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Edition No. 103

Date:- 14 June 2003

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Historic birth at Southport Hospital!

BABY Benjamin White's birth will go down in history - he was the last baby
to be born on the Christiana Hartley Maternity Ward at Southport & Formby
District General Hospital.

His mum, Anita Webster, was the last woman to give birth on the ward to her
bouncing 9lb baby boy.

Last Thursday (June 5th) Anita was rushed into labour, just a day before the
big changeover within Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, which will
now see all women's and children's services relocated to Ormskirk Hospital.

Anita's first child, two-and-a-half-year-old Lewis, was born at Southport
Hospital and Anita is glad her second sibling was also born there.

She said:- "Everything went really well and all the staff were really nice to
us. I was even happier to learn that Benjamin was the last baby to be born
on the Southport maternity ward. His birth will certainly go down in

Both mother and child are back at their Southport home and are doing fine."

The Trust is planning to mark the last birth by surprising Anita with some
lovely gifts for her newborn, which will always remind her that she was the
last woman to give birth on the Christiana Hartley Maternity Ward.

Sefton Cycle Tour.

Report by Nicky Williams (Healthstart)

IF YOU haven’t already saddled up for this year’s Sefton Cycle Tour, the good news is that there is still time to enter.

Entries will be accepted on the day for those who want to join the 4th Sefton Cycle Tour on Sunday, June 22.

Aimed at all abilities, the bike ride is a leisurely 25-mile cycle through the pretty countryside of Sefton. It starts and finishes at Maghull Town Hall and includes a refreshment stop at Ainsdale Beach. There is a charge of £7 per person or £24 per team and the event is open to anyone aged 14 years and over.

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

It forms part of the fifth Sefton Healthstart Festival programme, which runs until June 28th, and offers a jam-packed programme of events 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 prevent cancer and coronary heart disease.

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

For entry forms for the Sefton Cycle Tour or any of the other events, please call Lisa Parnell at Healthstart on 0151 707 2566 or email

Wash your Hands!

LIVERPOOL schoolboy Mark Cartwright has cleaned up with a design to help cut down on the number of food poisoning cases in the city.

Mark, aged 12, a pupil at Cardinal Heenan School, has designed the winning poster in a competition for Liverpool schools for Food Safety Week.

The theme for this year's week was the "Importance of Hand Washing" and is aimed at increasing awareness of food hygiene with a goal of reducing food poisoning incidents by 20% by 2006 As many as one in 10 people suffer from food poisoning. This amounts to up to 5.5 million cases a year in the UK alone.

Mark's poster design has the message "Always wash your hands before you handle food.  Kill germs before they kill you." 

He wins £50 in vouchers of his choice and his school receives a cheque for £200.His poster will be on display in Sayers and Hampson stores across Merseyside and in selected City Council Offices.

National Food Safety Week is an annual venture between the Food and Drink Federation, the Food Standards Agency and other interested bodies. Liverpool City Council Environmental Health and Trading Standards Department and Sayers Confectioners joined forces to invite schools across Liverpool to design a poster on this year's theme.

Councillor Paula Keaveney, Assistant Executive Member for the Environment, said:- "Improving food hygiene is a vital way of ensuring better health. So we are delighted with the imagination shown by Mark and the other pupils who took part in the competition. His design for posters will be used to good effect across the city."

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