Oriental dragon arrives at Runshaw College
IT was a dragon’s den at Runshaw
College this week with a certain oriental visitor on campus.
Students on the Foundation Studies Art & Design course created a
unique piece of artwork – a mythical style Chinese dragon as part of
the ‘Respect Week’ diversity celebrations.
Simon Wess, a former student of Runshaw College and now visiting
artist on the Foundation Art and Design Course worked with
Foundation students from the Euxton Lane campus on the project.
Simon, whose work includes several
exhibitions including work at Preston’s Harris museum, said:-
“I was asked by the enrichment department to create several pieces
of artwork to decorate the main entrances throughout the college.
My aim was to produce a dragon which looked fun, alive and had a
strong presence. The Foundation students helped to work on the
dragon’s head, the most important part of the design.
The project gave the students a greater insight into the amount of
time and work that goes into producing artworks on a larger scale
and the pressure of meeting very specific deadlines.
It was good to see students getting involved in Respect Week. I’d
like to thank everyone for all their hard work, persistence and
Kerri McMurray, from Much Hoole, a
student at Runshaw’s Euxton Lane campus said:- “It was a good
experience to work together in a group and create something big and
colourful for public view.
We had a few problems but it was good to have a diverse team of
people to overcome them, and 'respect week' was a worthy cause to
get involved with within college.
The foundation course at Runshaw is a brilliant year for young
artists to find their feet and to find their own discipline and
style within art before going on to university. It’s a one off
chance to work in a studio with a group of people where everyone
knows everyone and everyone gets on.”
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98.6% rate children's A&E 'good' or 'better'
thanks to Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.s
IN a recent
survey, it was found that 31% of patients attending the Children's
Accident & Emergency department at Ormskirk & District General
Hospital do not live in our traditional catchment area of West
Lancashire and Southport & Formby.
As a follow-up to this, a questionnaire (based on that performed
nationally by the Healthcare Commission) was given to parents or
carers when they arrived at the department with their child and 158
were returned. This included questions on where they came from and
why they had come to the department, as well as questions on the
care their child had received.
The reasons people gave for choosing Ormskirk when it was not their
nearest hospital included:-
* They expected a short waiting time
* They were recommended it
* They had been previously
* The new facilities
The questionnaire asked about how they were treated from arrival to
discharge, and overall 98.6% of those who answered said they felt
the service was either good, very good or excellent with an
impressive 63.2% saying it was excellent.
When asked:- "Did you have confidence and trust in the Doctors
and Nurses", of the 143 people who answered only 2 said:-
"No" and one of these added:- "Though the nurses
were good with us".
When asked "How satisfied were you with the treatment"
of those who answered, 137 were either satisfied or very
satisfied with the treatment the child received, with only one being
Sharryn Gardner, Consultant Paediatrician at the A&E commenting on
the results of the questionnaire said, "All of our staff are
really pleased that so many people are satisfied with the service we
provide and the care we give to local children. We continue to
attract more and more people from outside of the immediate area and
are delighted by this. We can now use many of the constructive
comments to make further improvements, and we continue to welcome
any feedback. Initial projections suggested that our unit would see
around 16 000 patients per year, this year we expect to see 22 000,
and we encourage people to continue to choose to use our service as
it goes from strength to strength."
Some of the comments received included:-
"Treatment very quick with all my concerns listened to. All staff
from entering to leaving very polite and helpful."
"Always had excellent service."
"Thanks to everyone who helped."
"Courteous and friendly, efficient and informative."
"Very good service, you are a credit to the NHS."
MASSIVE BLOW FOR DISABLED CHILDREN IN NORTH WEST, SAYS NCH
IN response to
the Disabled Children (Family Support) Bill not being passed in the
House of Commons on 23 Febuary 2007, NCH Director of Children’s
Services North West, Paul Moore, says:-
“THIS decision is a massive blow for thousands of disabled
children and their families. By being denied the legal right to a
short break, too many parents will now not receive the support they
Caring for a disabled child can be very challenging making short
break support a lifeline. For families who have been struggling to
cope today’s decision could mean the difference between their child
staying at home or going into unnecessary and expensive residential
care, often miles away from home.
Short break support makes a huge difference to families and is also
cost-effective. It doesn’t make sense that the Disabled Children
(Family Support) Bill has not been passed in the same week the
Government announced a package of new support for carers. It is a
tragedy that this bill hasn’t been passed.”