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Edition No. 111

Date:- 09 August 2003

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Trust launches Hospital at Home scheme for children

SOUTHPORT and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust have just launched a "Hospital at Home" initiative for children.

Since 1994, the Government has recognized that children are best cared for by the parents in the comfort of their own home, with the assistance of qualified nurses, and are actively encouraging acute Trusts to have this type of scheme in place.

Now Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has followed in the footsteps of other hospitals by launching it's own project.

The Hospital at Home scheme allows children to be discharged from hospital earlier than planned, but the child will still be under the supervision of medical staff. Experienced Children's Nurses will liaise with the Paediatric Consultants to ensure the child receives the best possible care and will visit the youngster during the following 48-72 hours.

Shirley Coward, Children's Ward Manager/Matron, said:- "The Trust's scheme has been tailored to its own needs and has immense benefits. Children can be discharged and go home more quickly, it can actually prevent unnecessary hospital admissions, it reduces the length of stay in hospitals and it also allows children to be treated in the comfort of their own home.

However, children are still under the care of the consultant and can be brought back to hospital at any time if it is deemed necessary."

Explaining how the scheme works, Shirley said:- "It is the decision of the hospital doctor and senior nurse, and with the consent of parents that children are allowed home for treatment.."

The Crank Women's Institute (which is near to Rainford) recently raised more than £430 from a coffee morning, which they have donated to the Hospital at Home initiative.

With the donation, the Trust has purchased a hand-held Pulse Oximeter for children. This piece of equipment is vital because it allows nurses to measure the heart rate and oxygen saturation in children and because it is portable, it enables the nurses to treat youngsters at home with it.

June Burgess, of the Crank WI, said:- "We decided to raise money to buy the Oximeter because we felt it was a good cause and a vital piece of equipment to help the new scheme."

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Asian football set for breakthrough

THE PREMIERSHIP is on stand-by for the long awaited Asian breakthrough within the next five years. 

Clubs have been placed on high alert to catch a new wave of talent, thanks to the launch of the first national Asian Football tournament in Europe.

The Asia-Europe Football Festival is to showcase the best Asian players in the UK, in Liverpool, from 27-28 September, and has already attracted the interest of scouts from every Premier League club - as well as European giants Real Madrid.

Plans are in place to create the first Asian football academy in Liverpool by 2004 to capitalise on the event. 

Organisers,, have excited the games big names by inviting the winners of every mini-Asian tournament of the past three years to compete for what will be the first recognised national trophy.

Supported by the FA, the PFA, Liverpool city council as well as Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City and United, the festival will also include a women's football tournament, free coaching sessions to the general public as well as how to register for courses in refereeing and coaching.

The festival will be officially launched tomorrow - August 8 - at Liverpool Town Hall, where organisers will reveal plans for an annual International tournament, likely to go on tour to the Middle East in the New Year and Africa over Easter before returning back to Liverpool in the summer.

Festival Director Majid Lavji, said the aim of the festival is to be a stepping-stone for aspiring ethnic, women and children players, referees and coaches to make that breakthrough into football in the UK. 

Majid, 27, of Bromborough, Wirral, who set up while at Derby University, added:- ''We are still waiting for Asian Footballers to make the impact that black footballers have made since the early 70's. Mini-tournaments have been going for a few years but the standard of football is now right to go national.'' 

He added, ''It is an ideal opportunity for players to showcase their talent and for football bodies to join together and support ethnic minorities in the UK. It's also a chance for people to get involved in all aspects of the game from refereeing to coaching. Liverpool is the perfect place for the festival, not just for its reputation in football but also for its 'can do' attitude toward sport in general.''

Liverpool city council is co-supporting the event to be held at the Heron Eccles playing field in the Allerton area of the city.

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