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Edition No. 100

Date:- 24 May 2003

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Hospital NHS Trust lost linen plea
Report with thanks to Nicky Williams.

LAUNDRY staff at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust are asking residents to help them find missing linen.

The problem was highlighted during a recent stock take when staff realised that some of the linen from the in-house laundry service had disappeared, including bed sheets, towels, blankets and pyjamas.

Site Services Manager Emily Hoban, who oversees the laundry service, believes the problem could be an innocent mistake on both the Trust’s part and patients.

She explained:- “Linen can go missing during patient transfers, such as when they are taken by ambulance back home, or if they are being transferred to a nursing home. Patients are usually wrapped up in our blankets or are wearing our pyjamas and would not necessarily realise what has happened, nor would the Trust take the items from them. 

Unfortunately, the oversight means that we have to replace linen, which is an unnecessary cost. However, this can be avoided with the help of the public, so we would encourage people to help the Trust by returning any missing items they may have.”

The items are easily identifiable as all the linen carries the Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust name, which is embroidered on each piece of laundry. Staff would be grateful to see the missing linen returned before they have to replace any more.

If you have any of the Trust’s items, please return them back to the on-site laundry department at Ormskirk District General Hospital. Contact laundry manager Rob Renshaw on 01695 656775 for further details. 

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Sefton Give Free Bicycle Hire for Event
Report with thanks to Nicky Williams.

BIKES can be hired free of charge for people who want to take part in this year’s Sefton Cycle Tour – so there really are no excuses for not saddling up!

A number of venues across Sefton borough are involved in ‘Free Wheeling’, a free bike hire scheme launched through the Crosby-based Healthy Lifestyle Programme - Meaning that any Sefton resident over the age of 16 can borrow a bike without having to pay a fee.

The bikes can be hired from leisure centres across Sefton, as well as Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. Using the scheme is as easy as joining the library, as all it involves is bringing along some form of identification.

A total of 84 bikes are available for hire at locations from Bootle through to Southport. So if you fancy joining the fourth Sefton Cycle Tour on June 22 and have not got a bike, this scheme offers the perfect solution.

Jean Hunt, Sefton Council’s Senior Officer for Travel Awareness, said:- “Already there has been a huge demand for these bikes, which are for adults only and vary in size. However, because of the limited number of bikes it’s strictly operated on a first come first served basis.” 

The Sefton Cycle Tour has been organised by Healthstart in partnership with South Sefton and Southport & Formby Primary Care Trusts and Sefton Council.

The bike ride is a leisurely 25-mile cycle through the countryside of Sefton. Beginning and ending at Maghull Town Hall and includes a refreshment stop at Ainsdale Beach. A charge of £7 per person or £24 per team and the event is open to anyone aged 14 years and over.

It forms part of the fifth Sefton Healthstart Festival programme for the duration of June 4 to June 28. The idea behind the Festival is to promote healthier lifestyles and encourage physical activity sponsored by festival beneficiary, the British Heart Foundation. 

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