Keep A&E free for people with serious
or life threatening conditions
PEOPLE are being urged to avoid using
A&E at Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals unless they have a serious injury or
illness, or face a life threatening emergency. Southport Hospital in particular
is extremely busy after a weekend which saw 4 out of 5 patients on Saturday
needing more thorough clinical assessment, investigation or observation before
they could be treated.
Therese Patten, Chief Operating Officer, said:- "Local health and social
care services are working closely to get patients the care they need where and
when they need it. However, we also need our community's help to keep our
Hospitals moving at this challenging time.
Please use A&E services only if you need them and think carefully before calling
If you have a friend, relative or loved already in Hospital, you can also help
by supporting our staff to get them ready when it's time to go home."
A&E is for people with serious injuries or illness, or life threatening
emergencies, such as severe chest pains, breathing difficulties, loss of
consciousness or bleeding that won't stop.
Contact a GP or a GP out of hours service for help with injuries or illnesses
that won't go away.
For people needing urgent help with minor illnesses or injuries no appointment
is necessary at a Walk In Centre. West Lancashire Health Centre at Ormskirk
Hospital is open from 8am to 7.30pm all year round. Skelmersdale NHS Walk in
Centre, at The Concourse is open, from 8am to 7.30pm, weekdays, and from 9am to 5pm,
NHS:- 111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It's fast, easy and free. Call:- 111 and
speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals. They
will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately
direct you to the best medical care for you.
Local Pharmacists and the NHS Choices
website are also a good source of
information and advice.
Coughs, colds, sore throats, upset stomachs, general aches and pains, and flu
will usually clear up on their own. Keep warm, drink plenty of fluids and, if
appropriate, treat with over the counter painkillers such as Paracetamol, if
your not allergic to it.
Workers in Liverpool
say age discrimination is common in their workplace
A staggering 72.9% of workers in
Liverpool have revealed that discrimination around age is common in their
workplace. That's according to the latest piece of research from CV Library,
the UK's leading independent job board.
The study asked 1,400 UK workers to open up about the topic of discrimination in
the workplace, particularly when it comes to age. It found that 38.3% of
professionals in Liverpool have been turned down for a job because of their age.
Other key findings include:-
► 22.9% of workers in Liverpool feel they're not taken seriously at work,
because of their age.
► With a further 90% stating that they
have been discriminated against at work because they were considered:- 'too young.'
► AND, 10% of professionals working in
Liverpool were discriminated against for being:- 'too old.'
Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV Library, comments:-
"Diversity is a hot topic at the moment, and it is something that should be
celebrated in the workplace. Sadly, there is clearly still a great amount of
discrimination amongst those considered to be 'too old' or 'too young' to work
in certain positions. As a nation, we need to address this issue head on, and
consider ways in which we can remove these stigmas."
Of those that said they were considered to be 'too young' for a
job, 90% were told that no 1 would take them seriously. Conversely, for those
considered to be:- 'too old', 33.3% heard that there were concerns that
they would be retiring soon, while a further 22.2% were told that they were too
stuck in their ways.
Biggins continues:- "It's clear that discrimination around age is not only
rife in workplaces, but also during the hiring process. But, while employers may
think their pickiness will secure them the very best workers, they're actually
limiting themselves even further. Younger, and older, workers are a key part of
driving our economy forward and companies should embrace a diverse range of
employees in their business."
Always room inside at new rough
LIVERPOOL'S Mayor, Joe Anderson, is to
officially launch the Council's new rough sleeping shelter; as part of a major
new drive to tackle homelessness in the City. Labre House on Camden Street in
the Georgian Quarter; named after the Patron Saint of the homeless, Benedict
Joseph Labre; is already operational, providing a safe and warm environment for
the City's rough sleepers.
The shelter will operate between 8pm and 8am, 365 days of the year. In addition,
there is a day care centre at the Whitechapel Centre, on Langsdale Street,
ensuring rough sleepers can stay off the streets, 24/7.
However the aim of the 3 storey Labre House centre is much bolder and the
building is undergoing renovation work to turn it into a hub offering a range of
services. It will eventually bring together outreach teams, substance and
alcohol support and GP services, in order to provide an integrated approach to
supporting rough sleepers.
The Mayor's ambition also includes helping rough sleepers access benefits and
housing advice, as well as free IT and telephones, so they can get back in touch
with family and friends.
When completed, Labre House will be 1 of the most ambitious centres of its
kind in the country, providing tailored support, not only to get rough sleepers
off the streets, but to help them turn their lives around; for good.
The Centre will bring together the City's various voluntary groups, so the
entire effort behind tackling rough sleeping can be co-ordinated for maximum
Crucially, in a break with national Government policy, Mayor Anderson has
insisted that all people on the streets; even failed asylum seekers who are
deemed to have:- 'No Recourse to Public Funds' will also be helped.
Explaining the thinking behind Labre House, Mayor Anderson said:- "I can't
begin to imagine how desperate it is to find yourself out on the streets of our
City, especially during the winter.
The Council spends ₤11 million every year tackling homelessness; helping
families and individuals avoid rough sleeping. I am now determined that we will
end rough sleeping in Liverpool once and for all and I am prepared to spend
whatever it takes to guarantee that no shivers to death on the streets of my
I simply will not tolerate a situation where our fellow human beings feel they
have no other option than to live on the streets. This includes those deemed to
have 'No Recourse to Public Funds'. Any rough sleeper will get help.
We will shortly be launching a campaign 'Always Room Inside' to explain how we
are working to address rough sleeping and ensure there is, literally always room
inside; day and night; and what the public can do to help us by signposting any
rough sleepers they meet towards our services."
In November, 133 people presented as homeless and at imminent risk of rough
sleeping, of which 92% (122) were supported indoors and successfully prevented
from spending a 1st night out on the street.
A total of 85 different people were observed bedding down on the streets, of
which 61 were successfully supported to come indoors or return to accommodation.
₤10,000 on offer to schools
in national Scottish Power Green Energy Trust competition
PUPILS in secondary schools across the
UK have until 31 December 2017, to share their School's big green dream and compete to
get ₤10,000 to help turn ideas into reality.
The Scottish Power Green Energy Trust is calling on school pupils in Year 7 to 8 in
England to submit their:- 'Big Green Dream.'
Ideas could range from recycling
initiatives to supporting the school eco group or installing a new wind turbine.
1 school will receive the top prize of ₤10,000 to make their dream a reality. 4
runners up will receive ₤5,000 for their school and 8 schools will receive
Pupils can make creative entries such as drawings, videos, collages, poems or
paintings. The entries will be judged by the Scottish Power Green Energy Trust,
an independent charity which helps community renewable energy projects get off
Funded entirely by donations from Scottish Power's Green Energy Fund customers,
the Green Energy Trust has awarded over ₤1.6 million to more than 154 projects
since it was 1st established in 2000.
Alison McKean, Social and Environmental Policy Manager at Scottish Power and a
Trustee of the Scottish Power Green Energy Trust, said:- "The countdown is
on for school pupils to share their Big Green Dream and show they have what it
takes to design a brighter future for their school. We're looking for ideas that
will blow us away and support the school in being environmentally friendly for
years to come."
For more information about the competition or to submit an entry before 31
December, please visit:-