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Date:- 30 July 2007

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RNID is calling on women in Merseyside to sign up for the charity’s Hydro Active Women’s Challenge team and enjoy a fun fundraising run, or walk, in Sefton Park, Liverpool.  The national charity, which represents 9 million deaf and hard of hearing people in the UK, wants to hear from women looking to participate in the popular 5km event on Sunday 16 September 2007.  RNID’s places are available on a 1st-come, 1st-served basis to prospective fundraisers who pay a £15 registration fee before the 25 August deadline and raise £75 for the charity.

Caroline Jupe, RNID Events & Community Fundraising Executive, says:- “We would be delighted to hear from women in Merseyside who are up for the challenge of raising vital funds to change the world for deaf and hard of hearing people at this year’s Hydro Active Women’s Challenge.  You and your friends can complete the 5km route at whatever speed you prefer, so you can pick up the pace to make it a fun run or a just enjoy a leisurely walk in the park!”

Everyone who joins RNID’s Hydro Active Women’s Challenge team will be entered into a free prize draw to win restaurant vouchers worth £50.  For more information, or to join RNID’s Hydro Active Women’s Challenge team, contact the Events Team on 0845 634 0687 (local rate) or email

Patient Opinion - tell us and other patients about your experience

DID you know there is an independent, national website where patients can share their experience of Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust?

Patient Opinion aims to turn patient feedback into better services. See for more information.

The public can use the site to thank the hospital or specific members of staff, relate a story about their experience, make constructive criticisms, rate our services and compare us to other hospitals.  Patient Opinion is an independent, not-for-profit business where all surplus value will be returned to the NHS. It covers all NHS Acute Trusts and private sector providers.

Paul Hodgkin, FRCGP, Chief Executive of Patient Opinion explained:- "Patient Opinion is for any comment about hospital care.

We review all postings before they are published and we aim to turn patient feedback into better services by working with users, patient groups, commissioners and hospital staff."

Liz Yates, Director of Nursing at Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust commented:- "We always welcome feedback from our patients and already receive comments via comment cards on the wards.

However, we realise some patients might like to wait until they are back at home before commenting about their experience, which is why we are very happy to be working with the Patient Opinion website and the Strategic Health Authority to encourage patients to share their experiences."

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