dare to join this year's Sefton Corporate Games Evening.

Forget pumping iron in the gym, this popular event is all about the path to fitness in a fun way.

Similar to the famous 'It's a Knockout' event, the Sefton Corporate Games Evening offers teams who take part a very entertaining time.

It is also a brilliant way to bond with work colleagues because it involves team spirit in a challenging environment, which will test the physical and mental strength of players.

Although it can get competitive at times, the thing to remember is not to take it too seriously. With games such as 'Sling the Welly', rounders, basketball skills and javelin throwing, it can only be described as child's play!

This year's event has been organised by Healthstart in partnership with South Sefton and Southport & Formby Primary Care Trusts and Sefton Council.

Lisa Corkhill, Healthstart's Events Manager, said:- "Every year we have had so many laughs watching from the sidelines, but more importantly, the teams never leave without smiles on their faces. The evening always promotes real team spirit and a sense of fun and shows that taking part in physical exercise doesn't mean it has to be hard work or too serious." 

This year's action is on Thursday, June 26, at Dunes Leisure Centre, Southport, from 6pm to 8.30pm. There is a charge of £20 per team with a minimum of six members and a maximum of 10. All team members must be aged 16 and over. 

It forms part of the fifth Sefton Healthstart Festival programme, which runs from 4-28 June, and offers a packed calendar of activities to suit all ages and abilities! 

The idea behind the Festival is to promote healthier lifestyles and encourage physical activity. It is also to show that increasing exercise is one of the best ways to help combat cancer and coronary heart disease.

The Festival's official charity beneficiary in 2003 is the British Heart Foundation. 

For entry forms for the Sefton Corporate Games Evening or any of the other events call Healthstart on 0151 707 2566

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Report by Nicky Williams and photograph by Patrick Trollope.

A huge tower crane is now a familiar sight for residents passing Ormskirk and District General Hospital.

Its changing skyline can be seen from for miles and marks the ongoing works to bring Ormskirk a new state-of-the-art Women's and Children's Centre and one of the country's first Diagnostic and Treatment Centres. 

Construction of the new 17 million pound Obstetric, Paediatric and Diagnostic & Treatment Centre Development at the Ormskirk site started in November 2002. It marked Phase 1 of the Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust Zenith Project.

Work on the site has really progressed over the months and the first sign of a real change was the erection of a 100ft tower crane in the hospital grounds. This crane has now become a familiar landmark to residents of Ormskirk and surrounding districts, being the highest point for many miles around.

The tower crane has enabled the construction of the buildings' steel frame, which is now virtually complete. Work on forming floors has now commenced; soon to be followed by the brickwork skin of the building.

The project is entirely on schedule for completion in the autumn of 2004. But in order to deliver and maintain the level and quality of services required until the new purpose-built unit is completed, it has been agreed to move obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics impatient services from Southport to the Ormskirk Hospital site during the weekend of the 7th and 8th of June. This move will take place in advance of the new centre being completed but arrangements will be in place to accept patients without compromising safety or quality of care

Chief Executive of the Trust, Jonathan Parry, said, "After many years of toil it's great to see all our hard work and planning come to constructive fruition. It's an exciting time for the Trust and for those who have been involved throughout the design stages to actually see for themselves how things are progressing on site."

"Outpatient services will of course continue on the Southport site following the move on the weekend of June 7th and 8th. Once the project is completed the Trust's patients will benefit from improved patient safety and quality of care."

The project is set to be the first scheme completed under the NHS Procure 21, which has seen a strong partnership form between Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust and Costain Ltd to deliver this exciting development.

Mark Gordon, Costain's Managing Director, said:- "This is the first Procure 21 project on site and it demonstrates that partnering between the client and the contractor really does work. We have an exceptional working relationship with the Trust and our site team say it is a tremendous atmosphere to work in."

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